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|Title: ||Mission of the Academic Library in Ghana in the 21st Century|
|Authors: ||Asamoah–Hassan, Helena R.|
|Issue Date: ||Feb-1998|
|Abstract: ||The age long traditional library services offered by academic libraries in Ghana which are no longer adequate are presented. The present level of service, where some amount of automation like computerization of cataloguing records, data communication services like E-mail and information retrieval service like CD—ROM are being offered are outlined. The factors which have brought the need to change to the fore, like economic recession, information explosion and technological innovations are discussed. The expected services and decisions necessary for libraries to cope with the global increase in the production information, current varied formats of information and the increased demand for information by faculty, students and researchers are stated. Services like interlibrary loans and document delivery, new roles of staff and decisions like new collection development policies are stated. The role of the head librarian especially in the provision of good leadership is discussed.
Suggestions for a model academic library in Ghana for the 21st century are made as necessary to ensure that the library remains relevant in the rapid changing age of information, where libraries without walls are emerging and the time lag between demand and delivery of information from libraries/information sources outside one’s environment has reduced drastically.|
|Description: ||A paper presented at a seminar for Academic Librarians held from 11th-13th February 1998 at University College of Education, Winneba.|
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