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Factors in library development in the Gambia

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posted on 2012-11-08, 11:26 authored by Mary A. Thornhill
Part 1 of this study describes conditions prevailing in The Gambia all of which have some bearing on library development. An introduction to the country is followed by a survey of the population, history, government, the economy, communications, languages, education, social conditions, religion, culture and relations with other countries particularly with Senegal because of the recent establishment of the Senegambian Confederation. Part 2 covers the growth of library development from the beginning to the end of 1982 and the circumstances and events which have shaped this. Noteworthy landmarks are: (1) The work of the British Council and the eventual handing over of its assets to form the National Library. (2) The need to improve the service by means of external capital aid resulting in funds being made available by the British Government for a new building, equipment, bookstock and a scholarship. (3) The Gambia Library Board Act 1976. (4) Formation of a Schools Library Service. (5) The publication of The Gambia National Bibliography. (6) Participation in regional and international professional meetings. (7) Greatly improved staff status, qualifications and training. Further topics discussed are: (1) Functions of the National Library and its dual role. (2) Services provided particularly those for children, schools, the rural areas and government departments. (3) The importance of user education. (4) Co-operation within The Gambia, with Senegal and regionally. (5) The future of library and information services bearing in mind the impact of new technology, financial, staff and other considerations. Any suggestions which may be implied are incidental and in no way intended as recommendations.



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A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy of Loughborough University.


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