oa South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Editorial

Volume 77, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-8861



This issue contains seven research articles on a variety of topics, and two general contributions. The first article, by Mary Nassimbeni and Snoeks Desmond, presents the results of a research project which investigated the effects of the provision of story books in twenty disadvantaged primary schools in rural South Africa. The recipients of the donation were children in deprived areas, growing up in print-poor environments. A qualitative approach was adopted to collect data before the intervention, and six months after the book donation which included a comprehensive training programme in the use of the books. Their conclusions and recommendations are very instructive. Among other things, they recommend that innovation in teaching approaches associated with the use of books should be accompanied by careful training, and benign monitoring.

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