Need to change mindset on libraries: Ku

Here's One From east Malaysia, where they say there is a need to change the public's mindset that libraries are merely avenues to borrow books so as to encourage more people to patronise them.

State Library Director Ku Joo Bee said the library is a source of information that also provides a wide range of facilities and services to visitors.


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Sure, the public's perception of the library is one of stereotype and inaccuracy. But they cannot be blamed for having such perceptions since libraries use methodologies that are archaic, unfriendly, and complicated (for no good or particular reason than "we have always done it that way" tradition and pigheadedness). Libraries can no longer have this elite mentality of sole information providers. Rather, we are losing relevance for many people. Libraries have to be more innovative, proactive, and imaginative!!

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