Library funding : Adequate financial support for African university funding, John Willemse

I. M. N. Kigongo-Bukenya


Funding university libraries in the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECS) region, as elsewhere on the continent, has been
of great concern to university library administrators, managers and users. The International Network for the Availability
of Scientific Publications (INASP) took the bull by the horns and decided, "to develop, formulate and finalize guidelines,
norms and standards, suitable for practical application by university librarians/libraries." The strategies were to examine
and recommend what percentage of the host university budget should go to the library; what percentage of the students'
fees should be apportioned to the library; which income-generating activities would be undertaken by the library; and the
system to control university library funds. To study the status quo and establish possible solutions, INASP commissioned
Professor John Willemse, a LIS educator, renowned academic library manager, prolific writer and with a long experience
of IFLA, particularly the section on university libraries. He undertook a survey of the university libraries in the ECS region
from which certain findings were established. Recommendations derived from these findings are fully discussed in the
respective chapters of this book.

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