The National Library of Namibia will be selecting materials published from 2005 to 2010.
We are focusing on replacing old and out-dated materials with new editions. The other dimension has been through the encouragement we give to people to create knowledge through research writing and making available copies of such researches.
We intend to fill the missing gaps in our collection. By updating our collection, we will fulfill the mandate of “co-ordinate and supplement the acquisition, exchange, disposal or retention of any library material to ensure an adequate national library resource”, which is outlined in Section 5: 2(b) of the Act.
We are also trying to educate people that books are not the only sources of information.
Davenport & Prusak (2000: p. 29) states that “…we are suited by temperament and our role as information guides to the task of making people-to-people as well as people-to text connections.”
Our great pioneers said we must turn libraries into the reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, and lakes of mental energy. This is what the National Library is doing, and Carl Sagan also illustrated it as connecting people “with the insight and knowledge,… of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.” Cosmos
Our influence of selecting books comes from the hourly contact with a constituency of readers, advising, helping and elevating their lives and exerting a far-reaching influence for good not to be exceeded in any profession open to women or to men.
In 1886, Melvil Dewey said: “In the library profession, the best work will always be done on the moral plane, where the librarian puts his work with as distinct as a minister or missionary and enters the profession and does the work because it is his duty or privilege. It is his vocation.”