Librarianship as a Bridge to an Information and Knowledge Society in Africa: IFLA Publications 124

  • Volume 124
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  • ISBN-10: 3598440251
  • ISBN-13: 9783598440250
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released March 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Abbreviations and Acronyms.
Authors’ Contact Details.
1: Harnessing Knowledge Management for Africa’s Transition to the 21st Century.
2: Politics of Information and Knowledge in Africa: The Struggle for an Information inclusive Society in a Globalised World.
3: Libraries and Democracy.
4: Management of Agricultural Research Information and Knowledge: A Case for the Scecsal Region.
5: A Digital Library in a Rural Malaria Research Centre in Africa: the Kenyan Experience.
6: The Management and Administration of Manuscript Collections within Library Environments in Eastern and Southern African Region.
7: Making a Contribution to the Civil Society: Knowledge Management and the Information Professional.
8: Information Vaccine: Information and Uganda’s Reduction of HIV/AIDS.
9: Socio–Cultural Determinants of HIV/AIDS Information Impact: Experiences from Babati District in Tanzania.
10: Maasae Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge in Tanzania.
11: What can be the Role of African Libraries in Counterbalancing the “Knowledge Power” of the West? Can we Create New Knowledge Together?.
12: Working in Partnership to Build Knowledge Societies.
13: Knowledge Management and Indigenous Knowledge for Development of Africa’s Information Systems and Services: Some Legal Issues for Information System Experts.
14: Cross–Cultural Information Retrieval: Searching for English Documents Using Zulu Queries.
15: Knowledge Management: Issues for Africa’s Library and Information Professionals.