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The role of the South African public library in support of adult black illiterates in urban areas

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dc.contributor.advisor Dick, A.L Von Beck, M. K. E. L. B. (Margarethe Kunhild Ehrengard Luise Bodild) en 2015-01-23T04:24:29Z 2015-01-23T04:24:29Z 1997-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Von Beck, M. K. E. L. B. (Margarethe Kunhild Ehrengard Luise Bodild) (1997) The role of the South African public library in support of adult black illiterates in urban areas, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the history of the phenomenon illiteracy and the response of the public library in selected countries for about one hundred and fifty years with particular focus on the Republic of south Africa. The influence that this manifestation has on the individual Black urban adult, the society in which the illiterate adult lives and the economy of the country are sharply focused. The principal argument is that public libraries have historically adapted their services to meet new social challenges, and in South Africa illiteracy among Black urban adults constitutes such a challenge. As an extension of its traditional educational function, the public library is beginning to meet this challenge in the role of literacy support. The reasons for the high illiteracy rate among the Black adult urban population are discussed in their historical context. As far as the methodology is concerned, extensive literature studies were undertaken on international as well as local data bases. Correspondence was entered into with overseas research institutes, academics and consultants. Interviews were conducted to ascertain the most recent developments relating to the literacy problem in a well-defined geographical region. Conclusions are made to the effect that there is a historical imperative for the South African public library system to fully discharge its responsibility to Black South Africans. In order to achieve this the public library in South Africa should re-examine, re-interpret and extend its educational function to include the challenge of the role of literacy support. It is further reconunended that the Provincial Library services in south Africa should coordinate disparate efforts and activities in this regard. The marketing of the public library has become more important in the prevailing economic climate. If the public library wishes to remain an indispensable social institution in the lives of the citizens of South Africa and specifically if it takes the role of literacy support seriously, it will of necessity have to market its services. Other organizational implications for public libraries of this new challenge of literacy support are spelled out clearly and areas requiring further research are indicated.
dc.format.extent 1 electronic resource (xii, 305 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Public libraries history 1850-1970 in Britain
dc.subject United States of America
dc.subject Denmark
dc.subject Nigeria and South Africa
dc.subject History of public library services for African-American Communities
dc.subject History of public library services for Black population in South Africa 1928
dc.subject Public library functions
dc.subject Marketing of public library
dc.subject Literacy support
dc.subject.ddc 027.468 en
dc.subject.lcsh Public libraries -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Public libraries -- Literacy support en
dc.subject.lcsh Libraries and adult education en
dc.title The role of the South African public library in support of adult black illiterates in urban areas en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Information Studies D. Litt. et Phil. en

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