A history of the University of Natal Libraries, 1910 2003

Nora Buchanan, Christine Stilwell


This study documented the development of the two libraries of the University of Natal from 1910 to 2003. The historical
research method was chosen as the optimal method for the collection and analysis of data, the broad approach to the
study being interpretative. Understanding the present and anticipating and managing change depends to some extent on
our appreciation and understanding of history. This study, by investigating the historical record of the University of Natal
Libraries, is not only a revelation of the past but also assisted in identifying possible future trends in academic librarianship
in South Africa, particularly as far as the management of multi-centred libraries is concerned. In addition, the value of the
study lies in the consolidation and interpretation of information in numerous unpublished records and scattered,
ephemeral sources.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7553/78-1-42


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