This theoretical paper aims to draw on existing literature to examine the case for libraries to play a key role in the democratization of Oman. This paper is intended to provide foundation for further empirical research to develop a proposed future strategy for Oman’s library sector that will help facilitate the future political and economic transition of the Sultanate.
This is a theoretical study that draws on existing literature to examine the case for libraries to play a key role in the democratization of Oman.
There are four main ways in which public libraries support democratization are identified and discussed: providing access to information, ensuring inclusivity of knowledge, forming a community hub for interaction and dialogue and promoting social inclusion through internet access.
As Oman undergoes political and economic transition, this study and the follow-on empirical research will be highly significant in ensuring that the expansion of democratic processes in Oman proceeds peacefully and that the Sultanate provides a best practice model for Islamic democracy within the Gulf Cooperation Council region and globally.
Al-Suqri, M., AlKindi, S. and Saleem, N. (2017), "Libraries and democratization: Promoting political literacy and engagement among Omani citizens", Library Review, Vol. 66 No. 6/7, pp. 366-377. https://doi.org/10.1108/LR-04-2017-0044Download as .RIS
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