Role of Public Libraries in Promotion of Africa Culture

This is an abbreviated version of Presentation i did during the Association of Government Librarians Conference in Mombasa

THE ROLE OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN PROMOTING AFRICAN CULTURE IN KENYA

According to Encyclopedia Britannica (2010) “Public libraries are now acknowledged to be an indispensable part of community life as promoters of literacy, providers of a wide range of reading for all ages, and centers for

community information services.

Libraries in the Technology Age

Over the past few years, libraries and information centers have been greatly affected by changes in IT, and the rate of change is still accelerating in this era. IT is now able to create:

  • new products, processes and machines that can be used independently, customized information packages, video cassettes, home information products, personal computers and reprographic equipment
  • External dependents, database online information system
  • Cooperative library information networks and
  • Electronic information processing systems such as electronic books.