Library Trends 64 (1) Summer 2015: Library and Information Services in Africa in the Twenty-First Century

 

Library Trends 64 (1) Summer 2015: Library and Information Services in Africa in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Ellen R. Tise

The current state of poor access to knowledge and information in Africa is symptomatic of the continent’s widespread political instability. The domino effect of this instability and poor access to knowledge and information is the economic paralysis of Africa and the concomitant negative social impact. Yet, the political events of recent years bring new optimism for the growth and development of a beleaguered continent. The slow though constant end of dictatorships and the rise of a new democratic order on the continent bring hope for the ending of the downward spiral and the creation of new energies for an upward swing. Optimists view the new African citizen as one who is knowledgeable and has unhindered access to information to enhance his or her contribution to the growth and development of the continent. African library and information services will be a latecomer to the developed, twenty-first-century information provision and dissemination environment. But when it does arrive, it will bring unprecedented value and impact on society, an enhanced contribution to sustainable development of African countries, and extraordinary opportunities for librarianship in Africa. This issue of Library Trends, “Library and Information Services in Africa in the Twenty-First Century,” challenges the legacy of colonial library and information provision in Africa and determines the new imperatives that will contribute to the development of the continent through opening up and increasing access to knowledge and information. Eminent authors on African librarianship, including professors Peter Johan Lor, Kingo Mchombu, and Paul Sturges, have contributed to the issue, bringing in-depth insights, highlighting challenges for librarianship in Africa, and [End Page 1] probing new ways for the growth and development of Africa commensurate with improved access to knowledge and information.


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  • Raju, Jaya (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015)
    To provide an exposé of digital-age library and information science (LIS) education for an African agenda, this paper adopts an emergent qualitative research design by drawing on the literature on LIS education in Africa. ...

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  • Raju, Reggie; Adam, Amina; Powell, Crystal (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015)
    Knowledge, as a prerequisite for development, is contingent on information. The main value of information is in its ability to be used, reused, and shared. Open access (OA) allows for the easy dissemination and preservation ...

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  • Davis, Gavin R. (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015)
    Africa, in colonial times regarded as the “Dark Continent,” faces many challenges, whether infrastructural, cultural, or political. Despite these challenges, countries on the continent cannot afford to be complacent. The ...

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  • Mchombu, Kingo; Beukes-Amiss , Catherine Maggy (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015)
    The focus of this paper is on library development in contemporary African society. A discussion of library development in the context of countries now enjoying rapid economic development is attempted here. Focusing on ...

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  • Lor, Peter Johan (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015)
    Library development in Africa has involved large-scale processes of innovation and policy transfer, also referred to as policy borrowing or policy learning. A good deal of theory has been developed in various disciplines ...

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