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National Libraries in Asia and Oceania

The 2006 Meeting of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries from Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) will be held in Manila on Sunday, 26 March 2006.

The meeting will, of course, be limited to directors of national libraries, but since it will be held in connection with the latest General Conference of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL XIII) scheduled on 25-30 March 2006, this is a good opportunity to feature the CDNLAO Newsletter, which provides information on national libraries in Asia and Oceania.

Previous issues of the Newsletter are available from November 1998. The Cumulative Index lists articles about the national libraries of the member countries.

Only seven of the ten ASEAN countries are represented in the Cumulative Index: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Could this mean that Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar do not yet have national libraries of their own? Or are they just not members of CDNLAO?

Another interesting question: Is the volume of articles about a specific country's national library related to commitment to the dissemination of information? Or is the volume of articles just an indicator of participation in CDNLAO?

By the way, if you have not yet registered for Consal XIII, the official website provides details and a registration form.

Categories: Libraries, Consal XIII

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