The Role of Professional Library Associations and Institutions in Facilitating Access to Information in Africa

Ngozi Blessing Ossai-Ugbah

Abstract


This study is a survey on the role of professional Library associations and institutions in facilitating access to information in Africa. The study traced the history of library association, its stated objectives, the need to join a professional library association, benefits derivable for an association, characteristic of professional library associations and its role in facilitating access to information in Africa. Some of these roles include but not limited to: providing opportunity for librarians to meet, share experiences, learn from each other, develop local library infrastructure and defend the principle of freedom of information. The study however critiqued the professional associations for not being run in professional manners in Africa and lacking cutting technology. It recommended flexibility in running the associations and better funding.

DOI: 10.5901/ajis.2013.v2n2p263


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