The existing literature on the use of ICTs within African libraries mostly describes the situation within academic and specialist libraries, but there is little about the use of computers in public libraries. To investigate the current level of use of ICTs and plans for the future within the public library environment a survey was undertaken of 22 public library services in ten English-speaking African countries. The results indicate great disparities in the level of access to computers between the countries, and within country, and indicate a need for more funding and appropriate training.
This infobrief was based on the report The use of ICTs in African public library services: a survey of ten countries in Anglophone Africa Edited by Justin Chisenga. Oxford: INASP, 2004. 128 pp. ISBN 1 902928 23 7.
Infobrief 3, INASP, Oxford, UK, 4 pp.