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Title:The digital divide and university education systems in sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Adeogun, MargaretISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
information technology
Abstract:This paper examines the concept of the digital divide, i.e. the information gap between the developed countries and the developing countries, notably those in Africa, how this divide can relegate Africa to the background of the new world economy, and how a transformed tertiary educational system can help to minimize the gap between the information-rich countries of the North and the information-poor African countries. The paper pays special attention to the role of libraries in the new knowledge dispensation. It argues that if the barriers to accessing and synthesizing information can be removed, African scholars and librarians can contribute significantly to global knowledge development. They can also adapt existing knowledge to enhance sustainable development on the African continent. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]