Although some of the library and information centres in West Africa have access to computers, automation has not been used much in the services provided. The subregion may not be ready yet for largescale automation. However, there are areas in which the existing computer facilities may be beneficially employed. Such relatively simple computer operations as the production of union lists, union catalogues, directories and similar services are within the expertise of the subregion and call for immediate automation. The further use of automation in nationally coordinated acquisition and cataloguing programmes as well as in the provision of current awareness programmes has been suggested as areas worth exploring. As in all library and information work, the active support of the various national governments is seen as necessary for the successful implementation of these programmes.
Program: electronic library and information systems – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1983
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