n Mousaion - A technikon library's struggle for identity : a historical overview 1979 - 2003

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



For most of its existence, the leadership of Technikon Pretoria visualized a library with a distinct technikon nature and identity. Apart from unpacking the vision, this article describes how the Technikon's library responded to that vision. It concludes that the library had most success in being an integral part of the Technikon's educational programme, in the role it played in training students to use information effectively, and in providing users at the Technikon with information sources. The areas in which the library often came close to achieving the Rector's vision, but struggled to maintain momentum, were providing commerce and industry with specialised services and being a library with an entrepreneurial predisposition. The article ends with reasons why the library of Technikon Pretoria never fully achieved the vision of becoming a library with a unique nature and identity.

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