Libraries and LIS education in Vietnam: a view from the outside

Libraries and LIS education in Vietnam: a view from the outside Purpose – Documenting some of the developments in libraries, and LIS education in Vietnam, this paper aims to suggest directions for achieving goals of education, collaboration, policy development, and access to resources in this rapidly developing country. Design/methodology/approach – The report is based on an extensive literature review of available English language material together with information obtained from structured interviews with a group of LIS professionals in Vietnam. These data support an analysis of current initiatives, programs and developments taking place in the different library sectors in Vietnam. Findings – Significant developments have occurred in Vietnam in terms of national policy agendas and development of the internet backbone. The pace of change, particularly in the national and university sectors, has been dramatic but the pace of change at other levels is somewhat slower. Community development, access to electronic resources, and education of information professionals are identified as areas for development. In particular, the paper focuses on the emergence of improved professional communication, which is facilitated by an improved ICT infrastructure within Vietnam, which allows managers to cooperate and share experiences more effectively. Research limitations/implications – The major limitation to the research is the fact that much of the literature about this topic is only available in the Vietnamese language. This research was conducted using the available English language material, and the interview responses of the LIS professionals in Vietnam. Further research is needed by Vietnamese library professionals on the state of the industry, and the directions being taken at the different levels. Practical implications – The study identifies a number of strategies, and areas for development, which could have an impact on training of library staff, and moving towards more collaborative approaches at all levels of library resourcing. Originality/value – This paper brings together information published in a variety of sources, not always readily available to give a more detailed view of library development in Vietnam for the international community. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

Libraries and LIS education in Vietnam: a view from the outside

Library Management, Volume 31 (7): 14 – Jul 27, 2010

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0143-5124
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10.1108/01435121011071210
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Abstract

Purpose – Documenting some of the developments in libraries, and LIS education in Vietnam, this paper aims to suggest directions for achieving goals of education, collaboration, policy development, and access to resources in this rapidly developing country. Design/methodology/approach – The report is based on an extensive literature review of available English language material together with information obtained from structured interviews with a group of LIS professionals in Vietnam. These data support an analysis of current initiatives, programs and developments taking place in the different library sectors in Vietnam. Findings – Significant developments have occurred in Vietnam in terms of national policy agendas and development of the internet backbone. The pace of change, particularly in the national and university sectors, has been dramatic but the pace of change at other levels is somewhat slower. Community development, access to electronic resources, and education of information professionals are identified as areas for development. In particular, the paper focuses on the emergence of improved professional communication, which is facilitated by an improved ICT infrastructure within Vietnam, which allows managers to cooperate and share experiences more effectively. Research limitations/implications – The major limitation to the research is the fact that much of the literature about this topic is only available in the Vietnamese language. This research was conducted using the available English language material, and the interview responses of the LIS professionals in Vietnam. Further research is needed by Vietnamese library professionals on the state of the industry, and the directions being taken at the different levels. Practical implications – The study identifies a number of strategies, and areas for development, which could have an impact on training of library staff, and moving towards more collaborative approaches at all levels of library resourcing. Originality/value – This paper brings together information published in a variety of sources, not always readily available to give a more detailed view of library development in Vietnam for the international community.

Journal

Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 27, 2010

Keywords: Libraries; Library instruction; Professional education; Vietnam; Developing countries

References

  • Issues in library development for Vietnam
    Lam, V.‐T.
  • A national library association for Vietnam
    Lam, V.‐T.
  • Automating Vietnam's academic libraries: the example of Vietnam National University
    Nguyen, H.C.
  • Consulting across cultures: librarians and project management
    Robinson, M.
  • Recent library developments in Vietnam
    Tran, L.A.
  • Library and information science education in Vietnam
    Tran, L.A.; Gorman, G.E.

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