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ERIC Number: ED176744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May-19
Pages: 117
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The Role and Problems of Libraries in Developing Countries: The West African Experience.
Stutzman, Mary
Using the situation in West Africa as an example, this paper examines the role and the problems of libraries in developing countries; a problem approach, rather than a country-by-country survey, has been employed. The paper is divided into three major sections: (1) a review of colonial influence, discussing British and French attitudes towards education and libraries and the effect which these attitudes had on the institutions established by the colonial powers in Africa; (2) an examination of the role of the library in the overall development of a country, emphasizing the need for national planning and the integration of library and educational programs; (3) a discussion of the problems facing all types of libraries in West Africa, including staffing, the scarcity of resources, and the need to develop a supportive national bibliographic apparatus. A lengthy bibliography is provided. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa