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NLB to separate book acquisition and review teams; advisory panel to be set up: Yaacob

Published on Aug 4, 2014 2:31 PM
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim (left), Minister for Communications and Information, looking at the resources during the launch of Read! Fest programme on 20 June 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

SINGAPORE - The National Library Board (NLB) will keep separate the team that selects books for acquisition, and the team that reviews the books, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament on Monday.

The Minister for Communications and Information said such segregation of responsibilities is not clearly spelt out now, but is a "good practice" that he believes will "lead to greater public confidence in the review process".

The library board drew controversy last month after it was found to have removed three children's titles following public feedback, as they contained references to same-sex couples. Following the incident, the NLB said it would set up an external advisory panel to review potentially controversial titles.

Dr Yaacob said the advisory panel wil help the library board "take into account the broader concerns of the community".

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