n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Editorial

Volume 2011, Issue 43
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



Librarians and library scientists pride themselves on their networking abilities and knowledge of trends in the world of information. Yet ironically, across the Southern African region there is often little appreciation of the detail or significance of developments in neighbouring countries' libraries. In part, this relates to very uneven rates of technological development and available resources across the region, with accompanying vast disparities in internet connectivity and ownership of or access to library materials. It also reflects the varying rates of growth of libraries in different countries. To give just one recent example: the laying of fibre-optic cables in Malawi recently extended to the capital Lilongwe, but not the extra 30 kilometres to reach the campus of the University of Malawi's Bunda College of Agriculture and its library; the result was a temporary step backwards as connectivity actually decreased.

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