Accepted Paper:

Bridging the knowledge gap-west versus developing countries  

Author:

Paul Nchoji Nkwi (Catholic University of Cameroon)

Paper short abstract:

The sharing of knowledge has progressively improved. Technologies in the west are making it possible to share knowledge between universities in developing and developed countries. Knowledge is part of human patrimony and as such should constitute a value for all humans.

Paper long abstract:

The library and access to knowledge is central to a university. Yet, in developing countries, universities may not have a library and face challenges in building a functional library. With the Internet, physical libraries are becoming obsolete in developing countries. The sharing of knowledge has progressively improved. Technologies in the west are making it possible to link up university libraries and individuals around the world. The e-library and e-learning facilities in the west are becoming routine while developing countries lag behind. Knowledge is part of human patrimony and as such should constitute a value for all humans. Countries across the global South must meet these challenges if they are to contribute as equal partners to the massive knowledge sharing now in progress. This paper will provide the current status of libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the barriers faced by developing countries in the global South to catch up with the cyber optic revolution. Being connected to universities around the world will facilitate education and development in developing countries.

Panel WIM-GF03
Global collaborative knowledge exchange: e-learning and e-library [IUAES Commission on Documentation]