This was the title of the African Library Summit in May 2011. Roger Stringer summarized some of the presentations and discussions relating to public libraries, which he believes should work closely with the academic and other sectors. The following summaries are in Focus on International Library and Development Work 42(1),2011, p.52-58.
- The work of the Network for Information and Digital Access (NIDA) on the development of a model framework for national policy for libraries in Namibia and Botswana, with many of the English speaking countries in Africa now being involved.
- The current roles of the public library in Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi
- Recommendations for the future and a framework for public libraries and conclusions.
For me, Malawi’s example of small library units operating from district and rural community centres, schools and other population centres exemplified how public libraries can enhance community development with: the promotion of reading material for children especially in local languages; strengthening HIV/AIDS Library and resource centres; Mother and Child project; Women’s reading clubs; Eldis-Malawi Development Exchange – an online platform to facilitate access to and discussion of Malawian development information.
Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information