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|Title: ||Cooperation among university libraries in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries: proposals for effective cooperative programmes|
|Authors: ||Tashkandy, Anas Saleh|
|Issue Date: ||1992|
|Publisher: ||© Anas S. Tashkandy|
|Abstract: ||The aim of this research is to examine the current situation of
university libraries in the GCC countries identifying the problems
and difficulties being faced by them and suggest means and ways by
which an effective library cooperation may solve these problems.
A general description of library cooperation is given, including
that in developing countries and in the Arab world.
Apart from literature sources the material for this research was
obtained by questionnaire, personal visits to university libraries
and some related research institutions in the countries concerned
and by some personal observations and experience.
The development of library and information services in general in
the CCC countries is examined, but particularly various features of
university libraries, from administration to user services.
University library resources, technical services, and existing
cooperative activities are also discussed in detail.
There are some major issues which are related to library cooperation
such as financial resources, adequacy of library collections,
collection development practices, uniform standards of technical
processing of library materials, availability of bibliographical
apparatus and experienced professional manpower. The analysis of
these issues brought out factors which should motivate individual
libraries to engage in a library cooperation and resource sharing
network. There is no practical or well organised resource sharing programme
among university libraries in the GCC countries, even the existing
marginal activities are not satisfactory to all university libraries
concerned. This is mainly due to the absence of a well organised
central agency which should take the lead to implement a well
developed cooperative model for library cooperation in the region.
The various professional meetings which have been organised at a
regional level emphasised the importance of establishing effective
cooperative links among university libraries in the Gulf region, but
little implementation of these proposals have resulted so far. With
the current political situation in the Gulf region and with the
limitation on financial resources, the need for effective library
cooperation is emphasised now more than ever before. Therefore, this
research makes some practical recommendations emphasising the need
for a central agency responsible for library cooperation programmes
and proposing a model for an effective resource sharing network
among university libraries in the GCC countries in the hope of
improving the existing situation.|
|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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