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Strategies for Marketing an Academic Library in an African Setting

Strategies for Marketing an Academic Library in an African Setting
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Author(s): Sylvia A. Ogola (Maseno University, Kenya) and Japhet Otike (Moi University, Kenya)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 9
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.ch005

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Abstract

Marketing of library services varies from one environment to another. This chapter discusses the kind of strategies that a librarian manning a university library in Africa needs to come up with to realize a successful marketing programme. The limited resources and an adverse working environment characteristic of the African situation are highlighted. It is observed that a successful marketer is one who has the right personal qualities, sensitive to the needs of the users, knowledgeable about the product, and promoting it with passion. The chapter also looks at issues that affect the marketing capabilities of academic libraries in Africa. It concludes that academic libraries in Africa have very tight budgets, and most cannot afford to earmark any funds towards marketing their services. The chapter is significant in that not much literature is available for marketing of academic libraries in an African setting, and it provides some solutions that can be applied without extra funding. Students in Africa rely on mobile phones and social networking sites to communicate, and it is recommended that the use of social media for marketing can be very effective in Africa today

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