Government has installed digitalised libraries in all the ten provinces across the country in order to raise the reading and literacy levels in the country.
Education Minister, John Phiri, says the digitalisation was installed using e-granary in all provincial libraries, colleges and provincial resource centres.
Dr Phiri says the installation of e-granary was done with support from the Flemmish Association for Technical Cooperation and Development Assistance that was working closely with his ministry.
He disclosed that the same facilities will be installed in district resource centres and will be extended to the school libraries and tertiary institutions.
The minister said this in Mongu today when he launched the Library Week. The Library Week has begun today ends on Friday, October, ends on October 18 under the theme ‘libraries in a changing environment’ and various activities have been lined up for the week.
The e-granary facility enables one to have access to a wide range of electronic resources up to 50 million websites even where there is no internet connectivity.
Dr Phiri said in order to improve the operations of the libraries in the country, his ministry is working with the national library and information policy and school college library manual besides deploying qualified personnel, provision of modern books and rehabilitating dilapidated libraries in the country.
And speaking earlier, Mongu Chief Librarian, Mary Maamba, expressed hope that the reading culture among members of the public including school pupils, college and university students would now increase following the digitalised libraries at the provincial town.
Ms Maamba disclosed that readers who visit the library stand at 75 on a daily basis.
Library and Information Association of Zambia President, Velenasi Munsanje, appealed to government to come up with the legal framework to back library services in the country.
Ms Munsanje said her association has come up with a draft bill for on-ward consideration to Cabinet on regulating libraries.
The official launch of Library Week was attended by Western Province Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga, Provincial Education Officer, Muyangwa Kamutumwa, Mongu District Commissioner, Maurice Litula, senior government officials, school head teachers, pupils and students including parents and members of the community.