Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
General Structures, Literatures, and Problems of Libraries: Revisiting the State of Librarianship in Africa
The society we live in is in constant need of information to solve its problems. The library serves as the agency responsible for the collecting, processing, managing and disseminating of this information in various formats to meet the varying needs of the users. Information may be needed for education, entertainment, socio-cultural development etc. It is therefore the duty of the librarian to ensure that there is availability and accessibility to the required information whenever it is needed. This paper looks at the nature of libraries, the structures of libraries, the literature of libraries and common problems plaguing the delivery of library services in Africa. In order for the library to take its place in information management in Africa, several solutions were suggested. These solutions include: increased funding, ICT skill acquisition, resource sharing and networking etc.