The Future of Library Services in the Digital Economy: A Case Study of the Copperbelt University Library

The Future of Library Services in the Digital Economy: A Case Study of the Copperbelt University Library

Matuka Chipembele (Copperbelt University, Zambia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5868-4.ch004
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Abstract

Libraries may be on the verge of a revolutionary phase of integrating technology in all their services in order for them to become effective information providers in the digital economy. In much of the literature on the potential of ICTs in academic libraries, it is argued that advancements in ICTs are changing the way people are accessing and using information. Hence, integration of ICTs in library services is necessary if libraries are to effectively provide information at anytime and anywhere. This chapter seeks to address this issue with a focus on the Copperbelt University library in Kitwe, Zambia. The chapter reviews various similar sources that looked at technology and its impact on library services. Additionally, in the African context, there has been massive adoption of Internet-enabled technologies. For example many people have smart phones such as Blackberries, Samsung, Nokia and Apple iPhones, which enable them access Internet ubiquitously. The emergence of these technologies and their abilities to provide tailor made applications for pervasive access to information resources entails that even library content may now be provided on electronic platforms. Whereas the rest of the world has done a substantial amount towards electronic library systems, not much has been done in Africa. Despite such challenges, libraries are taking steps in modernizing their services in an effort to fully satisfy the ever-changing needs of their information users. Additionally, recommendations on what libraries ought to do in order for them to bridge the widening gap in terms of how people are accessing and using information are given.
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Advancements In Ict And Its Effects On Libraries

There have been growing amount of literature published on ICTs and its impact on the provision of library services. Therefore, the writer’s analysis would be built on the findings of several previous but similar investigations that examined issues pertaining to library services in the digital economy.

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