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View the PDF document The state of libraries in the Solomon Islands in the 1990s
Author: Dadalo, Tony.
Institution: Loughborough University.
Award: B.A. (Hnrs) Information and Library Studies
Subject: Libraries -- Solomon Islands -- Evaluation
Date: 1999.
Call No.: Pac Z 665 .2 .S6 D34 1999
BRN: 928251
Copyright:20-40% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: There were two important considerations which led to this piece of academic research. First and foremost, there is the opinion that little advancement has taken place in Solomon Islands librarianship since the country was a British Protectorate. Secondly, there was a notable lack of research in this area, and thus this piece of work will contribute to the library literature of Solomon Islands. The project aimed to find out about the current state of libraries in Solomon Islands with particular attention to the resources available and the services provided. This was achieved through a questionnaire survey, site visits and informal interviews carried out in Solomon Islands between luly and August 1998. Twenty libraries representing the different types of libraries that exist in Solomon Islands participated in the survey. The research uncovered many interesting findings. The major findings reveal a library service faced with problems in an attempt to provide library and information services to the local communities. These problems are not unique to Solomon Islands but are common to many developing countries. The service is hampered by a general lack of library resources, a serious shortage of qualified librarians, insufficient funding, a lack of co-operation between libraries, and a lack of commitment and recognition of libraries by responsible authorities including the Government. There is also a lack of awareness of the services provided by the libraries and of the importance of librarianship as a profession. A professional library association which could lobby appropriate parties would help to overcome some of these obstacles. The dissertation ends with a series of conclusions on the roots of the problems and ways in which these problems could be overcome in order to lead to an improvement in the standard of libraries and librarianship in Solomon Islands.
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