Finanzkrise und Bibliothekwesen II

Die ALA in einer Presseerklärung:

The American Library Association (ALA) is asking Congress for $100 million in stimulus funding to aid the nation’s working families during the current economic crisis. Aid is sought to stem the bleeding of critical library services that help Americans with job searches, small business development, financial literacy and other essential assistance in hard economic times.

Es wird an dieser Stelle selbstverständlich noch einmal auf den hohen Return on Investment des Bibliothekswesens aufmerksam gemacht:

Investments in libraries often yield high dividends for communities. Studies show economic returns from salaries and wages paid to staff, construction costs, employment services and library purchases. A recent Pennsylvania study points out that for every dollar invested in the public library, the community receives a return of $5.50. A similar report from Florida shows a $6.54 return on investment.

[via Librarian in Black]

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)

[via Net Gold]