Full text: Bibliotheksdienst (Rights reserved) Issue 35.2001 (Rights reserved)

Ausland THEMEN Library concepts in Jordan Mohammad A. Subeihi (Am 7. und 8. Juni 2001 fand anlässlich des hundertjährigen Bestehens der Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin ein internationales Bibliothekskolloquium statt, über das in diesem Heft berichtet wird. Verschiedene Vorträge des Kol- loquiums sollen in den nächsten Ausgaben des BIBLIOTHEKSDIENST abge- druckt werden. Den Anfang macht ein Beitrag über das Bibliothekswesen in Jordanien, den wir ausgewählt haben, weil man darüber bislang noch gar nichts lesen konnte und weil die Stadt Amman Gastgeber der diesjährigen In- tamel-Konferenz ist.) Introduction The modern library movement in Jordan started its real progress in the 1950s, in spite of the scarcity of professionals. The profession was then considered a low -priority field, and the training institutions were not existing in the whole Arab region. This means that the country still stands at the threshold of the field. It is thus reasonable to judge on the development of librarianship in Jor- dan in the perspective of the short life of the library movement and socio- economic conditions of Jordan as a developing country with limited resources. The number of libraries that were established during the first decade of devel- opment was as follow: 23 school libraries, 4 teacher training institute libraries and 10 special libraries. Moreover, this decade witnessed the following impor- tant events: · The first Municipal Public Library was established in Irbid (the second largest city) in 1956. · The British Council and American Cultural Centre Libraries were established in 1950, and 1956 respectively. · The School Library Division was established at the Ministry of Education in 1958. · Two Jordanians were sent on fellowships to study librarianship in the United States (a lady) in 1954 and UK (a gentleman) in 1956. In the 1960s more substantial progress was achieved in the form of: · The establishment of the first university (The University of Jor- dan) and its library in 1962. BIBLIOTHEKSDIENST 35. Jg. (2001), H. 7/8 833
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