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Colonialism, ethnicity, and geopolitics in the development of the Singapore National Library.

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dc.contributor.author Luyt, Brendan.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-10T03:49:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-10T03:49:30Z
dc.date.copyright 2009
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Luyt, B. (2009). Colonialism, ethnicity, and geopolitics in the development of the Singapore National Library. Libraries and the Cultural Record, 44(4), 418-433.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/8366
dc.description.abstract This article addresses three key social, political, and economic forces that influenced the development of the Singapore National Library in the 1950s and 1960s. Singapore inherited a British colonial system that neglected both the education of indigenous residents and library development. A major impetus for the development of a national library came as the country moved toward independence in the 1950s and 1960s and it became politically necessary to provide a multilingual rather than a predominantly English-language library. After independence the Singapore National Library collections and policies were influenced by the censorship imposed by the government in power in the early 1960s. This article examines these three social factors—colonial inheritance, ethnic issues, and the geopolitical situation—and the effects they had on the early development of the Singapore National Library.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Libraries and the cultural record
dc.rights © 2009 University of Texas Press. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Libraries and the Cultural Record, University of Texas Press. 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 DOI : [http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/lac.0.0101].
dc.subject DRNTU::Library and information science.
dc.title Colonialism, ethnicity, and geopolitics in the development of the Singapore National Library.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.contributor.school Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/lac.0.0101
dc.description.version Accepted version

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