by EKEKIEL E. KAUNGAMNO " a public library should not just be a place where books can be borrowed. It must be a centre for much wider educational and cultural activity. A library should be one of the centres for adult education work of all kinds - varying from the promotion of the desire for literacy by story telling and discussion to the erudite lectures of visiting professors." - From the speech by President Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere at the opening of the Central Library, Dar es Salaam, December 9th, 1967. The establishment of a nation-wide library system was one of the projects which were given a top priority from the time Tanganyika (as it was then called) became independent in 1961. In 1960, Mr. Sidney Hockey was appointed by the British Council as Libraries Organiser for the governments of East AfricaâKenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar. His recommendations were that each territory should consider "the establishment of a central free public library service . . . which will integrate all existing public library services and eventually be responsible for the administration of such services for the whole country". The now famous Hockey Report thus became the genesis for
Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1972
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