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Esharenana E. Adomi

This article is an interview with Professor A.A. Alemna, an inspirational and interesting character with a varied career in library and information science, who shares…

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This article is an interview with Professor A.A. Alemna, an inspirational and interesting character with a varied career in library and information science, who shares highlights of his career.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 21 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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A.A. Alemna

Attempts to look at continuing education from the viewpoint of the library practitioner in Ghana. This is compared with the views of the library educator. It is found that…

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Attempts to look at continuing education from the viewpoint of the library practitioner in Ghana. This is compared with the views of the library educator. It is found that although there were a few variations in their priorities, both groups agree that continuing education is important in professional development. Suggestions are made towards the improvement of continuing education in Ghana.

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New Library World, vol. 102 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Anaba A Alemna

The aim of this paper is to review the development of the library profession in Ghana from its inception during the colonial period to the present day. It discusses the…

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The aim of this paper is to review the development of the library profession in Ghana from its inception during the colonial period to the present day. It discusses the achievements of the profession as well as its problems. Suggestions are made for solutions to these problems. Wherever possible, comparisons are made with other library professions in the sub‐region, particularly with the Nigeria Library Association which is a sister organisation. The writer concludes that a lot still needs to be done by the Ghana Library Association in order to fulfil the basic attributes of the profession.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 43 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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A. Anaba Alemna

The issue of standards has always been uppermost in theminds of librarians, and has also received considerableprofessional attention. Examines the concept of standards…

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The issue of standards has always been uppermost in the minds of librarians, and has also received considerable professional attention. Examines the concept of standards for school libraries in Ghana and their functional applicability. Discusses the standards within the framework of stock; selection; accomodation; financial support; furnishing; services; competent staffing and inter‐library co‐operation. This has been developed in the light of the needs of schools in Ghana which are steadily realizing the importance of libraries.

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Library Management, vol. 14 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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A.A. Alemna

This paper stresses the importance of grey literature to a developing country like Ghana. Present attempts at grey literature acquisition, storage and organisation are…

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This paper stresses the importance of grey literature to a developing country like Ghana. Present attempts at grey literature acquisition, storage and organisation are discussed. The writer is of the view that these attempts have failed due to reasons such as funding and staffing. A Centralised Documentation Centre such as a National Library is recommended for the country. Failing this, then, selected libraries should be properly organised to play this role.

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Library Review, vol. 50 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Vida Mensah and A.A. Alemna

There is excessive turnover among trained graduate librarians of the Ghana Library Board (GLB). All too often, the ones who leave are not the ones that management, as well…

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There is excessive turnover among trained graduate librarians of the Ghana Library Board (GLB). All too often, the ones who leave are not the ones that management, as well as colleagues, wish would leave. An acceptable reason from the management point of view is that they leave to accept a position with higher pay. Management finds comfort in this explanation. Nevertheless, research has proved that employees leave for a number of reasons, besides money. The trained graduate librarians who leave the GLB are no exception. Examines the problems of voluntary turnover, by analysing these reasons, and attempts to offer suggestions which it is hoped could help reduce the incidence of turnover at the GLB to the barest minimum.

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Library Management, vol. 18 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Christine O. Kisiedu

Since 1996 an IFLA/DANIDA project has been underway to enhance interlending and document supply in Ghana. Through external funding the project aims to establish an

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Since 1996 an IFLA/DANIDA project has been underway to enhance interlending and document supply in Ghana. Through external funding the project aims to establish an electronic networking system, to train local librarians in the use of new technology and in ILDS systems generally; to develop relationships with major Western libraries. If the project is successful it is likely to be extended to other Third World countries. The project is being carried out against the background of traditional library problems in Africa, e.g. underfunding, poor telecommunications, lack of computing equipment, limited local expertise, inadequate staff numbers and poor training facilities. Through the project, promising progress is already being made.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 27 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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A.A. Alemna and K.E. Skouby

Reports an investigation into the information needs and information‐seeking behaviour of Members of Parliament in Ghana’s legislature. It concludes that a better…

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Reports an investigation into the information needs and information‐seeking behaviour of Members of Parliament in Ghana’s legislature. It concludes that a better understanding of this question is fundamental to the achievements of their job objectives. Includes the questionnaire used in the survey.

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Library Management, vol. 21 no. 5
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ISSN: 0143-5124

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A. Anaba Alemna

There are now three Universities in Ghana with a total enrollment of about 10,000 students. The oldest and largest is the University of Ghana, Legon, which was established…

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There are now three Universities in Ghana with a total enrollment of about 10,000 students. The oldest and largest is the University of Ghana, Legon, which was established in 1948 as a University College preparing students for the degrees of the University of London. The University of Science and Technology at Kumasi was the second to be established in the country. It started as a College of Technology in 1951 and was raised to University status in 1961. The University of Cape Coast came into being in 1962, mainly to produce graduate teachers for expanding secondary schools and teacher‐training colleges. All the universities have libraries which provide services to faculty members, scholars and students. The number of books allowed to be borrowed, however, depends on the status of the user, with faculty members having more privileges than students at all the universities.

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Collection Building, vol. 10 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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A.A. Alemna and I.K. Antwi

Discusses evolving trends in library consortia building against the backdrop of recent developments in some African countries. The expected benefits and barriers to…

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Discusses evolving trends in library consortia building against the backdrop of recent developments in some African countries. The expected benefits and barriers to consortia building are highlighted. The writers then suggest the way forward in successful consortia building among university libraries in Africa.

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Library Management, vol. 23 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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