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Title:Library-to-library and librarian-academic partnerships: the University of Malawi, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Michigan State University
Author:Limb, PeterISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:scientific cooperation
university libraries
technical cooperation
Abstract:University development projects or partnerships on Africa that neglect libraries and information services do so at their own peril. Closer attention to the detail of these partnerships and the building of new alliances, not just between librarians in the North and in Africa, but also between academics and librarians in the respective universities, can help to improve the effectiveness of African partnerships. The building of partnerships that combine focused, one-to-one links with wider coordination are one effective way to help lay the foundation for improved library capacity building in Africa. Since 1960 Michigan State University (MSU), where the author is based, has forged extensive partnerships with African universities. MSU helped build the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and, since the 1980s, it has developed very close ties with the University of Malawi. Lessons from these initiatives show the need to build academic-librarian partnerships at the same time as university-to-university, or library-to-library partnerships. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]