Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries

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dc.description.abstract Tackling inequalities in society remains a serious challenge for post-apartheid South Africa. This battle calls for a multifaceted approach that involves various stakeholders including community libraries. Community libraries are internationally recognised as social institutions that can effect social and economic transformation in society. In South Africa, this is clearly manifested by the provision of a conditional government grant for the development of community libraries in the country. The Department of Arts and Culture started this project in 2007. Despite this recognition for community libraries, their role in tackling inequalities in society is not always clear. Findings from the literature and reports from the Department of Arts and Culture suggest that community libraries are playing an important role in curbing inequalities. This article also attempts to report on the progress of the Department of Arts and Culture's conditional grant community library project. Though there has been some progress in the project but challenges still exist and more effort and support are required. It is vital that community library services be developed and sustained as these libraries can have a positive influence on the development of society. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject PUBLIC LIBRARIES en
dc.subject SOCIAL EXCLUSION en
dc.title Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 31(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2013/14 en
dc.ResearchGroup Management Support en
dc.SourceTitle Information Development en
dc.ArchiveNumber 7851 en
dc.PageNumber 40-52 en
dc.outputnumber 6501 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mnkeni-Saurombe, N. & Zimu, N. (2015) Towards tackling inequalities in South Africa: the role of community libraries. Information Development. 31(1):40-52. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mnkeni-Saurombe, N. en
dc.contributor.author2 Zimu, N. en

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