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Librarianship in Botswana: A Review of Recent Literature

Lisa Bendoff


This paper summarizes and analyzes library literature of the 1980s and 1990s about the library situation in Botswana. A prominent issue discovered in those writings in that of the appropriate model for library development: should it be the U.S./European pattern or an indigenous one? One solution suggested is to follow Western models for research libraries, while developing new models for public libraries. In fact, certain Western practice is being followed and written about, for example time and workflow studies are being carried out, and authority control in the University of Botswana is achieved through the use of CDMARC. Other writings discuss the library education program at the University of Botswana, library cooperation, and the need to collect development literature.

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