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Vinh-The Lam

Librarian Emeritus
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

A teacher and librarian by training, Vinh-The Lam has held several teaching and library positions in South Vietnam before he emigrated to Canada in 1981. After having served in many government libraries, he joined the University of Saskatchewan Library in 1997, first as Head of Cataloging Department and then as Head of Technical Services Division. He retired from University of Saskatchewan with the rank of Librarian Emeritus in 2006.

Biography

Graduating from the Department of History and Geography, Faculty of Pedagogy, University of Saigon in 1963, Vinh-The Lam taught high schools for several years and then received a scholarship to go to the U.S. for librarianship training.  In 1973, after his successful completion of the Master of Library Science program at Syracuse University, he came back to Vietnam and served as Head of the Library Science Department, Van Hanh University, until the fall of Saigon.  In 1981, with his family, he emigrated to Canada.  From 1981 on, he worked in the libraries and/or archives of several government agencies.  Ten years before his retirement in 2006, he joined the University of Saskatchewan, serving as Head of the Cataloguing Department (1997-2000) and then Head of the Technical Services Division (2000-2003).  He has authored a number of library science textbooks and a few dozens of research articles published in Vietnamese and foreign library science journals.  He took retirement from the University of Saskatchewan in July 2006 with the rank of Librarian Emeritus.
Beside his activities in the library science field, Vinh-The Lam has not forgotten his first-selected field of his academic study: history and geography.  He has, therefore, devoted a significant amount of his time to search and collect documents on the Vietnam War, especially for the period of the greatest political crisis of the Republic of Vietnam (1963-1967), which led to the U.S. Government’s decision to send combat troops to Vietnam in 1965.  He researched secret documents of the CIA and the U.S. State Department which have been gradually declassified during the post-war years.  He has written many research articles on that period of time, short but containing elements that determined the fate of South Vietnam in April 1975.  His research work in this area has culminated in the publication of his scholarly work Republic of Vietnam, 1963-1967: Years of Political Chaos (Hamilton, Ontario: Hoai Viet, 2010; 295 pages).  He is also the translator of The Price of Freedom: Exodus and Diaspora of Vietnamese People (Montréal: Sans Frontières, 2015; 344 pages).  The 2nd edition of this book was recently published by Nguoi Viet Books (Westminster, California, USA), 2017, 468 pages.  Recently, his English translation of the original Vietnamese-language book Những bằng chứng về chủ quyền của Việt Nam đối với hai quần đảo Hoàng Sa và Trường Sa, entitled Vietnam, Territoriality, and the South China Sea: Paracel and Spratly Islands has been published by Routledge in 2019.  He is currently Project Director of the US-based non-profit non-government organization called The Library and Education Assistance Foundation for Vietnam (LEAF-VN), with a Website at:  https://www.leaf-vn.org/english.html.  He is also Vice-President for Internal Affairs of the Canada-based Bui Trong Chuong Scholarship Fund, which maintains a Website at:  https://btc-fund.blogspot.com/2013/06/welcome.html, and provides scholarships to gifted but financially disadvantaged secondary school students in Vietnam.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Library and Information Science
    Modern Vietnamese History (Vietnam War, Republic of Vietnam)
    Vietnamese Studies (Culture, Education, Library Development)

Personal Interests

    Computer Games
    Travel

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Vietnam, Territoriality and the South China Sea - Nha & Lam - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Vụ ám sát dân biểu Trần Văn Văn ngày 7-12-1966


Published: Feb 28, 2019 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies, Asian Studies

This article recounts the assassination of Mr. Trần Văn Văn, a member of the Republic of Vietnam's Constituent Assembly on December 7, 1966 in Saigon.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Thủ Đức: xưa và nay


Published: Jan 30, 2019 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Geography , History, Area Studies

This article provides a detailed historical and cultural description of Thủ Đức, formerly a district of the Gia Định Province, now a district of Hồ Chí Minh City.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

ÐaKao: một trung tâm văn hóa


Published: Jan 25, 2019 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies, Asian Studies

This article presents all cultural points of interest of Dakao, an old quarter of District 1 of Saigon, South Vietnam: elementary and secondary schools, universities, community halls, temples, zoo, museum, and local restaurants.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Phát triển thư viện tại Miền Nam trước 1975


Published: Jan 13, 2019 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Information Science, Area Studies, Asian Studies

This article describes in details all aspects of the library development in the Republic of Vietnam before 1975. The author of this article, Vinh-The Lam, was President of the Vietnamese Library Association (VLA) during 1974-1975.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Một chuyến thượng kinh


