SDC110: TeamGranth — Literature Review (3.1/5)

Information accessibility to rural community

Paper 1: The Role of the Rural Public Library in Community Development and Empowerment

Roziya Abu , Marty Grace, Mary Carroll


Public libraries are an important entity in local communities, particularly in rural and disadvantaged communities. They are more than shelves of books. Public libraries offer an ever changing range of cultural resources for the community, and they have become a type of social and cultural institution.

This article discusses the broadly accepted conceptualisation of information for development which accommodates the concepts of advancement of adult literacy and development information for people to improve their economic and social conditions. It reports on early findings of an investigation into the links between community development, empowerment and rural public library usage in Australia and Malaysia.[1]

This work has provided a holistic view about how local public library can be used as a tool to empower rural communities. This paper is validated by primary research and has been critic sharply about why public library is not just based on provision of printed material but it should be rooted to community. It provides a brief introduction on what is the major motivation behind developing the public library. The inference deduced from the paper has enabled us to understand “What of the design”, that is, it has helped us sort out the context that we were looking to explore. After an in-depth analysis about the paper we could clearly categorised our area of intervention into 3 major findings:

  • How do we enable the frequency of scantly involved audience from rural community to reach at the Highly involved level.
  • How can we covert the huge chunk of information available at the local Public library in a short and easy to comprehend manner.
  • How can we build a common broadband technology that is affordable and universal that delivers and creates content.

Through these information we were able to deduce our user base and context of use. Our major brief of “Exploring and using digital information” was seeming to coincide with the area of intervention we decided on.

This paper is based on the tradition design research methodology. The author has used a combination of ways to get the most effective information possible. Author(s) have used philosophical approach and critical paradigms to concur insight from the relevant user base. The tool that seemed appropriate to the authors in order to extract precise information were Qualitative method, personal interview, discussions, observations, multiple case study approach and case study methodology[2]

While digging further it was clear that this has just been the base of the multiple exploration that we were to encounter as we go into detailed ideation.

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[1] [2] Abu, Roziya, et al. “The Role of the Rural Public Library in Community Development and Empowerment.” Http://, Victoria University, PO Box I4428, Melbourne 8001 , role of the rural public library in community development and empowerment accepted version.pdf.