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

THEMEN Ausland · Teaching librarianship at the teacher training institutes started in 1966. · Most important is the establishment of the Jordanian Library As- sociation in 1963. · More fellowships were offered particularly from UNESCO. · Amman Municipal Public Library was established in 1960. Progress in establishing libraries in Jordan continued both quantitatively and qualititatively as demonstrated in the following figures by the end of the twen- tieth century: · National Library 1 · Public Libraries 110 · University Libraries 20 -- there are 7 public and 13 private universities · Community College Libraries 50 · School Libraries 1200 · Children Libraries 35 · Special Libraries 104 · Libraries of Foreign Cultural Centres 7 This brings the total number to 1527 libraries having 5 million items, the major- ity of which are books and 16 thousand journal titles. lt has to be noted here that some libraries expanded through establishing branch libraries. The major example for this is the Greater Amman Public Libraries, which has 30 branch libraries for children and adults. Nevertheless, we cannot weight all libraries by the same value, as some of them are too small to be compared to others of the same type. Library Concepts in Jordan Needless to say that the library concepts in Jordan are similar to those prevail- ing in any developed country. But limited resources do hinder the advance- ment of libraries in Jordan to match the required international standards. The major concepts that will be discussed here are: 1. Professionalization 2. Library Legislation 3. Computerization 4. Library Education 834 BIBLIOTHEKSDIENST 35. Jg. (2001), H. 7/8
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