Twinning as a route to resource sharing
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This paper describes the resource sharing activities between the veterinary libraries at Makerere University (MU), Kampala, Uganda and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A. The impact of often well-intended donation programs on a library in [a] developing country setting is examined through the approaches each party took to participate in the twinning arrangement. In this particular program, UIUC veterinary library puts a heavy emphasis on the supply of excess journals and books selected under a well-defined and coordinated collection development plan. Another focused area is the training of librarians at MU, especially on the management and utilization of library resources. Technical training of the library staff in basic computer operations as well as electronic information access and management is denoted as being particularly vital to the recovery of the veterinary library at MU. A review of literature reveals a number of assistance programs particularly targeted to facilitate worldwide availability of scientific information. As aid is sought and received from various sources, the challenge is how to coordinate these activities so that redundancy and waste will be avoided by both parties. It is hoped that the experience shared through this paper [will] be helpful in bringing about other twinning arrangements among the veterinary libraries in the world.