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Tropical Librarianship
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This collection provides an insight into the reality, problems, and fascination of tropical librarianship. It includes papers that appeared in the professional press and were influential in establishing libraries and library schools in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and elsewhere in the tropics from 1960 to 1985. The author spotlights problems of influencing governments, planning library buildings, choosing furnitiure and equipment, preserving books, and educating and training staff.
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Wilfred J. Plumbe (FLA) has worked in the tropics for 35 years; he has been university librarian of six universities, president of two library associations, editor of three library journals, and co-planner of six library buildings. He has published 80 articles and papers on aspects of librarianship, and his earlier books are Libraries and Archives in Fiji, The Preservation of Books in Tropical and Subtropical Countries, African Poems, and Kingdom of Earth (poems).

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...Few librarians can have had more world-wide experience in their chosen profession than Wilfred Plumbe...Universities in the developing countries owe him a great debt of gratitude...A wordsmith who writes with care and discipline...Should find a place in all important collections. Library Association Record, (Uk) ...This volume is very much to be welcomed...Quite outstanding and enjoyable background reading... Information Technology For Development, (Uk) ...Many of the points made in these papers remain valid today...An interesting historical pespective on post-war library development in a variety of developing countries and regions which should be of interest to all involved in this field. Information Development ...A valuable source of information and comment...contains much basic information which will be of use for many years to come. Focus, (Uk) ...absorbing reading...should be required supplementary reading for classes in International Librarianship as well as the History of Books and Libraries. Comla Newsletter A rich commentary on the development of libraries...in newly independent nations...Highly recommended... Library Journal

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