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.
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).