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A Malaysian Community Managed Library

, Wan Fadzli Wan Haron
State-of-the-Art Theories and Empirical Evidence pp 267-274; doi:10.1007/978-981-10-6926-0_17

Abstract: Globally, of the various kinds of community library models that have been developed around the world, it is said the only model that appears to offer the best prospect of sustainability, viability, and a suitable emphasis on users’ service quality and needs are the library authority-led community library also known as ‘Community Managed Library’. The term ‘Community Managed Library’ emphases on maintaining community private individual libraries that is designated for community intervention and management of different types. In theory, such arrangement exists in a very formal basis. Meaning, a library authority should be able to include the services offered by such community [managed] libraries for such members of the community [users]. This paper will enlighten the pragmatism of the ‘Community Managed Library’ notion in Malaysian setting and values. Several current Malaysian existing community-managed libraries will be put forward as the foundation of the investigation on this ‘new’ community library model. The successfulness and challenges faced by current Malaysian community library will be discussed.
Keywords: Community Managed Library / Library / Rural development / Rural community / Community library

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