Librarianship as a Bridge to an Information and Knowledge Society in Africa

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Alli Mcharazo, Sjoerd M. J. Koopman
Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - History - 248 pages
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Knowledge Management was the theme of the Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XVII) in 2006.

This selection of conference papers provides a cross-disciplinary approach to knowledge, information and development and how the three together can mould a new and more informed society. The challenge is to make our libraries more people-centered and Afro-centric, not simply serving the interests of the elite and paying little attention to the plight of the less well off. This needs to change, with libraries becoming more inclusive and serving the needs of all.

These papers raise provocative questions, and provide an insight into the struggle of information services in this part of Africa to be part of an emerging information and knowledge society.

 

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Contents

Preface
7
The Struggle
47
Libraries and Democracy
71
The Management and Administration of Manuscript
111
Information and Ugandas Reduction
155
Maasae Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge in Tanzania
183
What Can Be the Role of African Libraries in Counterbalancing
191
Knowledge Management and Indigenous Knowledge for Development
211
Searching for English
225
Issues for Africas Library and Information
239
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