Public library development was one of the subjects taught at the Library School. That was way back in '74 or '75. Not a favourite subject at the time. However, time and time again two important concepts never seemed to fade away. The name Hedwig Anuar and Blueprint for Public Libraries. These two are synonymous and paved the way for what our public libraries are today. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of the Blueprint. If any of you readers do happen to own a copy, be kind enough to let me read it and write something about it.
Hedwig Elizabeth Anuar (born 19th November 1928, Johor Bahru) was the Director of the National Library of Singapore from 1968 to 1988 when she retired. Prior to her appointment to the directorship, she was Library Assistant at University Malaya, Singapore and later in Kuala Lumpur.
Under her leadership the National Library of Singapore (which also serviced as a public library) grew from a single entity to 3 regional libraries and 22 public library service centres. In recognition to her
On the local scene, as we ushered into the 21st century, there are 921 public library service outlets throughout the country.
Ever since the publication of the Blueprint, the profession has not come up with anything similar nor spectacular that reflect its aspirations and commitment towards 21st century librarianship.
Ghazali Mat Jamil