Libraries

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Africa has long had the reputation of being a continent of non-readers. However, this is changing. School and self-help books are selling, as is literature. The network of public libraries in Kenya is expanding slowly but steadily. More than 10 percent of the population are registered users of a library.

    Library landscapes

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    The Library Landscape in Kenya. An Overview

    The network of public libraries in Kenya is expanding slowly but steadily. More than 10 percent of the population are registered users of a library. Sometimes one has to be creative to reach the people outside the urban centres.More ...
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    The Library Landscape in Germany. An Overview

    Around 11,000 libraries in Germany, all with their own specialist areas and target groups, ensure that access to information and knowledge is as barrier-free as possible.More ...

    Portraits

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    The Library of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa - A Bastion of Knowledge

    On 26th September, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) beat more than 70 institutions to clinch the 2013 Maktaba Award.More ...
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    Kenya Methodist University Library - a Gem in Meru

    Students of Kenya Methodist University in Meru don't have to physically go to their library in order to work with the latest academic journals. E-learning allows (not only) distance learners to access the materials they need.More ...
    Anyiko Owoko

    Treasure Trove: The Kenya National Archives & Documentation Services

    Thousands of people stream by the National Archives daily. Most do not realise that they are passing by a repository of Kenya's most significant cultural, political and academic history.More ...
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    Beauty and the books: The United States International University library

    To many people, buildings that house books are equivalent to crumbling, musty structures. Not so with the USIU library, one of the best equipped and beautiful in Kenya.More ...
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    Book Caravan: Interlibrary lending via camels

    Education comes to the Kenyan desert on four legs. The beasts of burden of the world’s sole camel library bring novels, school books and the promise for a better life to the nomadic people in the East of the country.More ...
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    Award-Winning Innovation: The TH Wildau Library

    The library of Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences is developing technologies of the future for its users. It has now received the “Library of the Year 2012” award for its innovative spirit.More ...
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    Books on Wheels: Mobile Libraries

    More than 100 buses and lorries can be seen chugging around suburbs and rural areas throughout Germany, bringing library services to people living far away from the nearest city or local library.More ...
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    Library of the Year 2011: Anton Saefkow Library

    Anton Saefkow Library in Berlin is “Library of the Year 2011”: because it plays a central role in the local community as a place where people of all ages and ethnic origins are welcome.More ...
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    Reading Whenever You Like: The University of Constance Library is the 2010 “Library of the Year”

    The University of Constance Library has for years anticipated the wishes of researchers and students. For this it received in October 2010 the highest German library award.More ...

    Reading Culture

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    Reading Culture in Kenya: A situation to worry about?

    What is your first reaction when you visit someone's home and find the living room lined with bookshelves? What kind of country Kenya would be if citizens read as much as they discussed politics or the English Premier League?More ...
    Bettina Rühl

    Book culture in Kenya

    Africa has long had the reputation of being a continent of non-readers. However, this is changing. School and self-help books are selling, as is literature. Reading is becoming a trend because it forms the basis for education and education is the basis for career success.More ...
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    Past and Future of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

    Ellen Tise served as president of the IFLA till 2011. Ingrid Parent succeeded her in August 2011. Goethe.de spoke with both about the association's past and future.More ...
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    Unheard Stories: Buchkinder

    Buchkinder Leipzig (i.e. Leipzig book children) is an island for unheard stories – a concept which has now been adapted all over Germany.More ...
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    Learning to Love Reading – Literacy Work in Libraries

    One in seven adults in Germany cannot read or write properly. Libraries are now offering special programmes to promote literacy.More ...

    Library of the Year (Maktaba Award)

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    Kenyan Library of the Year Award 2014

    The Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association organized the 5th edition of the Maktaba AwardsMore ...
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    Kenyan Library of the Year Award 2013

    The Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association organized the 4th edition of the Maktaba AwardsMore ...

    Kenyan Library of the Year Award 2012

    Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association presented the Maktaba Award 2012 on 21st September in Nairobi.More ...

    Kenyan Library of the Year Award 2011

    The Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association presented the Maktaba Award 2011 on 16th September in Nairobi.More ...
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    Kenyan Library of the Year Award 2010

    The Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association presented the Maktaba Award for the first time in September 2010.More ...

    Elimu Asilia: Documenting Kenya's indigenous knowledge online

    Indigneous knowledge in Kenya has been passed down from one generation to another by word of mouth. the National Museums of Kenya and the Alumni Denkfabrik (think tank) of the Goethe-Institut Kenya have teamed up on a project to collect, document and disseminate this knowledge. The knowledge collected so far can be accessed from the website "Elimu Asilia".

    Libraries in Germany

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