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Computer literacy and libraries

Cora S.H. Ovens (Library and Information Service, University of the Orange Free State, P.O. Box 301, Bloemfontein 9300, Republic of South Africa)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 February 1991



Computer literacy is defined. Reasons are given why computer literacy is required by librarians/information officers and some of the computerised library tasks are listed. Problems such as computer fear/anxiety and computer resistance, the clash of computer software methodologies, and miscellaneous problems such as the acquisition of unknown, often unsuitable software programmes for libraries, ‘user‐friendliness’ of programmes, ‘home made’ library programmes, training and the unwillingness of a few staff members to become computer literate are named and discussed. Some solutions to overcome these problems are discussed: communication, training, the use of manuals, hardware and software support and user groups.


Ovens, C.S.H. (1991), "Computer literacy and libraries", The Electronic Library, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 85-89.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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