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Title: MS ISO 9001:2000 Implementation in Malaysian Academic Libraries
Authors: Kiran Kaur
Keywords: Quality management system
Library accreditation
Library quality
Academic libraries
Malaysia
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: Library & Information Science Unit, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya
Abstract: This study focuses on the use of Quality Management System (QMS) Standard (MS ISO 9001: 2000) as a tool to practice evidence-based librarianship by public university libraries in Malaysia. The study, based on interviews with Chief Librarians, investigates the adoption of quality accreditation method as a ground work towards effective management of the library, thus meeting customer expectations. The study involved libraries of three public universities that have obtained the MS ISO 9001: 2000 certification. The study focuses on the problems faced during initial stages of preparation for certification, establishment of the quality system, maintenance and benefits of the system. Generally all libraries agree that the standards can be effectively used by libraries with correct interpretation of the requirements. The main reason for seeking the certification is ‘to improve library’s quality image in the university’ and ‘the mandate from the Government’. The major problem faced in the initial stages was ‘resistance from staff because of their lack of understanding of ISO requirements’ and ‘too much documentation’. However these libraries managed to overcome these problems through vigorous training sessions. The benefits reaped from the QMS based on MS ISO 9001: 2000 are evident, though not exactly as high as the library had expected initially. This study has shown some insights to the QMS of university libraries as a commitment to quality services for students, staff and researchers.
Description: In Building an information society for all: proceedings of the International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, ICoLIS 2007, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 26-27 June 2007
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/267
ISBN: 978-983-43491-0-3
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