Libraries and the Internet in Singapore

Libraries and the Internet in Singapore

Abdus Sattar Chaudhry (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Suliman Al-Hawamdeh (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Copyright: © 1999 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1999100102
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Abstract

Singapore government together with private and semi-government organizations has embarked on several projects to promote the use of IT and transform Singapore into an information hub. This is in line with attempts to transform Singapore economy from a labor intensive to a knowledge-based economy. The government has realized the vital role of libraries and the need to transform these libraries into more dynamic information centers. This involved upgrading and expanding the existing library facilities, encourage libraries to use IT in all aspects of their operations and finally upgrade the library professional skills. Some of the projects that have been realized include IT2000 Plan, Singapore One Network, Library 2000 initiative, TiARA (Timely information for All, Affordable and Relevant) Project and E-Commerce Business Plan. All major libraries in Singapore are trying to utilize and take advantage of the Internet technology. They are currently using the Internet for communication, surfing, publishing of local information, and e-commerce for acquisition.

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