Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106290
Title:
Library Provision to the Tamil Community in Singapore
Author:
Ilangovan, Malarvele; Higgins, Susan Ellen
Citation:
Library Provision to the Tamil Community in Singapore 2003-01, 13(1) Libres
Journal:
Libres
Issue Date:
Jan-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106290
Submitted date:
2005-03-29
Abstract:
This study explores the provision of public library services to the Tamil Community through the National Library Board of Singapore's system of public libraries. Results of the study are analyzed and implications for services deduced through focus group interactions and researcher observations. The study concludes that improvement is needed in collections, facilities, programming, and services, particularly in the area of provision to young people. Focus group participants also propose an Internet portal in Tamil. Many indicate that the library could, through facilitating the reading and use of the Tamil language, help in promoting the usage of the Tamil language in Singapore. The recognition of Tamil as a national language of Singapore has given the Tamils intrinsic satisfaction because the language provides them with a living link to their ethnic culture. They believe the library can help them regain their cultural identity and also assist them in repositioning themselves positively in Singaporean society. The contribution of this study to the professional literature is the idea of cultural identity being central in public library services to special user groups.
Type:
Journal Article (On-line/Unpaginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Libraries
Local subject classification:
Library services for ethnic communities; Role of the library in cultural identity; Cultural diversity

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorIlangovan, Malarveleen_US
dc.contributor.authorHiggins, Susan Ellenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-03-29T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:43:52Z-
dc.date.issued2003-01en_US
dc.date.submitted2005-03-29en_US
dc.identifier.citationLibrary Provision to the Tamil Community in Singapore 2003-01, 13(1) Libresen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106290-
dc.description.abstractThis study explores the provision of public library services to the Tamil Community through the National Library Board of Singapore's system of public libraries. Results of the study are analyzed and implications for services deduced through focus group interactions and researcher observations. The study concludes that improvement is needed in collections, facilities, programming, and services, particularly in the area of provision to young people. Focus group participants also propose an Internet portal in Tamil. Many indicate that the library could, through facilitating the reading and use of the Tamil language, help in promoting the usage of the Tamil language in Singapore. The recognition of Tamil as a national language of Singapore has given the Tamils intrinsic satisfaction because the language provides them with a living link to their ethnic culture. They believe the library can help them regain their cultural identity and also assist them in repositioning themselves positively in Singaporean society. The contribution of this study to the professional literature is the idea of cultural identity being central in public library services to special user groups.en_US
dc.format.mimetypehtmen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLibrariesen_US
dc.subject.otherLibrary services for ethnic communitiesen_US
dc.subject.otherRole of the library in cultural identityen_US
dc.subject.otherCultural diversityen_US
dc.titleLibrary Provision to the Tamil Community in Singaporeen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (On-line/Unpaginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalLibresen_US
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