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Oral traditions and libraries

John Abdul Kargbo (Institute of Library, Information and Communication Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the importance of oral traditions and the role of libraries in ensuring they are preserved in societies.

Design/methodology/approach

Offers a review of the literature and a wider discussion on oral traditions and the role of libraries in preserving them, with specific relation to Sierra Leone.

Findings

Measures should be taken to resuscitate this knowledge of oral cultures. As libraries are repositories of knowledge there is every reason for librarians to play a leading role in this direction.

Practical implications

Of interest to librarians dealing with oral cultures or interested in the topic.

Originality/value

The paper discusses a unique topic with specific reference to a developing country.

Keywords

Citation

Abdul Kargbo, J. (2008), "Oral traditions and libraries", Library Review, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 442-448. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242530810886715

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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