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Oral history interview with Rookaya Bawa [electronic resource], 2011.

Creator: Bawa, Rookaya
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 3.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 33 pages. + index. sound recording : 1 digital audio file (55 min.).
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Program Officer with Higher Education and Libraries in Africa and Manager of African Libraries Project, International Program.

Scope and Contents

Early life in South Africa; marriage at age sixteen; one of ten people of color allowed to go to a white university; graduate education in England; member of black faculty at South Africa universities; work in libraries for South African Department of Education; mother of two girls; hired by Carnegie to develop a model library program in Africa; work in the field in Africa; importance of technology to African libraries; utilizing partnerships with local governments to ensure completion and sustainability of libraries; the library as safe space; development of library collections; inefficacy of mobile libraries; building of inter-library research commons; methods of activating interest in public libraries; choosing which libraries to work with; training public librarians; digitization of collections; benefits to philanthropy of hiring specialists or generalists; leadership of and disagreements with Vartan Gregorian; return to South Africa to care for ill daughter; future position as executive director of the academic library at University of Johannesburg; impressions of New York City; continuing role as consultant for Carnegie.


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