Associate Professor Amorn Petsom, PhD, has served as the Director of the Office of Academic Resources at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand since 2015. Embracing a forward-thinking vision of ‘Reinventing the Library,’ he has modernized the library to meet international standards, focusing on smart technology and sustainable growth. Under his guidance, significant projects like the I-Thesis have been launched. This electronic thesis submission platform, integrated with a Thai Language plagiarism checker, is now adopted by over 20 universities in Thailand. Moreover, he championed for CUIR to attain the Core Trust Seal Certification for Trustworthy Institutional Repositories this year, ensuring the service sustainability planning. He also pioneered the innovative “Unmanned Library” called “Chula Ultimate X Library”, a fully automated system tailored for modern users and addressing staffing challenges.
Dr. Petsom’s unwavering commitment to excellence and sustainability shines through the library’s attainment of multiple international and national certifications, including the ISO9001:2015 Quality Management and Thailand’s Green Office Award in 2020, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management in 2021, TLA’s Green Library Award and Thailand Excellent Library Award in 2022, and most recently the ISO45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety in 2023. As a strong advocate for sustainable development, he has implemented solar rooftops, zero-waste water systems, and various energy-saving projects. Dr. Petsom foster a culture of continuous improvement and sustainability among the library staff, offering opportunities like scholarships, staff-exchange programs, and both re-skilling and up-skilling training sessions. His visionary leadership has not only transformed a century-old library into a smart library but have also laid the foundation for its sustainable growth, making it a second home for all.