Calls for more African literature to be made available in JHB libraries
The Auwal Research Institute says 50 percent of African literature must be offered in libraries.
JOHANNESBURG - The Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute is pushing for more African literature to be made available in Johannesburg libraries in its attempts to have council adopt a new set of by-laws before the next municipal elections.
In an unprecedented move, the organisation is currently getting signatures in order to lobby council to consider adopting both its petition and library by-laws.
The NGO has detailed its proposed legislation in an online petition that will see to it that 50 percent of library materials are African.
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It has also requested the following reforms be adopted:
- Each library should have a Community Library Forum
- The City of Johannesburg libraries must have a stand-alone website with online catalogue
- A library in every ward that meets minimum standards, to overcome the apartheid legacy
- E-book borrowing facilities
- Five percent of city budget going to libraries
Executive director Muhammad Cajee says "This isn't new government policy; in 2012, former Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile said that there should be a library in every ward so that is not new."
Cajee says there is a team on the ground which has gathered just over 2,000 signatures so far.
The petition will be handed over to the city next week.