Probleme des nigerianischen Bibliothekssystems

in einem Artikel auf AllAfrica.com schreibt Uthman Abubakar über das Nigerias Bibliothekssystem: Nigeria’s Library System – is It Collapsing Or Transforming?

Prinzipiell sind es die gleichen Schwierigkeiten wie im hiesigen System, die dort erwähnt werden:

“In the entire library system, university libraries have better funding generally. They were well funded previously by the National Universities Commission (NUC),” Professor Doris Bozimo, the Ahmadu Bello University Librarian, recalled, lamenting, “But because of this foreign exchange we are now experiencing, we find that whatever amount of Naira we have, by the time we change it to Dollars or Pounds, we get very few books, and right now, there is very little funding for university libraries, because Vice Chancellors are not even able to pay salaries.”

Die finanziellen Nöte sind also wesentlich ärger als hierzulande, also muss schneller nach Alternativen zur herkömmlichen Literaturversorgung gesucht werden:

The library now teaches the academic staff and postgraduate students the use of the various electronic resources. “We teach them the resources in their particular areas, and how to access materials in the fields where they can download full texts of journal articles.” Universities without donor agencies request to use the electronic resources possessed by those assisted by such agencies, because under the circumstances all university libraries in the country have to work together with mutual help. “University libraries in the country have formed a consortium so that we can work together. Anyone in need of anything can write to anyone that has it, and it will be provided.”

Der Themen-Komplex Open Access wird in dem Artikel leider nicht angeschnitten.

Siehe auch:
Grace Nok: The Challenges of Computerising a University Library in Nigeria : The Case of Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. – In: Library Philosophy and Practice Vol. 8, No. 2 (2006)

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Bibliothekare blockieren Wissenschaftler

Afrikanische Wissenschaftler sehen sich unterschiedlichen Schwierigkeiten gegenüber, wenn sie auf aktuelle Literatur zugreifen wollen. SciDevNet benennt ein paar:

African scientists are making increased use of online scientific journals but many are still not aware of free access, according to a study.

Researchers also warned that slow Internet connections and librarians’ control over passwords is hindering what access there is.

Eine vorläufige PDF-Version der Studie “Access to electronic health knowledge in five countries in Africa: a descriptive study” ist bei BioMedCentral abrufbar.

Respondents were concerned about the management of passwords to access electronic journals within their institutions, explaining that it was difficult to obtain passwords from administration or librarians, who either do not make them readily available, or who “may not always be available to provide them”. Others referred to a tension between library staff (as gate-keepers of passwords) and Internet users, for example, a librarian explained “…use of institutional password is not convenient for users…because they need the librarians to access the password…those who heard from their colleagues about HINARI but do not meet us when they come to the library usually get offended”. Another librarian expressed concern that users “appear to be in a hurry” and don’t consult the librarians before accessing websites; and this was perceived as users “boycotting” the librarians. There were several requests described circumventing high subscription fees by using their contacts in overseas institutions to obtain articles from priced journals, including the Cochrane Library.

Ein Nutzer soll die Bibliothek kontaktieren, bevor er auf eine Homepage zugreift? Ein erstaunliches Berufsbild! Der Bibliothekar als prohibitiver Hüter des Wissens sollte doch eigentlich allmählich ausgedient haben.