International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Information Policy: The Diminishing Role of Library
Mokmin Basri, Zawiyah M. Yusof, Nor Azan M. Zin

Library is a compulsory component in designing the establishment of an information policy since it has the expertise as an information provider. Thus, developed countries always consider library as being central and an essential counterpart in information policy because only the library knows and understand what information to be provided to meet the needs of the government for developing the nation. In light of this, library is thus always at the forefront of monitoring the direction of information policy. However, not all governments are able to see the importance of library. This paper reviews literature in information policy that seeks to indicate the relation between library and information policy in Malaysia. It is evident that the role of library in such an endeavour was crucial and remarkable in the past, but is gradually diminishing as information technology progresses. Information technology has overshadowed, and remarkably cast aside library significance since 1994. Analysis has revealed that Malaysia is not conforming to the global trend. Giving too much priority to information technology invites information policy flaws. The role of library should not be abandoned, but should instead be returned to its place; in order to come to a holistic, balanced and wise information policy.

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