Library development in Uzbekistan: progress and problems since the dissolution of the USSR.
Johnson, Ian M.
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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, 24 (1), pp. 43-79.
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 Commission’s 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.