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ERIC Number: ED105826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 34
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Library Education and Manpower Planning in Africa.
Ogunsheye, F. A.
A survey of the library profession and its available training facilities in Africa supplied data that should be considered in planning further library development. Prior to 1950, African countries relied for their library personnel on Britain, France, or Belgium, where librarianship is not necessarily a graduate profession. Later, some local personnel received training in American graduate schools. The structure of the profession in Africa still reflects these foreign origins in its three-tiered structure: graduate professionals, nongraduate professionals, and paraprofessionals; although the trend is now toward a graduate profession. Between 1960 and 1968, seven library schools were established at universities in sub-Saharan Africa. Of these, only three offer postgraduate courses. Most of the teaching staffs are foreign, and the curriculum reflects that of Europe and America, although some additions have been made to meet African needs. At their existing growth rates, the library schools of Africa will not be able to supply the manpower to meet the long-range plans for library development specified at the Kampala meeting in 1970. Each nation will have to establish its own school if the Kampala guidelines are to be realized. (SL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Africa