n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Making a difference : the role of the Education Library Information and Technology Services (ELITS) in developing school libraries in KwaZulu-Natal



School libraries are a vital part of the education system. This article highlights the contribution made by the Education Library Information and Technology Services (ELITS) directorate of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, to the development and resourcing of school libraries in public schools in KwaZulu-Natal. The vision and mandate of ELITS has been realised through its various policy initiatives and programmes. However, like many Department of Education directorates, ELITS has encountered a number of challenges in delivering its mandate. These challenges are discussed together with the strategies that have been employed to overcome them.


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