“Without Libraries, a Nation Dies”

Libraries across the African continent as well as the entire globe are battling because funding have been reduced. As they struggle with funding, other service providers are getting more than what they are supposed to get. The reason is, apparently, that they are more essential to humanity than ever before. Whatever reason you may think of, this is not right. Continue reading


Employee Mass Exodus

I left my work because I was not recognised


Every year, the public service institutions and private sector companies lose hundreds – if not thousands – employees due to certain factors. In Namibia, a huge number of employees exit the public sector in search of greener pastures in the private sectors. A newspaper article “Over 3 800 leave govt. jobs: brain drain has hit hard since last April” by Elvis Muraranganda of the Namibian Sun stated that “government offices, ministries and agencies are experiencing a massive staff turnover due to resignation, job dissatisfaction and dismissal, among other reasons” (2013, p.1). The question is, perhaps, ‘how can an organisation return and attract employees?’ Continue reading

“Violence Against Library Materials”

OPUS Library picture with OPUS Special Collect...

OPUS Library picture with OPUS Special Collections Librarian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was a quiet afternoon when all of a sudden the alarm went off. All eyes were fixed on two Grade 10 learners who looked surprised, but not worried. The girls were called to the Reference Desk for a quick search. Everything was OK — no library material was in their possession — and so they were told to proceed…. Continue reading

Legal Deposit

Every time, when users (who are mostly students) are doing their research at the library and cannot find what they are looking for, I tell them to bring their research papers to the library when they are done writing. Surprisingly, they tell me: “No way! I suffered enough for this paper”. What they do not realise is that they are allowing the cycle of ‘information or knowledge drought’ to continue. Continue reading

Libraries: how they Nurture Children

In operant conditioning, subjects (school learners in this case) learn by doing something, they can get a specific result that they desire. If they act in a certain way (i.e. ‘operate’ in some way on their environment), they are either rewarded or punished. The behaviour is reinforced (has a greater probability of being repeated), if it is rewarded. The behaviour is decreased or diminished (has a lower probability of being repeated), if it is punished (Louw & Edwards: 2005, p. 237)1. Continue reading

Theft of Library Materials

Theft of library materials, along with vandalism – tearing out pages, writing or underlining, and other behaviours that will wear out books or any other library material – is a criminal offense and deprives other citizens of valuable information resources, as well as draining the library and the country’s knowledge base. This has become a daily practice at the National Library of Namibia, and steps must be taken to reduce the incidence. Individuals should have a sense of ownership for public property – it is not only them who use the materials but also the generations to come. Continue reading