Libraries and democratization: Promoting political literacy and engagement among Omani citizens

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Abstract

Purpose: 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. Design/methodology/approach: 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. Findings: 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. Originality/value: 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-377
Number of pages12
JournalLibrary Review
Volume66
Issue number6-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Democratization
  • Information literacy
  • LIS
  • Oman
  • Political literacy
  • Public libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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