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Rural Community Libraries in Africa

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Around the word, in developed as well as developing countries, libraries play an important role in the dissemination of knowledge. The availability of information resources can often mean the difference between poverty and prosperity, particularly in underdeveloped African communities. Rural Community Libraries in Africa: Challenges and Impacts investigates the relationship between local libraries and community development. From the historical roots of rural libraries to their influence on the literacy, economy, and culture of the surrounding region, this book will present academics, researchers, and, most importantly, librarians with crucial insight into the tangible benefits of rural community libraries and the obstacles they must overcome.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
    1. WELCOME TO THE KITENGESA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
    2. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Section 1: Overview
    1. Chapter 1: Rural Library Services in African Countries
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. EARLY RURAL LIBRARY SERVICES
      4. DEFINING THE RURAL VILLAGE OR COMMUNITY LIBRARY
      5. CHARACTERISTICS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE RURAL COMMUNITY LIBRARY
      6. INFORMATION NEEDS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES
      7. SUMMARY
    2. Chapter 2: The Rural Community Library in Africa as a Context for Literacy and Reading
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE NOTION OF LITERACY
      4. READING AND LITERACY IN THE AFRICAN CONTEXT
      5. READING CULTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE AFRICAN CONTEXT
      6. LITERACY AND ORALITY WITHIN THE AFRICAN CONTEXT
      7. READING AND LITERACY AS IMPERIALISTIC TOOLS
      8. CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE RURAL COMMUNITY LIBRARY TO THE LOCAL ECOLOGY OF READING AND LITERACY
      9. SUMMARY
    3. Chapter 3: An Overview of Prior Research on Select Community Libraries
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. EAST AFRICA
      3. WEST AFRICA
      4. SOUTH AFRICA
      5. SUMMARY
  10. Section 2: Research on Library Impact at Kitengesa Community Library in Uganda
    1. Chapter 4: Books for African Readers
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THE PROBLEM
      3. METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES
      4. THE COLLECTION
      5. POPULARITY OF CATEGORIES AND TITLES
      6. CAVEATS
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 5: Exploring Secondary School Student Factors and Academic Outcomes at the Kitengesa Community Library
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHOD
      5. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
      6. LIMITATIONS
      7. SUMMARY
    3. Chapter 6: The Intergenerational Impact of a Rural Community Library on Young Children’s Learning Readiness in a Ugandan Village
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. WESTERN-STYLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS
      4. RURAL COMMUNITY LIBRARY IMPACT ON YOUNG CHILDREN’S LITERACY ACQUISITION
      5. THE CHILD’S SECURE READINESS TO LEARN
      6. SCHOOL READINESS SKILLS
      7. PATTERNS OF CAREGIVER READING AND STORYTELLING TO THE CHILD
      8. CAREGIVER MEDICAL HEALTH AND DEPRESSION
      9. CUMULATIVE SOCIAL-CONTEXTUAL RISK
      10. THE CURRENT STUDIES
      11. METHOD FOR STUDY 1
      12. DATA ANALYSIS
      13. RESULTS OF STUDY 1
      14. DISCUSSION OF STUDY 1
      15. LIMITATIONS
      16. SUMMARY
      17. METHOD FOR STUDY 2
      18. DATA ANALYSIS
      19. RESULTS OF STUDY 2
      20. DISCUSSION OF STUDY 2
      21. LIMITATIONS
      22. SUMMARY
    4. Chapter 7: Beyond Reading
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL AFRICA
      4. LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, RURAL LIBRARIES AND LITERACY
      5. PROJECTS AT THE KITENGESA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
      6. SUMMARY
  11. Section 3: Research on Reading in Rural Community Libraries in Burkina Faso and Ghana
    1. Chapter 8: How Much Does It Cost to Get a Book Read?
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY LIBRARIES IN AFRICA
      4. USAGE RATES OF COMMUNITY LIBRARIES IN BURKINA FASO
      5. HOW MUCH DO LIBRARIES INCREASE READING?
      6. COSTS OF SUPPORTING SMALL VILLAGE LIBRARIES
      7. SUMMARY
    2. Chapter 9: Cost-Effectiveness of a Summer Reading Program in Community Libraries in Burkina Faso
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS
      4. READING TESTS
      5. PROGRAM COSTS
      6. MEASUREMENT OF IMPACT OF SUMMER READING CAMPS
      7. IMPACT OF SUMMER READING CAMPS COMPARED WITH OTHER PROGRAMS
      8. CONCLUSION ON COST-EFFECTIVENESS
    3. Chapter 10: Impacts of Summer Reading Camp Programs in Community Libraries in Ghana
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. READING IN GHANA
      4. MOTIVATING READING
      5. READING CAMPS IN NORTHERN GHANA
      6. RESEARCH METHODS AND MEASUREMENT
      7. OVERALL IMPACT OF READING CAMPS
      8. MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF EFFECTS OF PROGRAM COMPONENTS
      9. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 11: Cost-Effectiveness of Solar-Powered LED Reading Lamps in Burkina Faso
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. READING IN BURKINA FASO
      4. SOLAR-POWERED LED LAMPS
      5. METHODOLOGY AND SAMPLE
      6. IMPACT OF SOLAR LAMPS
      7. MESSAGES AND OUTCOMES
      8. SUMMARY
      9. APPENDIX: MESSAGES GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED SOLAR POWERED LAMPS
  12. Section 4: Broader Explorations of Rural Community Libraries
    1. Chapter 12: Mounting a Quantitative or Qualitative Research Study of the Rural African Village Library
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INITIAL PREPARATIONS
      3. ON THE GROUND
      4. BACK AT THE UNIVERSITY
    2. Chapter 13: Global Initiatives
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF SELECT ORGANIZATIONS
  13. Compilation of References
  14. About the Authors
  15. Conclusion
  16. Related References