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The history and development of the Institute of Southeast Asia Studies Library, 1967-2012: Future issues and challenges
Southeast Asian studies
Library automation system
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Paper presented at the International 5th Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICoLIS 2014), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4-5 November 2014
The history and development of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Library in
Singapore can be seen in the annual reports of the Institute from 1970 to 2012. The researcher also visited the library about 20 times over a two year period and referred to secondary information like journal articles to study the Library. The first phase of the Library covers the years 1969 to 1987 when the founder Librarian and her team developed the Library under the first four Directors of the Institute. This study looks at the issues and challenges relating to acquisition and collection development of the Library’s materials. The second phase of the Library is the period when the second chief librarian succeeded the founder librarian from the years 1988 to 2012. The second phase marks the beginning of the introduction of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) in the Library, including multimedia materials. Finally, this study tries to identify the future policies and practices of the Library in areas of management, collection development and the provision of services for the different types of users. This study suggests that the ISEAS Library has developed to be a special for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore when it
contributed 65 per cent of original cataloguing records of its unique materials in the Singapore Integrated Library Automation System (SILAS) database in 1996. Recommendations were made to the like issues and challenges the Library will face in the future.
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