African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA)

Im letzten Herbst wurde beim African Library Summit der African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) als Dachverband afrikanischer Bibliotheksverbände gegründet, also eine Art afrikanisches Gegenstück zu EBLIDA. AfLIA verfügt neuerdings auch über eine Homepage, auf der man etwas über die Ziele dieser Organisation erfährt.

Africa must use digital libraries

Teil der Operation Frühjahrsputz 2013, in deren Verlauf angefangene und nie beendete Postings einfach so veröffentlicht werden.

Africa must use digital libraries

Africa stands to gain the most from the open access movement. But factors such as the continent’s regulatory environments, the changing role of librarians, weak commitment to institutionalising open access and problems of sustainability have made implementation slow and awareness limited.

Im Artikel wird auch angesprochen, was das für die dortigen BibliothekarInnen bedeutet.

Open Access in Kenia und Sudan

“People value a personal touch. When you speak one on one people tend to take the word seriously. This has worked very well for us but it is very slow especially when someone has a large audience to reach.”

So wird Lilian Gisesa, Repositorymanagerin an der Kisii University, im Artikel Advocating for open access in Kenya and Sudan – case studies zitiert. Klingt vertraut.

Im restlichen Artikel wird auf diverse OA-Neuigkeiten aus Kenia und im Sudan verwiesen.

Bibliothek Achmed Baba in Timbuktu zerstört?

Die Wut ist groß auf die Islamisten in Mali. Nicht nur ihre Gräueltaten gegen die Einwohner sorgen für Zorn. Gewaltige Entrüstung löste auch die Nachricht aus, dass die Islamisten die Bibliothek in der Wüstenstadt Timbuktu angesteckt und damit offenbar Tausende Schriften zerstört haben.

Mehr auf Tagesschau.de.

Technologie- und Handy-Verbreitung in Afrika

Gute Nachrichten aus Afrika hat Alexis Okeowo im Blog des New Yorker gesammelt. Darunter:

1. Die zunehmende Verbreitungs von Handys in Afrika:

Cell phones continue to change how Africans live. The devices have proven to be invaluable: health-care workers use cell phones to track and monitor pregnant women in rural Rwanda (where the number of maternal deaths is high) and H.I.V. patients in Kenya, and Kenya’s mobile banking system, which has been called the world’s most innovative, lets Kenyans pay bills, send remittances, purchase goods and airtime, move funds among accounts, and even take out and pay back loans for entrepreneurial ventures.

2. Die zunehmende Technisierung des afrikanischen Alltags.

Emeka Okafor, a Nigerian, once said that he couldn’t understand why, in the tech realm, so little interesting and creative activity seemed to be coming out of sub-Saharan Africa. Curious about what good ideas from Africa looked like, he helped found Maker Faire Africa, where inventors from across the continent gather to showcase their wares—this October in Cairo, in previous years in Nairobi and Accra. The result has been astounding: mobile apps, seed-planting devices, solar-powered computer kiosks made out of recycled oil drums, paraffin lamps, and other technologies that, importantly, address the immediate needs of Africans.

Als wenn es noch nicht genug gute Gründe gäbe, offene Formate und Open Access zu unterstützen, so kommt hier noch einer: Wer sein Paper hinter Paywalls oder in Printzeitschriften versteckt, wird in den Dörfern um Kairo, Nairobi oder Accra sicherlich nicht gelesen. Liegt es auf einem OA-Repository, so kann es auch dort gefunden und gelesen werden.

Diskussion über Schulbibliotheken in Potsdam und Südafrika

Nur 7% der 28.000 südafrikanischen Schulen hat eine funktionierende Schulbibliothek. Die dortige Debatte erinnert sehr an die hiesige.

Mr Alan Thomson of the National Teachers Union (Natu) stressed that school libraries will never get of the ground or function effectively if the onus rests on teachers to manage it. Various librarians have shown that to manage a library, is a full time vocation. He suggests that the Department must investigate that possibility to bring these posts back to schools.

Über die Förderung von “Substandard-Bibliotheken” wird auch in Potsdam gestritten.

Papin-Ramcharan & Dawe – The Successful University Library in a Developing Country

Richard A. Dawe und LibWorld-Autorin Jennifer Papin-Ramcharan (alias The Caribbean Librarian) veröffentlichen in Kürze ein Buch, das schon jetzt bei Amazon vorbestellt werden kann: The Successful University Library in a Developing Country

Beschreibung:

This book studies university libraries in developing countries against the backdrop of an increasingly inter-connected and interdependent world. The book suggests that finding solutions to problems of university libraries in developing countries is a matter of ensuring that ‘global knowledge’ is of the highest quality and is not just for altruistic reasons. It describes the many problems associated with the running of university libraries in developing countries and considers what it takes for these libraries to be successful. The book includes case studies of university libraries in several developing countries in regions including Africa, India and The Caribbean. Presenting the perspectives of practitioners and library users, solutions presented are practical and relevant.It is authored by a librarian and a member of the faculty of a university in a developing country. It gives the perspectives of both librarians and users of university libraries. It includes contributions from librarians in several developing country regions including Africa, India and The Caribbean. It addresses not only the problems of developing country university libraries but also offers practical solutions.

Libworld – Malawi

Malawi is a state in South-East-Africa and it is one of the poorest countries in the world. The majority of the populace has to get by with less than 1 US Dollar per day. Since 1995 Malawi offers free primary school classes, so today nearly 80% of children in a school ready age attend classes. There are four universities in Malawi.

We are pleased to present you the first African article in our LibWorld series, it is written by Kondwani Wella. He is a Mathematics with Computer Science student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and graduate in Mathematics Education (BEd) and Computer Science (Postgraduate Diploma) from University of Malawi.
His blog “This is Wella, K Speaking” is a forum for librarians and information professionals.
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