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National library associations: websites and electronic discussion groups

Al-Amin Yusuph

Abstract


This article reviews the state of national library association websites in Africa based on an examination and analysis of the Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia sites. Problems identified include lack of regular updates, technical errors, lack of funds to acquire quality website editing tools and hosting facilities, and lack of promotion. Few electronic discussion groups exist, and those that do are mainly operated through free hosts such as yahoo groups, and are password protected. They are not well promoted and therefore not searchable using search engines. Recommended improvements for websites include proper hosting services and URL registrations, promotion through links with weblogs, assistance in training webmasters, and encouragement so that they can network and share experiences.

Innovation Vol. 31 2005: 17-28



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/innovation.v31i1.26503
AJOL African Journals Online