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Library development in Uzbekistan: progress and problems since the dissolution of the USSR.

Johnson, Ian M.

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Ian M. Johnson



Abstract

The paper is a report on the development and current state of libraries and information services in Uzbekistan. It was initially prepared as background for a project supported by the European Commissions TEMPUS programme that provided technical assistance for developments in Armenia, Georgia and Uzbekistan. The paper is based on a review of the published literature and data gathered during the implementation of the project, and addresses a wide range of issues that were encountered. It provides some background information on the country, the state of publishing and bookselling, and the dissemination of research results; briefly describes the development of libraries and information services, and professional education; outlines the international development assistance that they have received during the last twenty years; describes their current situation; and indicates some of their future needs. It notes that, while the activities of international governmental and non-governmental agencies to offset the catastrophic effects of the disintegration of the centralised Soviet system may have lacked coordination, the national government of Uzbekistan appears to be taking a more strategic approach to the development of its library and information services.

Citation

JOHNSON, I.M. 2013. Library development in Uzbekistan: progress and problems since the dissolution of the USSR. Alexandria: the journal of national and international library and information issues [online], 24(1), pages 43-79. Available from: https://doi.org/10.7227/ALX.24.1.5

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2013
Online Publication Date Apr 30, 2013
Publication Date Apr 30, 2013
Deposit Date May 20, 2014
Publicly Available Date May 20, 2014
Journal Alexandria: the journal of national and international library and information issues
Print ISSN 0955-7490
Electronic ISSN 2050-4551
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 43-79
DOI https://doi.org/10.7227/ALX.24.1.5
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/976

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