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The prestigious IFLA Journal has just published in its June issue a paper about the EIFL research study on perceptions of public libraries in six African countries. The goal of the study was to understand the perceptions of national and local stakeholders (municipalities,ministries, public agencies, media, etc.) and the public (including non-users) in public libraries in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe about the potential of public libraries and to understand how these stakeholders could best be positively influenced to create, fund, support or to use public libraries. The paper acquaints the audience with the field, including library context in these 6 countries, and provides background for increased library advocacy in Africa
IFLA Journal 2012 Issue No. 2 (June)
Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite
Public libraries in Africa agents for development and innovation?Current perceptions of local stakeholders.