From jacket flap:
Library development in Malaysia in particular, and Southeast Asia in general, on a scale extending beyond an educated elite, is of recent vintage.
In the last 20 years, advance has been rapid, and in recent years the inadequacies of Western library schools’ training for work in the southeast Asian environment has brought greater analysis of the problems of library provision in the area, and the steps that must be taken to resolve them.
This book, by three librarians practising in Malaysia, is an account of the growth of the library movement and the profession in Malaysia and the surrounding countries of southeast Asia. It represents a valuable appraisal of the library scene for librarians working there, and a welcome addition for other readers to the literature of comparative librarianship.