What’s past is prologue: history, current status and future prospects of library development in Bhutan

  title={What’s past is prologue: history, current status and future prospects of library development in Bhutan},
  author={Sonam Wangdi and Catherine C. Legrand and Phuntsho Norbu and Sonam Rinzin},
Purpose This paper aims to outline the history of libraries in Bhutan, to describe the current state of library development and to recommend priority areas for library enhancement. Design/methodology/approach The authors have worked extensively as library professionals in Bhutan and share factual details derived from their personal experience. They review the published literature, particularly the fieldwork of two scholars who studied Bhutan’s libraries and library workers. The authors use… 


Bhutan's first library qualification, background and development
The author utilized situational analysis to gather data for the program, building on a number of existing but unpublished documents relating to training library staff in Bhutan, and using the guidelines in existence, data was gathered to answer the research questions.
School Libraries in Bhutan: Birth of a Reading Culture
  • F. Shaw
  • Education
    School Libraries Worldwide
  • 2007
Modernization of Bhutan began in 7962, with the launching of the country's first five-year development plan. In 1963, the government invited a Canadian Jesuit educationist. Father William Mackey, to
Convergence of Monastic and Modern Education in Bhutan?
AbstractIn the 1960s, the Royal Government of Bhutan began developing its modern educational system. Over time, a strategic plan was formulated to meet Education for All and Millennium Development
A Study on the Type of School during the Dawn of Modern Education in Bhutan.
This study aims to clarify the state of school education in the Bhutan during the 1940-50s, a period of dawn of the modern education in Bhutan, by classifying schools and identifying their
Early Book Production and Printing in Bhutan *
This paper presents an account of early book production and printing in Bhutan. Though nobody has done research yet, many written histories and biographies of eminent teachers suggest that mass book
The role and value of public libraries in the age of digital technologies
A need is identified to strengthen the public libraries’ democratic role in the information society by furthering social inclusiveness and citizenship in the digitised age.
The History and Development of Monastic Education in Bhutan
Monasteries were the only centres of learning in Bhutan until the advent of Western-styled ‘modern’ education in the late 1950s, although the first modern school was opened in 1914. Down the
Participation in the global knowledge commons: challenges and opportunities for research dissemination in developing countries
Purpose – This paper aims to provide a review of recent trends in the open access (OA) movement, as well as to discuss the significance of those trends for information access in developing
Public libraries in the information society: the role of information policies
This paper examines the roles of public libraries in broader public policy, and addresses their social impact towards the “information society”. Despite the difficulties of conceiving a national