Library development in the Georgian Republic: Problems and Progress since the Dissolution of the USSR


  • Ian M. Johnson The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen


The paper provides a situation report on the state of libraries and information services, publishing and bookselling in the Republic of Georgia in the South Caucasus.  It briefly describes their development, outlines the international development assistance that they have received during the last twenty years, describes their current situation, and indicates some of their future needs. 

Author Biography

Ian M. Johnson, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Professor Ian Johnson held senior managerial positions at the Robert Gordon University from 1989 to 2007, and served as Chairman of several British and international bodies concerned with education for Librarianship and Information Studies, and as Chairman of the IFLA Professional Board.  He has led or participated in several projects concerned with the development of libraries and Schools of Librarianship in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union that were sponsored by UNESCO, the European Commission, and other agencies.  He is currently Joint Editor of Libri: international journal of libraries and information services; and a member of the editorial boards of Education for Information, and Information Development.