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Botho University Library and Information Week

Botho University’s Gaborone Library Department celebrated Library and Information Week from 24th to 28th April, under the theme “Setting the gear towards sustainable developments”.  The event brought together information specialists and consumers, from publishers, booksellers, and librarians to educators and learners.

The commemoration day, which fell on the 27th May 2017, was marked by a book industry exhibition and a panel discussion. Other activities held throughout the week included guided tours of the new and better-suited location at the Tsodilo building, thematic book displays and information sharing sessions on the history of the Botho University Library.

The objective of the panel discussion was to share past experiences, examine the current situation and open a dialogue for the realization of future achievements, such as UNDP’s 2030 strategy goals. Panelists from different library types gave an account of their experiences, particularly the transformation of the library and information systems of their time, as well as insight into how they position themselves in a rapidly changing environment.

Some interesting facts were revealed during the presentation of A journey through public, special and academic; for instance, that libraries in the 80’s communicated with users through a periodic newsletter and a mobile library was used to reach the most remote areas. These methods have since been replaced by advanced technology and the service takes several seconds, rather than several days, as was the case in the past.

A representative from BITRI’s Resource Centre shared how the organization transformed the physical library of old to the modern resource and information centre, providing an appealing picture for the tech-savvy. It is an ideal spot for research and current affairs, featuring an indoor café.

Trends in LIS education provided a glimpse into how changes inform the education and development of librarians. Such changes can be easily embraced when the programme is packaged to promote various formats, rather than solely “books on shelves”.  Already some universities, including the local University of Botswana, are moving towards Knowledge Management to incorporate newer and broader topics.

The audience was given an opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback on the presentations. The primary concern for most tertiary institutions was, given the digital age we are operating in, how to balance the electronic format with the required print volumes, and still be accepted by regulatory bodies.

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