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The Future of Readership Development: How ICTs Have Influenced User Habits and Library Acquisitions

The Future of Readership Development: How ICTs Have Influenced User Habits and Library Acquisitions
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Author(s): Elisam Magara (Makerere University, Uganda)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 16
Source title: Library and Information Science in Developing Countries: Contemporary Issues
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): A. Tella (University of Ilorin, Nigeria) and A.O. Issa (University of Ilorin, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-335-5.ch010

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Abstract

Libraries play an important role in development of human kind, especially in the development of readership among the users. In particular, the development of ICTs has opened up new horizons for the creation, storage, access, distribution, and presentation that has significantly imparted and dramatically changed the fabric of the library user habits. It remains a challenge, however, to most of the libraries regarding which acquisitions models would be adequate for the user’s needs. This chapter attempts to analyse the changing user habits and library acquisition trends and their contribution to the readership development within the ICT environments in developing countries. The chapter attempts to assess how academic libraries, with examples of Makerere University Library, have applied the library acquisition models to address the changing user habits and their implications. The chapter gives strategies for readership development to meet the socio-economic demands of the society.

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