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.

LibWorld – South Africa

Johann van Wyk, Library Manager of the Education Library of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, has been employed by the University of Pretoria since 1989. He is interested in knowledge management, Communities of Practice, Library 2.0/Web.2.0 and E-research. He is blogging at www.edulibpretoria.wordpress.com. He is introducing the biblioblogosphere in South Africa to us in this LibWorld edition.
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IFLA conference: South Africa meets Singapore

Our LibWorld guest author Ivan Chew from Singapore writes about meeting two librarians from South Africa at the IFLA conference in Durban. They didn’t seem to hear about blogging until now, but that’s the case with most librarians all over the world. Ivan writes:

I asked them if they have blogs, or heard about blogs. They looked quizzically at me. Ntutu said she heard it mention in an advertisement (non-library related it seems) but no, they didn’t really know about. She asked what it was about. I said it was a free service, just like Internet email services, that allows the user to create accounts a start their own websites or online diaries. Suggested they try www.blogger.com or wordpress.com. So maybe they might start blogging after this.

He ends his article stating…:

their professional attitude of “trying their best given what we have” — I couldn’t help but admire and respect them.