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The posting on "Net May Aid Africa Colleges" provides good news to most African
professionals who are working towards electronic connectivity in Africa.
Indeed, a African universities need to be brought into Cyberspace. However, one
university department which should not be left out in the project is THE
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY.

In fact, if there is any department in the University that has suffered worse
budget cuts, is the Library. Most libraries in Africa are still using manual
systems and have no access to the Internet. Some hold unique collections, which
if made available on the Internet, will be accessible to the whole world. How
many times have we heard of researchers and sometimes students from Africa
studying in Europe or USA sending letters and faxes back home requesting for
information materials from university libraries in Africa? If the collections
of these libraries are made accessible, and better still available, on the
Internet, library and information professionals in Africa, will indeed be
contributing to the development of the information content of the Information
Superhighway.

I hope that the project being planned will include university libraries on the
agenda and assist them in getting connected. Taking into account the fact that
the majority of the population in Africa (this includes lecturers and students
who will be benefit from the project) do not have access to computer equipment,
connected university libraries could serve as information and access points to
the information superhighway for them.

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Justin Chisenga, LIDPM
Head: Systems Management                            Tel: +264 - 61 - 2063718
Office of the Librarian                             Fax: +264 - 61 - 2063876
University of Namibia                            E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Private Bag 13301
Windhoek
NAMIBIA
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