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.
The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in African Public Library Services