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The future of libraries in Africa – The New African Librarian: Perspectives from the Continent

The New African LibrarianUnisa Press presents The New African Librarian: Perspectives from the Continent edited by Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Jenny Raubenheimer and Gerhard van der Linde:

This book grew out of the African Library Summit, the first event of its kind, held in South Africa from 11 to 13 May 2011, and co-hosted by the Library of the University of South Africa, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Africa Section and the IFLA Regional Office for Africa. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together African library leaders to reflect on the roles of African libraries and librarianship in the production of knowledge and the dissemination of African research, with an obligation to develop libraries in the country of origin. Delegates from 24 African countries participated in the Summit, together with delegates from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. Based on the proceedings of the first Summit, the papers have been reviewed by the editors for publication and were subjected to a peer review process. The contents cover current trends in librarianship, regional and country overviews, knowledge management, the role of library associations in the development and training of 21st century library and information professionals, and much more. The outcomes, accepted resolutions and the statement of commitment signed by the participants of the Summit are provided, with an overview of the future of African librarianship. The fruitful discussions on all these topics led to one inevitable question: what does it mean to be a librarian on the African continent? The answers provided reveal the advent of the new African librarian, dedicated to a new collaborative vision, with a commitment to quality, and confidence in the important role libraries have to play in the present and future of the continent. This book represents the arrival of an exciting phase in the history and development of African librarianship and is essential reading for understanding the background to the changes we are seeing and those to come.

Table Contents

List of figures vii
List of tables viii
Foreword ix
Acknowledgements xi
About the editors xiii
About the authors xv
Introduction xxi

1 Perspectives from the continent Buhle Mbambo-Thata

2 Library and information services: Trends at the start of the 21st century Ellen R Tise and Reggie Raju

3 African library associations in the development of the 21st century information science profession Helena Asamoah-Hassan

4 African librarianship at the start of the 21st century: The current situation in West Africa Zakari Mohammed and Victoria Okojie

5 African librarianship at the beginning of the 21st century: The current situation in Southern Africa John Tsebe

6 Developing the infrastructure of digital libraries in North African Countries Region: A case study of Egypt Shawky Salem

7 African digital libraries in the 21st century: Overview and strategic issues Felix N Ubogu and Michele Pickover

8 Understanding the past and the present to map out the future for the African academic library: The digital library approach Benedict A Oladele

9 Academic libraries in sub-Saharan Africa: Present and future Maria GN Musoke

10 Open access interventions in Portuguese-speaking countries: The case of Mozambique Aissa Mitha Issak

11 Training library and information professionals in Africa: The current situation Mabel Minishi-Majanja

12 Equipping African library leaders for 21st century librarianship Agnes Chitsidzo Chikonzo

13 Whoever’s heard of libraries? Researching perceptions of public libraries in six African countries Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite

14 New developments in information literacy in the tertiary education system: An overview Vicki Lawal, Peter G Underwood, Rosemary Kuhn and Christine Stilwell

15 Strategies towards a sustainable and innovative framework for knowledge management in the African context Rachel Prinsloo

16 The future of African librarianship

Annexure A: Notes on the future of African librarianship: Overview and review AL Dick
Annexure B: Resolutions accepted at the African Library Summit
Annexure C: Statement of commitment by delegates of the African Library Summit

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