Published: Jan 10, 2019 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies

This article recounts the author's personal experience when he participated in the fact-finding trip to the old imperial city of Huế in January 1975. The mission was to make a survey of the Nguyễn Dynasty emperors' mausoleums in order to seek financial assistance from UNESCO to renovate them.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Lục Tỉnh Tân Văn: một trong những tờ báo sống lâu nhứt tại Nam Kỳ trước 1975


Published: Jan 05, 2019 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: http://viethocjournal.com/2019/01/lttv-sau-cung/
Subjects: History, Mass Communications, Area Studies, Asian Studies

This article presents the history, from the beginning to the end, of the Vietnamese language Cochinchinese journal Lục Tỉnh Tân Văn, one of the longest-living newspaper in Cochinchina before 1975.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Ðịa linh nhơn kiệt của Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh


Published: Dec 19, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

This article gives introductory information regarding some of the most important historical personalities of Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh (i.e., Cochinchina), South Vietnam.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Khoán ước của Minh Hương Xã


Published: Dec 15, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

This article analyzes the contents of the Village Social Contract of Minh Hương Xã, the community established in Vietnam by the Ming Loyalists in the 18th Century.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Cách đặt tên con cháu của dòng họ Nguyễn Phúc


Published: Dec 06, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies

This article presents a detailed introduction to the way of giving names to the descendants of the Nguyễn Phúc family, the last royal dynasty in the history of Vietnam.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Đình Minh Hương Gia Thạnh


Published: Dec 06, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

This article gives a detailed introduction to the history and characteristics of the Dinh Minh Huong Gia Thanh, a Chinese architectural style temple built by the Ming Loyalists in the 18th Century in Saigon, South Vietnam.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Community hall in Vietnam


Published: Dec 05, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies, Asian Studies

The article describes the main functions and characteristics of the Dinh (Community Hall), the administrative, religious and cultural public place in every village of Vietnam.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Tài liệu Việt Học tại Ðại Học Cornell


Published: Dec 05, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science, Asian Studies

This article gives a detailed bibliographic introduction to the Vietnamese studies materials held in the South East Asian collection of Cornell University Library.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Đánh giá tài liệu trong việc nghiên cứu lịch sử Việt Nam Cộng Hòa


Published: Dec 03, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies, Asian Studies

This articles describes the historical research methodology applied in the evaluation of English and Vietnamese documents used in the research studies of the history of the Vietnam War and the history of the Republic of Vietnam.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Những sắc thái riêng biệt trong tín ngưỡng dân gian Miền Nam


Published: Nov 20, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

This article presents the special characteristics of the popular beliefs in South Vietnam, focussing on the Dinh (Community Hall) in villages.

Tập-san Việt-Học Journal

Circumstances surrounding the first contact between Canada and Vietnam, 1954-1956,


Published: Nov 16, 2018 by Tập-san Việt-Học Journal
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History

This articles recounts in detail the circumstances surrounding the first contact between Canada and Vietnam through the work of the International Commission for Supervision and Control (ICCS) established by the 1954 Geneva Accords, which ended the Indochina War in July 1954.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Di tản khỏi Sài Gòn cuối tháng 4 năm 1975: Chiến dịch Frequent Wind


Published: Jun 21, 2018 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History

This article describes the US last military operation in South Vietnam: Operation Frequent Wind, which evacuated US citizens and at-risk Vietnamese people from Saigon from the afternoon of April 29 and the early morning of April 30, 1975.

Trung Học Kiểu Mẫu Thủ Đức

Các Sư Ðoàn Không Quân Của Quân Lực Việt Nam Cộng Hòa


Published: Jun 15, 2018 by Trung Học Kiểu Mẫu Thủ Đức
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies

This article gives a detailed description of the 6 Divisions of the Republic of Vietnam Air Force with complete information for their formation, components (air wings, air squadrons), types of aircrafts (helicopters, transport, fighters), names and ranks of the commanders.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Tử thủ An Lộc mùa Hè năm 1972


Published: Apr 30, 2018 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History

This articles gives a complete story, from the start to the end, of the valiant fighting of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) during the siege of An Loc, capital city of Binh Long Province, in the Summer of 1972.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Tái chiếm Quảng Trị: trận đánh đẫm máu nhứt trong chiến tranh Việt Nam


Published: Jan 21, 2018 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History

This articles gives a detailed account of the battle of the Republic of Vietnam's Marines Corps to recapture the Dinh Cong Trang Citadel in Quang Tri Province in the summer of 1972, the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Phật giáo và chính phủ Trần Văn Hương


Published: Dec 15, 2017 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies

This article summarizes the political crisis fomented by the Buddhists during the short-lived Tran Van Huong Government of the Republic of Vietnam (November-December 1964).

