Library legislation in Zambia

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Kantumoya, Albert
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This dissertation investigates and justifies the need for a public library law in Zambia to lay the foundation for the provision and development of public library services.The subject of library legislation is not new to Zambia.On two ocassions, in 1976 and 1977,the Zambia library association made unsuccessfull attempts to have a bill passed by the Zambian parliament.The objective of this research are therefore both academic and practicalAcademically to investigate and justify the need for a public library legislation for Zambia.Practically,it is the hope of the author that this research will catch the attention of the ZAmbian governement and encourage the Zambia library association to renew it's campaign for a library bill.The urgency of the need for a public library legislation in the country stems from the fact that public library services in the country are both inadquate and inappropriate for the information needs of the society.This inadquacy has its roots in the failure of the authourities that be,to define the role of public libraries to meet the challenges of the present society.As a result,public libraries have failed to make any significant contribution to the advancement of the society.Therefore,only a public law will create the administrative and financial basis for the development of library services in the country.Due to the distance between Zambia and shefield where bulk of the research was carried out and perhaps a time constraint,the author had to rely entirely on secondary literature.In other words,actual fieldwork,interviews and other methods associated with the resaerch undertakings were not employed.Perhaps this is the major shortcoming of the research.Accepting this method of approach the author intends to analyse the authoritative statements on publibc library legislation and the development of public libraries and,review existing legislative arrangrments for the provision of public library services in other African contries.This analysis will provide the philosophical,theoretical and practical guidelines for assessing the Zambian situation.The dissertation is divided in to seven chapters.In chapter one the various social,political,economic and environmental forces that affect and shape the development of the Zambia society are analysed.Chapter two traces the historical dvelopment of library services and attempts to identify the major problems faced by public librarians in the country.Chapter three and four deal with public library legislation in generalChapter three outlines the principles and functions of public library legislation and,also traces the development of the idea of offering library services based on legislation from the British Public libraries and Museums act of 1850 to the present day.Chapter four reviews the legislative arrangements for the provision and development of library services in Anglo-phone Africa and,previous attempts by the Zambia Library Association to have a library bill passed.Chapters five and six deal with the problem of public library legislation for zambia.In chapter five we justify the need for a public library law to lay foundation for the provision and development of public library services in the country,while chapter six outlines a possible strategy for library profession in campaigning for the bill.Chapter seven presents the conclusion and a draft public libraries bill to be considered by the Zambia library association
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