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The new African Journal Archive (AJA) website is now available

The new African Journal Archive (AJA) website is now available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The African Journal Archive (AJA) is a Sabinet Gateway project in conjunction with the Carnegie Corporation that is making African research accessible to the whole world. The archive preserves journal literature emanating from publishers and societies in Africa and includes searchable collections of journal articles that have been digitised back to the earliest possible issues. This archive is indeed a valuable resource for local and international libraries.

The archive is now available on an easy-to-use website which enables easy discoverability of articles and also enhances the research experience of end users."

For more information visit www.ajarchive.org

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An opportunity for free access to African research information

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Tanzanian Govt ponders automatic employment for librarians - Daily News

Tanzanian Govt ponders automatic employment for librarians - Daily News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Daily News: Govt ponders automatic employment for librarians -

THE government is looking for possibilities of introducing direct employment to librarians and record keepers, as it is for teachers, due to their enormous contribution to education."

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Positive movement in Africa!

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Cupertino, Sunnyvale residents spur book drive for African Library Project - San Jose Mercury News

Cupertino, Sunnyvale residents spur book drive for African Library Project - San Jose Mercury News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

United by a passion for books and reading, volunteers across the nation have made it possible for the African Library Project to deliver its one millionth book this month.

Founded by a Portola Valley woman in 2005, the nonprofit group was created to increase literacy in a country whose population has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.

It was during a family vacation in Lesotho, a small mountainous region in southern Africa, that founder Chris Bradshaw realized establishing libraries could have a profound effect on increasing literacy. She began working closely with local teachers and community leaders, and it expanded from there.

Reaching the one millionth book "is a real statement about the people in this country and just what a generous spirit they have in wanting to help do good in the world and recognizing the importance of literacy for any civilization to progress," Bradshaw said.

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Increase of literacy via a book drive to Africa

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Little libraries travelling to Africa - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Little libraries travelling to Africa - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The tiny libraries perched in front of houses throughout the Twin Cities are taking a 6,000-mile journey to Africa this year.

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The popular "Little Free Libraries,'' which look like oversized mailboxes, have paired up with the nonprofit Books for Africa. The colorful wooden libraries, shaped like schools or cottages, are expected to be open for business in Ghana in the months ahead.

"We've wanted to expand to Africa, and we saw Books for Africa as the perfect partner,'' said Todd Bol, co-founder of Little Free Libraries, launched in Hudson, Wis., in 2009.

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Little Free Libraries in Africa! > will keep a look-out as the story unfolds!

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EDC Helps Establish 80 Mobile Libraries in Rwanda, by Sean Yi

EDC Helps Establish 80 Mobile Libraries in Rwanda, by Sean Yi | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Connecting educators in the developing world to news, information, resources, and each other. Make Education for Development Awesome!
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>> And elsewhere in the world libraries are being built:

 

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The Education Development Center (EDC), an international NGO based in the US, is helping to establish at least 80 mobile libraries in Rwanda. The project aims to address the alarming lack of reading materials in the country and is expected to be completed by 2016.

The project falls under the Rwanda Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative (L3), an organization which aims to improve education in Rwanda between grades one and four. L3 focuses primarily on increasing math and reading scores. The initiative aims to make reading and math instructional materials available, and to strengthen English language skills through interactive audio programs. L3 is expected to reach approximately 1.5 million students and nearly 30,000 teachers, while offering one million new teaching and learning materials to Rwandan schools."

 

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Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily

Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Liu Xiangrui in Dar es Salaam:

"A China library opened within Tanzania's national library in the African nation's capital of Dar es Salaam on Monday.
The China library is a part of the Experience China in Tanzania program, a large cultural exchange initiated by China's State Council's Information Office. It is co-hosted by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and several Tanzanian government agencies.
With a total donation of around $300,000, the State Council's Information Office has provided the China library with 20 computers, 1,000 paper publications and DVDs, and more than 100,000 digital publications related to Chinese politics, economy, culture, history, arts and science.
Zhang Yanbin, director of a bureau under the State Council's Information Office, said the China library will serve as a means for Tanzanians to understand China.
"To maintain long-term cooperation, the China library is collaboratively built by us and the Tanzanian cultural ministry, instead of purely with our donations," Zhang said. "This is a creative move in China's cultural exchanges with other countries."

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UN builds 30 libraries for deprived schools in Ghana - GhanaWeb

"Mrs Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson, Board of Directors, UN MDG Advocacy Group based in South Korea, on Wednesday inaugurated the 29th UN sponsored library for the Freeman Methodist School in Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

The project dubbed “Thank You Small Library (TYSL)”, is the 29th school library to be constructed by the UN in public schools across the country in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

The TYSL formed part of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty (STEP) programme, which are organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism in beneficiary countries."

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US Advises Librarians, Scientists On IT - AllAfrica.com #cloud

BY ZAKARIYYA ADARAMOLA,

US Advises Librarians, Scientists On IT - AllAfrica.com

"The United States of America has advised scientists in library and information management sector in Nigeria to embrace cloud computing technology to make their work easier and attractive."

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SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music

SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The four interns of the SABC Radio Archives, which form part of the SABC Media Libraries, visited the ILAM travelling exhibition in the SABC foyer in Auckland Park. The exhibition will still be here until the 28th of October 2011.

The title of the exhibition:

"For future generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music".

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African Libraries - Museums For Artifacts!

