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Title: A vision for a knowledge society and learning nation : the role of a National Library System
Authors: Lim, Sean
Chia, Yew Boon
Sharma, Ravi S.
Keywords: DRNTU::Library and information science::Libraries::Knowledge management
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Sharma, R. S., Lim, S., & Chia Y. B. (2009). A Vision for a Knowledge Society and Learning Nation: The Role of a National Library System. The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management, 7(5-6), 91-113.
Series/Report no.: The IUP journal of knowledge management
Abstract: This paper reflects on the evolution of a knowledge society--a key ingredient of economic competitiveness. More specifically, it reviews the relevant literature on the subject in order to perform a grounded theory case analysis on the policies of the National Library System (NLS) in Singapore. The research methodology comprises three stages--formulating a model for communal knowledge sharing, an environmental scan of news and policy releases about the national library, and in-depth interviews with senior library professionals about the impact of national libraries. The findings of the field study indicate that most information and knowledge professionals depend on an effective NLS to promote learning and knowledge sharing by cultivating social and relational capital as well as the well-understood structural repositories. The article concludes that effective policies inexorably lead to a culture for learning and development.
Rights: © 2009 IUP. This paper was published in The IUP journal of knowledge management and is made available as an electronic reprint (preprint) with permission of IUP. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
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