[Duraspace] Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 14:42:39 SAST 2015

Since the establishment of the first public library in 1818, the South
African library and information services landscape has also been a
reflection of the socio-political order and developments in the country.
This article presents an historical perspective as well as an overview of
libraries in South Africa since 1994, the context within which libraries
function, library governance and legislative framework, government funding
for redress, library technologies, library and information services
education and the professional association. The article further highlights
the importance of libraries in meeting the goals of the national
development agenda towards entrenching a strong democracy and an educated
and informed nation.

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