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21/11/2011

Public libraries lure more user
Education
Written by Diana Nabiruma

Sunday, 20 November 2011 23:30

Research findings have shown that 80% of the public believe libraries provide the opportunity to acquire new skills.

Previously, libraries were thought to be a place for revision by students but findings in a recent report ‘Perceptions of Public Libraries in Uganda’ show that some library users consider libraries a source of news and information on topics like agriculture, health and employment.

The director of the National Library of Uganda, Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa, notes: “We have very few people using the libraries. Our peak season is examination time when students come to revise.”

An NLU board member believes that the library architecture puts off the public from frequenting the libraries.

“Some of our buildings are dusty and are built in this old Indian style that smacks of old age and decay and so, people stay away.”

Monika Elbert, who works for a non-profit organisation dedicated to enabling access to knowledge through libraries, says it is lack of support and awareness that keeps people from accessing libraries.

“More awareness and support is needed for library services to go beyond providing books and places of study,” says Elbert.

Libraries have, therefore, designed strategies to attract ordinary Ugandans. Mulindwa says they are building a database of 1,000 youths from Kampala, Lira and Masindi who will be notified about employment opportunities.

In Kenya for example, two libraries in Kisumu and Eldoret have positioned themselves as vital links in the chain of health information. Librarians trained over 1,600 health workers, students and members of the public to access online health information resources.

As Elbert points out, “There is a lot of rubbish on the internet and there is need for a gatekeeper, in the form of a librarian, to show members of the public which information is useful and which information is not.”

As examples from countries like Kenya and Ghana show, when harnessed, libraries have the potential to spur development through provision of development information and through tapping other areas like training youths in ICT; improving on their social skills and boosting their confidence.

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13/10/2011

I want to inform all the executive members to be serious with what they are doing! We call meetings AND nothing takes place!!!!! ARE U INDEED DOING YOUR WORK????

21/09/2011

“The best conversation companion in our time are books.”—Abu al-Tayib Mutannabi

20/09/2011

All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.”―Jean-Paul Sartre

19/09/2011

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.”―Franz Kafka

05/09/2011

Daily Monitor: - Reviews & Profiles |He built a Public library for his village - Francis Kigobe

monitor.co.ug In the newly created Buikwe district, which does not have a single metre of tarmac on any of its roads, you will find Caezaria Public Library sitting by the dusty roadside, shrouded in the midst of green shrubbery, as if it is joking.

24/08/2011

All new students at EASLIS should register with MULISSA office to become fully members of the Association, Its 10,000/= MULISSA T-Shirts, Stickers are on sale, buy one and support MULISSA. Thanks

03/08/2011

To All year one students 2011/2012 ie BLIS, BRAM, DRAM, DLIS and MLIS.
Greetings from the MULISSA executive! I’d like to welcome you to the Makerere University and the EASLIS Community. As you begin your studies, please take some time to meet the staff and School and become familiar with the resources that will help you progress through your studies. I hope the information presented here will assist you in your transition to university life. Thanks.

15/07/2011

To all Interns, if u have not been supervised by your supervisors, please lets us know! Thanks.

26/05/2011

All second year students should check their Bank A/Cs to see whether they have received internship money. For inquiries, contact Mr. J. Kidaaga.

21/05/2011

Internship beginning on Monday 30th May 2011. Good Luck!!

01/05/2011

Mr. Kakete Sam (BRAM II Eve) lost his mother yestaday (30th April), burial arrangements shall be communicated later.

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