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Title:Academic libraries: Opportunities and challenges of resource sharing within a merger
Author(s):Uwamwezi, Berthilde
Subject(s):Practices of resource sharing
University of Rwanda
information materials
Library personnel competencies
Abstract:Much of the research on library resource sharing focused on libraries in developed countries. Additional information is much needed about the challenges and opportunities in developing countries. In 2013 the government of Rwanda decided to merge previously independent universities into one national university where libraries had to function as one unit and share resources. The study presented in this poster explores opportunities and challenges of the practices of resource sharing between libraries of the merged University of Rwanda (UR). Semi- structured interviews and observations were conducted with 25 university personnel selected purposively and policy documents were also collected. The empirical material was analyzed in line with a practice theory framework. Preliminary results presented the opportunities offered by resource sharing but also revealed challenges related to resource sharing and possible solutions. Although the study is based on one Rwandan public university experience, it is useful for other libraries across the world.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Uwamwezi, B. (2017). Academic Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges of Resource Sharing within a Merger. In iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 798-802).
Series/Report:iConference 2017 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Berthilde Uwamwezi
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-27

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