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Saturday, November 3, 2012

One school, One library, one Librarian” advocacy campaign for school libraries

The Zimbabwe Library Association is currently embarking on the "one school, one library, one librarian" advocacy campaign for school libraries. Further, October being the International School Library Month, it is vital to reflect on the value of school libraries and school librarianship.

Discussions of educational reforms in Zimbabwe are deficient, defective and distorted if they do not include a significant role for libraries. Education for all can be more effectively provided through adequate and effective library and information services network across the country.

Quite frankly, libraries in schools continue to decline and shelves are empty or full of irrelevant materials. Few schools have libraries and the quality and relevance of information resources in these libraries reveal marked variations from school to school.
Government support for school libraries is still elementary.