|Books in a public library|
Discussions at the first ever African Public Libraries Summit (APLS) 2012, held at Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, 19–21 September 2012, revealed that while some public libraries are almost on stand still, others are making good progress by being innovative and adopting modern ICTs. A good case was presented from Botswana.
|Ms Ruth B. Maphorisa|
|Ms. Magdeline Engleton|
Although external international organizations are involved in the working in the Sesigo - Botswana e-Public Libraries project, it was clear from the discussions that the success of the initiative is largely because of the Government’s commitment and support to public libraries. The Permanent Secretary participating in the entire three-day meeting, which focused on public libraries, is proof of this support.
What is the status of public libraries in other African countries? Do they have a future? Will they end up like the extinct dinosaur?
About 127 delegates attended APLS 2012 from 53 countries out of which 43 were African countries.