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|Title: ||National bibliography in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tunisia: an analytical and comparative study with a view to planning a Saudi Arabian national bibliography|
|Authors: ||Samarkandi, Abdullatif A.|
|Issue Date: ||1990|
|Publisher: ||© Abdullatif Abdulhakeem Samarkandi|
|Abstract: ||Saudi Arabia has, in recent years, experienced a remarkable
development in publishing, due to the expansion of education, the
encouragement of writers and publications by the government, and the
Islamic heritage. In this context, a National Bibliography is a vital
ingredient in promoting publications and encouraging their wider use.
The objective of this study is three-fold: to find a model for
National Bibliography in the KSA; to consider this proposal in the
context of Arab national bibliographies and in the light of broader
The method of study involved reading a wide range of works on the
subject, including papers and conference documents as well as books.
Interviews were conducted with individuals and organisations connected
with the subject. Description and analysis of works in Saudi Arabia,
Egypt and Tunisia were made according to the following plan:
publisher; need and aim; scope of coverage (period, subject, type
and number); organisation; bibliographical description; and
Most of the bibliographic works produced in the KSA have been for
specific purposes, appearing at different periods and often
overlapping. They cannot themselves be regarded as a retrospective
national bibliography but could be useful in producing one. Egypt and Tunisia are chosen for study as both have experienced
similar problems to the KSA and both have a tradition of regular
national bibliography. In both countries, the National Library
produces the National Bibliography. Their experiences are considered
useful for positive adoption of successful features and avoidance of
shortcardngs in setting up a Saudi National Bibliography.
In addition, a wider examination of Arab Bibliography and
international definitions and practices has been made. Deposition law,
as a vital feature of successful bibliography production, has also
been considered for the main countries studied and for others.
The National Library of Saudi Arabia should be the body to publish the
prospective National Bibliography, benefiting fron the examples given
above. Recarmendations are made for the administration and working of the New Bibliography.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Information Science)|
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