Beginning with a bibliographic essay, the work retraces the literature of public library development in East and West Africa. Included are the historical contributions and writings of Harold Lancour, F.A. Sharr, and John Harris, three men that helped to positively shape the library world in Africa. Literature on library associations that have significantly influenced professional development in Africa is included as well as articles discussing the organization of knowledge and automation.
Basil Amaeshi is Professor and Director of Library Studies at Abia State University, Nigeria, Africa. He is a member of the British Library Association and the Nigeria Library Association.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Part 1: Report Literature Chapter 3 Part 2: Social, Cultural, and Historical Issues Chapter 4 Part 3: Library Education Chapter 5 Part 4: Library Associations Chapter 6 Part 5: Public Libraries Chapter 7 Part 6: University Libraries Chapter 8 Part 7: School Libraries Chapter 9 Part 8: Information Services Chapter 10 Part 9: Library Legislation Chapter 11 Part 10: Printing, publishing, and Technical Services Chapter 12 Bibliographic Essay