Implementing AVLIN : reflections on potential barriers and possible solutions
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Chisenga, Justin;
United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Implementation of the African Virtual Library and Information Network (AVLIN) is about to start. A lot of resources are going to be invested on AVLIN by organizations and individuals to ensure that the project succeeds. AVLIN will provide access to development information and also serve as a hub for the exchange of knowledge and information among researchers and policy makers on the continent. The successful implementation of AVLIN will indeed bring a lot of benefits to decision makers, researchers and other information end-users on the continent. However, it should be noted that implementation of AVLIN on the African continent is likely to encounter a number of barriers. Some of these, like the shortage of finances and relevant technical competencies and skills in participant institutions were highlighted in the AVLIN concept paper (UNECA 2001). Now that the project is about to start, it is very important to reflect on the potential barriers to the successful implementation of AVLIN on the continent, and where possible, examine the possible solutions.