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dc.contributor.author Luyt, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-31T03:51:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-31T03:51:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012-07-31
dc.identifier.citation Luyt, B. (2012). The social role of the Raffles Library, Singapore, in the inter-war years. Journal of Documentation, 68(1), 134-143.
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0418
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/8357
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this article is to examine the inter-war history of the Raffles Library in Singapore with the aim of understanding what the management of the library believed its role should be as well as the role others in that society considered that it should fulfill. Design/methodology/approach – The article is based on historical research using archival sources. Findings – To a great extent the management of the library narrowly construed the institution's mission in terms of appealing to that class of persons likely to become paying members – that is, the European elite and its high-level local collaborators. Financial constraints, relations between the library and museum as well as prevalent negative attitudes regarding class and race in colonial society are likely reasons for the lack of sustained attention to non-European populations. Originality/value – The library history of much of Asia remains relatively unexplored, especially from a viewpoint that stresses the importance of social context to library structure and operation.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of documentation
dc.rights © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Documentation, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00220411211200365].
dc.subject DRNTU::Library and information science::Libraries.
dc.title The social role of the Raffles Library, Singapore, in the inter-war years
dc.type Journal Article
dc.contributor.school Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00220411211200365
dc.description.version Accepted version

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