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Studying international library services in S.E Asia

March 10, 2011

My final project will cover the library services that are offered to minority communities in South East Asia.  Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia are the countries with the most literature on the topic and the countries that I will most likely focus on. Some of the questions that I hope to cover are:

What are the different types of a minority communities?

Why is it important to improve services?

What countries in S.E Asia are actively trying to improve their services?

which countries are most involved in their minority communities?

What libraries are doing to improve services?

What are the current services being offered?

Are there future plans for other services?



3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2011 10:01 am

    In one of my classes, we discussed some of the difficulties that foreign students have when they come to the U.S. to study. The library system in their home country might have been quite different than what they encounter in a university in the U.S. We discussed how to make this transition easier, using services such as audio tours, translations, etc. to help students make the transition. It would be interesting to know how or if the libraries in Southeast Asia tend to differ from libraries in our system, and whether they offer any advice or guidance to students coming here.

  2. March 11, 2011 11:29 am

    I think it’s always neat to learn how other countries do things compared to the US – and library services are no different. Have you been to all of these countries? Interesting topic.

  3. clementmunns permalink
    March 17, 2011 4:19 pm

    Great topic.

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