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Preliminary Activities of the Advancing Library Visibility in Africa Project
(Technology & Social Change Group, 2019-03)
Library services play a critical role in supporting communities across the African continent as they pursue sustainable economic growth and social progress. In spite of this, libraries are often overlooked as potential development partners, largely because they lack the data to effectively illustrate the many ways in which ...
Volunteer geographic information in the Global South: barriers to local implementation of mapping projects across Africa
The world is awash in data—by 2020 it is expected that there will be approximately 40 trillion gigabytes of data in existence, with that number doubling every 2 to 3 years. However, data production is not equal in all places—the global data landscape remains heavily concentrated on English-speaking, urban, and relatively ...
Connecting African libraries and development organizations: Perceptions and possibilities
(Technology & Social Change Group, 2020)
While perceptions of African libraries as development partners remain low and limited by development organizations, it is possible to change these perceptions. Quantitative data are necessary but insufficient in demonstrating library development value. Possible development partnership roles for African libraries are as ...
Benefits of crowdsourcing for libraries: A case study from Africa
(Technology & Social Change Group, 2020-09)
Many libraries in the Global South do not collect comprehensive data about themselves, which creates challenges in terms of local and international visibility. Crowdsourcing is an effective tool that engages the public to collect missing data, and it has proven to be particularly valuable in countries in which governments ...