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New approaches in library networking: reflections on experiences in South Africa

Rowley, Jennifer and Slack, Frances (1999) New approaches in library networking: reflections on experiences in South Africa. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 31 (1). pp. 33-38. ISSN 1741-6477

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Abstract

Distils the views obtained from a number of conversations and interviews with staff associated with CALICO (Cape Libraries Co-operative) and GAELIC (Gauteng and Environs Library Consortium) during a study visit in December 1997. Notes the six library co-operatives in South Africa: FRELICO (Free State Library Co-operative); SEALS (South Eastern Academic Library System); CATNIP; EASEL(Eastern Seaboard Libraries); CALICO; and GAELIC. Presents two case studies of CALICO and GAELIC focusing on: missions; structure and management; and activities. Concludes that CALICO and GAELIC and the other library co-operatives and consortia in South Africa have been formed at a time when the challenges facing the new South Africa and, in particular, higher education in South Africa, are considerable. Their objectives and activities reflect the issues facing the management of library resources in higher education in South Africa, including the increasing cost of periodical subscriptions leading library managers to seek collaborative acquisitions strategies and to consider the potential of electronic periodicals and other forms of electronic document delivery.

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