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Title: Transforming traditional libraries into electronic libraries: the contribution of the African University
Authors: Asamoah-Hassan, Helena R.
Issue Date: 2-Sep-2001
Abstract: The traditional method of information provision over the years is discussed alongside the use of modern information technology in Libraries bringing out their merits and demerits. The use of ICT in libraries and its advantages are also presented. The electronic library is defined and its origins traced, to include the development from print to electronic libraries. As a result of millions of information being put on the net there is the need to evaluate what one sees on-line. Methods for such an evaluation are outlined The need for Librarians to accept the drift towards electronic information, retrain in information technology skills and also plan to balance collection building to satisfy users is presented The accessibility to online journals is then discussed. Examples of databases which are free and those commercialized are given including those published in Africa. The importance of consortia building and resource sharing in ensuring that libraries get the information they need is stressed. The assistance expected from African Universities to make their libraries electronic is then discussed highlighting the role of the Librarian and the university. Contributions of organizations and institutions towards providing electronic information to university libraries in Africa is commended. The paper concludes with the advice that the hybrid library is necessary since university libraries have to preserve the past, serve the needs of the present and develop new systems for the future.
Description: A paper presented at a Conference organised by the AAU on Enhancing the Role of University Libraries in Africa: African University Libraries in the 21st Century Held in Accra, Ghana from 7th- 8th September 2001.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1206
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