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Dinh Gia Long trong dòng lịch sử cận đại của Sài Gòn


Published: Dec 13, 2017 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies

This article gives a complete history of the Gia Long Palace, one of the most important government buildings in the modern history of Saigon, South Vietnam.

Diễn đàn Thế Kỷ

Nhận định và đánh giá bộ phim The Vietnam War của hai đạo diễn Ken Burns và Lynn Novick


Published: Nov 21, 2017 by Diễn đàn Thế Kỷ
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History

A critical review of the PBS documentary film The Vietnam War directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Nhóm tướng trẻ trong Quân Lực Việt Nam Cộng Hòa vào giai đoạn 1964-1965


Published: Nov 15, 2017 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies

This article gives a complete account of the "Young Turks," the group of young generals in the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) formed during 1964-1965 with Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky, Commander of the ARVN Air Force, as its spokesperson.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Tài liệu SNIE 14.3-67: một bài học đắt giá của việc chính-trị-hóa tình báo


Published: Sep 28, 2017 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History

This article gives a complete story of the US intelligence document called SNIE 14.3-67 (Special National Intelligence Estimate 14.3-67), which happened to be a costly lesson of the politicization of intelligence, leading to the failure of the US Intelligence Community to predict the Communist Tet Offensive in February 1968.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Tìm hiểu lệnh triệt thoái Quân Ðoàn II tháng 3-1975


Published: Jun 15, 2017 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies, Area Studies

This article analyzes the causes, execution and effects of the Republic of Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu's order to withdraw all forces from Military Region II in March 1975.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Tìm hiểu thêm về việc Thủy Quân Lục Chiến Hoa Kỳ đổ bộ vào Đà Nẵng ngày 8-3-1965


Published: May 28, 2017 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies, Area Studies

This article is a deeper investigation of the landing of U.S. Marines in Da Nang, South Vietnam on March 8th, 1965.

Diễn đàn Thế Kỷ

Nhận định và đánh giá về cựu Tổng thống Nguyễn Văn Thiệu


Published: May 02, 2017 by Diễn đàn Thế Kỷ
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History

This articles give a complete evaluation of the performance of former president of the Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Ðầu hàng tại trại Carroll ngày 2-4-1972


Published: Feb 07, 2017 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies, Area Studies

This article analyzes the causes, execution, and effects of the unique surrender of a large-size unit (Regiment 56 of the Third Infantry Division) of the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) at Camp Carroll in Quang Tri Province, on April 2nd, 1972.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

“Nhứt Thắng, nhì Chinh, tam Thanh, tứ Trưởng”


Published: Nov 30, 2016 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies, Area Studies

This article gives personal profiles of the 4 famously uncorrupted generals of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam: Lieutenant-General Nguyen Duc Thang, Lieutenant-General Phan Trong Chinh, Lieutenant-General Nguyễn Viet Thanh, and Lieutenant-General Ngo Quang Truong.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Vụ trực thăng Mỹ bắn lầm tại trường Phước Ðức, Chợ Lớn chiều ngày 2-6-1968


Published: Nov 17, 2016 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies, Area Studies

This article analyzes the tragic incident of the fatal friendly fire from a U.S. Army helicopter that occurred at the Phuoc Duc School, in Cholon, the Saigon Chinatown, on June 2nd, 1968.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Tình báo trong chiến tranh Việt Nam


Published: Nov 17, 2016 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies, Area Studies

This article presents the general picture of the intelligence systems of both sides in the Vietnam War with effects in some of the most important battles as illustrations.

Trung Học Kiểu Mẫu Thủ Đức

Vấn đề truy dụng tài liệu đã giải mật của Chính Phủ Hoa Kỳ


Published: Jun 06, 2016 by Trung Học Kiểu Mẫu Thủ Đức
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Information Science, Area Studies

This article provides complete information regarding the different means and ways of access to the U.S. Government declassified documents.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Thủy-Quân Lục-Chiến Hoa Kỳ đổ bộ vào Đà Nẵng ngày 8 tháng 3 năm 1965


Published: May 25, 2016 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Military & Security Studies, Area Studies

This article presents the political and military circumstances surrounding the landing of the first U.S. Marines Brigade in Da Nang, South Vietnam on March 8th, 1965 marking the introduction of the U.S. ground combat troops in the Vietnam War.

Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh

Thất bại của các chính phủ dân sự tại Miền Nam, 1964-1967


Published: Mar 18, 2016 by Nam Kỳ Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Area Studies

This article analyzes the causes of the failures of all civilian governments of the Republic of Vietnam during the period of 1964-1967.

Nam Ky Lục Tỉnh

Tài liệu mật của CIA về Việt Nam Cộng Hòa


Published: Jan 15, 2016 by Nam Ky Lục Tỉnh
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Information Science, Area Studies

This article gives complete information of how to identify, access, evaluate and use of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's declassified documents.

Cataloging & classifiction quarterly, v.44, no. 3/4 (2007), 213-220

Error rates in monograph copy cataloging bibliographic records before and after outsourcing at the University of Saskatchewan Library


Published: Oct 15, 2007 by Cataloging & classifiction quarterly, v.44, no. 3/4 (2007), 213-220
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science

This comparative study was conducted to compare error rates encountered in monograph copy cataloging bibliographic records before and after a cataloging outsourcing program was implemented at the University of Saskatchewan Library. The findings of the study were twofold: 1) The error rates were low and acceptable; 2) There was no significant difference between error rates before and after outsourcing.

Cataloging & classification quarterly, v. 40, no. 1 (2005), 101-122

Quality control issues in outsourcing cataloging in United States and Canadian academic libraries


Published: Mar 15, 2005 by Cataloging & classification quarterly, v. 40, no. 1 (2005), 101-122
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science

This article presents the results of a study conducted to investigate the quality control issues in cataloging outsourcing programs implemented in U.S. and Canadian academic libraries.

Serials librarian, v. 43, no. 3 (2003), 39-57

Canadian National Site Licensing Project: getting ready for CNSLP at the Universiy of Saskatchewan Library


Published: Oct 15, 2003 by Serials librarian, v. 43, no. 3 (2003), 39-57
Authors: David Fox and Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science

The Canadian National Site Licensing Project (CNSLP) is a national effort by a consortium of 64 Canadian university libraries to provide access to full text electronic journals. This article describes the process developed at the University of Saskatchewan Library to manage the CNSLP.

Cataloging & classification quarterly, v. 32, no. 4 (2001), 53-69

Outsourcing authority control: experience of the Universiy of Saskatchewan Libraries


Published: Nov 15, 2001 by Cataloging & classification quarterly, v. 32, no. 4 (2001), 53-69
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science

This article summarizes the experiences gained by the University of Saskatchewan Libraries in the Authority Control (AC) project: 1) decision-making process in the selection of the outsourcing vendor; 2) pre- and post-database clean-up by the vendor; and, 3) current AC activities.

Serials librarian, v. 39, no. 3 (2001), 25-34

Organizational and technical issues in providing access to electronic journals


Published: Oct 15, 2001 by Serials librarian, v. 39, no. 3 (2001), 25-34
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science

Remote access electronic journals are now a major part of academic library resources. This paper discusses some of the most important organizational and technical issues in providing access to these journals.

Cataloging & classification quarterly, v. 29, no. 3 (2000), 49-62

Cataloging Internet resources: why, what, how


Published: Oct 15, 2000 by Cataloging & classification quarterly, v. 29, no. 3 (2000), 49-62
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science

This paper tries to trace the decade-long history of the library community's efforts in providing an effective way to catalog Internet resources. Basically, its objective is to answer the following questions: Why catalog ? What to catalog; and, How to catalog.

Texas Tech University Vietnam Center

Creation, Organization and Use of Recorded Information On Overseas Vietnamese Experience


Published: Apr 01, 2000 by Texas Tech University Vietnam Center
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: History, Information Science

A significantly large body of recorded information has been generated by the Vietnamese expatriates throughout the world. This paper tries to summarize some of the important issues in the creation, organization, and use of that body of recorded information.

Canadian journal of information science, v. 17, no. 1 (Apr. 1992), 24-31

Quality control for a bibliographic database


Published: Apr 15, 1992 by Canadian journal of information science, v. 17, no. 1 (Apr. 1992), 24-31
Authors: Vinh-The Lam
Subjects: Information Science

This article presents the experience gained at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) in the implementation of a Quality Control (QC) program for its main bibliographic database called CANADIANA.

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