ERIC Number: ED459737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming the Swaziland National Bibliography (SNB): Visions of Currency, Access, Coverage and Quality.
This paper explores the evolution of the Swaziland National Bibliography (SNB), noting its roots in international resolutions on national bibliographies and legislation bestowing legal depository status on the University of Swaziland Libraries and the Swaziland National Library Service. It is observed that since publication of the first issue in 1977, currency, accessibility, coverage, and quality are recurring challenges, while the strain on human resources continues to pose a threat to SNB production. It is argued that in recent times, partnerships within the Swaziland information system and with printers and stakeholders, sustained publication, applied research, responsive administrative systems and routines, dedicated funding, another technical and human interventions have gradually produced modest improvements. It is further noted that there is still room for the SNB to improve itself. The paper concludes that the key to excellence lies in: comprehensive and programmed implementation of international recommendations, intensification of interest in gray literature in all its formats; continuous development of the SNB into a refined World Wide Web portal to Swaziland's published heritage; and a complimentary Swaziland thesaurus sensitive to the content of Swazi culture, traditions, and lexicon. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Bibliographies, Cooperative Programs, Foreign Countries, Government Publications, Higher Education, Library Services, National Libraries, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Swaziland