African Libraries - Museums For Artifacts! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Information Science which is primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information helped so much in the areas of information preservation.
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Call for Paper Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) | World Library and Information Congress

Call for Paper  Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) | World Library and Information Congress | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Theme: 
Developing a stronger network for preservation and conservation in Africa to enable effective responses to natural disasters and man-made conflicts

We invite you to submit a proposal for the session of Preservation and Conservation Strategic Programme at the 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2015.

The theme of the session will look closely at the library networks within Africa, their response to natural disasters and man-made conflicts as well as the strength of the community.

The Preservation of Conservation Strategic Programme therefore encourages submissions around the topics of:

Responses of the (international, regional and national) library community to natural disasters in AfricaResponses of the (international, regional and national) library community to man-made conflicts in AfricaLessons learned from disaster responses (including challenges and successes)The importance of regional cooperation to effective disaster responseThe importance of adequate training for effective disaster response
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Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all

Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

James Bridle:

New venture Librii is seeking to set up self-sustaining libraries with internet access in poor and isolated communities.

 

A decade ago, Brewster Kahle, philanthropist and founder of the Internet Archive, created the first digital bookmobile: a complete printing press in the back of a car. With a power source, satellite internet connection, printer and binder, the vehicle and its descendants subsequently printed thousands of public-domain books where they were needed most, such as in rural areas without internet connection, including schools and refugee camps across Africa.

In 2003, it was estimated that less than 1% of Africa's population had access to the internet. Since then, that figure has grown to just 15%. Private companies have been laying high-speed cables along the coasts, but it's slow to make progress inland: even where access is available, it is often low speed and unconnected to the facilities on the ground needed to make the most of it, particularly for education. (The vast majority of people in Africa who do access the internet do so via mobile phone.)

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Worthwhile initiative for setting up web-connected libraries in Africa!

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Africa must use digital libraries

Africa must use digital libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Manka S Angwafo:

Making educational resources freely available will fast-track the continent's development.

 

Of more than 2 000 open access repositories worldwide, fewer than 3% are in Africa. And there are even fewer exclusively from sub-Saharan Africa.

Even though the availability of open access material is low, it is important to recognise the progress that has been made over the past decade: several institutions across the region have adopted and are implementing open access policies. However, in spite of these strides, only about 16% of African scholars claim to have a high awareness of e-resources. Much more advocacy is necessary for open access to become a reality across the continent.

Africa stands to gain the most from the open access movement. But factors such as the continent's regulatory environments, the changing role of librarians, weak commitment to institutionalising open access and problems of sustainability have made implementation slow and awareness limited.

 

 

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"Data skills & open access needed in Africa!"

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Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts

Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Islamist insurgents retreating from Timbuktu set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, according to the Saharan town's mayor, in an incident he described as a "devastating blow" to world heritage.

Hallé Ousmani Cissé told the Guardian that al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings that held the manuscripts, some of which dated back to the 13th century. They also burned down the town hall, the governor's office and an MP's residence, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military.

 

The manuscripts were held in two separate locations: an ageing library and a new South African-funded research centre, the Ahmad Babu Institute, less than a mile away. Completed in 2009 and named after a 17th-century Timbuktu scholar, the centre used state-of-the-art techniques to study and conserve the crumbling scrolls.

Both buildings were burned down, according to the mayor, who said the information came from an informer who had just left the town. Asked whether any of the manuscripts might have survived, Cissé replied: "I don't know."

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Reading Culture Still a Challenge as First Public Library Opens in Rwanda - AllAfrica.com

BY EMMANUEL R. KARAKE:

"Located in Kacyiru, just twenty minutes drive from the city centre, the new building which can seat over 300 people, is expected to change the poor reading culture in the country. The library has a book collection of over 30,000 copies on a variety of topics.

Education experts say Rwanda Public Library Services, which will also be launched today, is a timely intervention to address the poor reading culture in the country."

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More Than A Library | WanderMom

More Than A Library | WanderMom | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Michelle Duffy:

Author shares her experiences with a library-building project in Lusaka, Zambia.

"The library we funded is so much more than “just” a library it is also a literacy and literacy education program for the teachers, children and parents associated with this school. Room to Read trains the teachers and a parent representative on how to manage the library and how to catalog books and operate a check-out system. The program funds a literacy teacher who integrates library time into the school day for all children. The kids can come to school early or stay late just to read."

-@wandermom


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Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL

Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @EIFLnet: Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa http://t.co/mA5rlBiX...

 

"The article “Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa” has been published in Ariadne, a peer-reviewed open access magazine for information professionals.
In the article, Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite summarise and describe the principal findings of the study Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa commissioned by EIFL Public library Innovation Programme (PLIP) which served to provide evidence of how public libraries are perceived by stakeholders and the public towards public libraries in six African countries.
The authors write:
"The goal of the study was to understand the perceptions of national and local stakeholders (municipalities, ministries, public agencies, media, etc.) and the public (including non-users) in respect of public libraries in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe about the potential of public libraries. It also aimed to understand how these stakeholders could best be positively influenced to create, fund, support or to use public libraries. It is hoped that stakeholders in the countries studied will choose to assess the findings as a potential tool to improve library management and advocacy."

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Running a university library in Africa - by John Welford - Helium

"In order to overcome all these challenges, Africa's university libraries should now take advantage of the 'twinning' arrangements proposed by Universities Overseas. Through exchange programs and research, the libraries can take advantage of professional expertise to revitalize administration of their services. University libraries in Africa should also now move into providing consultancy services, the establishment of desktop publishing CD-ROM units, and provision of database literature searching. These new activities will help to change the image of the library from the traditional role of collector to one of producer, thus helping to sustain and develop Africa's university libraries in line with current world trends in the art of modern-day information provision."

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