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Die bydrae van die Randfonteinse Openbare Biblioteek tot die Heropbou- en Ontwikkelingsprogram

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. M. Bester en_US
dc.contributor.author Van der Westhuizen, Ethel Helmine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-20T12:18:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-20T12:18:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-20
dc.date.submitted 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6281
dc.description M.Inf. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) is an integrated, coherent socioeconomic policy framework that seeks to mobilise all people and resources towards the final eradication of apartheid and the building of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist future. It is clearly indicated in this policy document that the government is serious about the delivery of services to all people in South Africa. However, mention of library services is made only casually in the document, with libraries and information never being referred to in the same context. Information workers generally are nevertheless convinced that there are many areas in which library and information services can make a significant contribution to the success of the RDP. The purpose of the study was to determine whether the public library, with specific reference to the Randfontein Public Library, can make a contribution to the success of the RDP of South Africa. Data collection methods used included a study of literature and personal interviews with role players. During the analysis phase a brief overview was given of the South African history. The influence of this on the development of public libraries was researched, with special emphasis on the impact of the historical policy of separate development on libraries. It was found that, in the pre democratic era (before the 1994 elections), the Randfontein Public Library had indeed been influenced by apartheid laws, which resulted in inferior library services being provided to the previously disadvantaged groups in Randfontein. A chronological description of the transformation process within the library and information profession, including the guidelines of the national policy document, was given. It was found that information workers generally were aware of their responsibility towards the development of the previously disadvantaged groups, but that they lacked implementation guidelines. A demographic analysis of the Randfontein Magisterial District and a situation analysis of current Randfontein Public Library services were made to determine whether it was possible to make a contribution to the RDP. To determine the services that should be rendered by the Randfontein Public Library typical public library objectives in relation to RDP objectives were investigated. Both sets of objectives place high priority on development and therefore it was concluded that specific functions were to be performed to reach the identified development objectives. A distinction was made between primary and secondary functions. For the purpose of this study primary functions were defined as those performed to contribute towards RDP objectives, while secondary functions were deemed as those complementing the afore mentioned. In conclusion it was found that the Randfontein Public Library can make a contribution towards the actualisation of the RDP through prioritising primary functions and establishing links with organisations and individuals in the Randfontein community. en_US
dc.language.iso afr en_US
dc.subject Randfontein Public Library - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Reconstruction and Development Programme (South Africa) en_US
dc.subject Public libraries - South Africa - History en_US
dc.subject Public libraries - South Africa - Aims and objectives en_US
dc.subject Public libraries - South Africa - Services for blacks en_US
dc.title Die bydrae van die Randfonteinse Openbare Biblioteek tot die Heropbou- en Ontwikkelingsprogram en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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