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Libraries and information provision for African relief

Elsemieke Wishart
Reading & Writing | Vol 3, No 1 | a20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/rw.v3i1.20 | © 2012 Elsemieke Wishart | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 June 2012 | Published: 11 September 2012

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Elsemieke Wishart, Department of Library and Information Technology, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada


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This research article explores the concept that libraries as communication centres in sub-Saharan Africa can play a vital role in bringing poverty relief by providing greater access to information through modern technology. It discusses the patrons who can benefit from community information centres and explores their particular needs. I have researched how modern tools like the Internet, computers, e-readers and cell phones can bring valuable information to impoverished citizens. My research was conducted through reading research papers using article databases, books and Internet websites. The future for libraries in sub-Saharan Africa is bright, as new technology opens up vast opportunities to share information in a way that is accessible, affordable and adaptable to the needs of the African people. I recommend that librarians and relief organisations in Southern Africa seriously consider using modern technology to provide information that will empower its citizens.

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