The Fourth CERN-UNESCO School on Digital Libraries at Kumasi, Ghana

Milcah Gikunju and Felix Rop from University of Nairobi Library Participated in the fourth CERN-UNESCO School on digital libraries that took place at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi, Ghana. The School  aimed to establish the scientific presence of Africa on the internet.

The one week forum was organised by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Prempeh II Library of the KNUST. The School was held from 28th November to 2nd December 2016.

At the opening ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Kwesi Obiri Danso, in a speech read on his behalf, underscored the importance of digital libraries saying “our institutions hold various collections, derived from teaching and research, held in various formats that could benefit our students if made digitally accessible.”

The issue of digitization of African content was emphasized as a way of trying to bridge digital divide.