Volume 20, Number 1 January 2000
On the road again: presenting the Cybermobile to the world
by John Drumm & Frank Groom
Discusses the progress made on mobile library services, a concept
referred to as the Cybermobile. Says any approach to mobile library
services must take local conditions into account. Cites one example
of an imaginative approach to overcoming the problems of time and
distance from traditional library resources - the Camelmobile.
Explains that Dr. S.K. Ng'ang described his attempt to bring
literacy, education, and books to the nomadic population of northern
Kenya on the backs of a set of roving camels. Describes other
innovative approaches, such as those in Thailand and Australia. Says
that Brian Hamilton, a Cybermobile coordinator, worked as the
library liaison with a variety of community groups in putting the
concept to work by teaching classes, which he describes as anything
but dull. Expresses confidence that librarians will continue to be
innovators, adapting new and old services to local conditions.
Includes three photos and three graphs.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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