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Private camel library brings hope to pastoralists: the Kenyan experience

Richard Masaranga Atuti (Principal Researcher, Librarian, Kenya National Library Service, Nyeri, Kenya)
J.R. Ikoja‐Odongo (Lecturer, EASLIS, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 February 1999


Discusses an innovation in the Kenya National Library Service, the Camel Library Service (CLS) in North Eastern Province, Kenya. Highlights results of an investigation of the impact and the feasibility of the CLS pilot project and its compatibility to the lifestyle of nomadic pastoralists. The instruments used in the survey included questionnaires, interviews, documentary analysis and a literature search. Data from the field was adapted, coded, summarized statistically and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Services (SPSS). The findings show that animal transport (camel) as a mobile library provides an adequate alternative and successful model for a service on wheels. The CLS was also found an effective channel of maximizing the use of National Library information resources by nomadic pastoralists. A review of its performance indicates the project is viable and can be adapted, replicated and expanded.



Masaranga Atuti, R. and Ikoja‐Odongo, J.R. (1999), "Private camel library brings hope to pastoralists: the Kenyan experience", Library Review, Vol. 48 No. 1, pp. 36-42.




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