Vodacom announced the successful implementation of Phase 1 of a libraries project for internet connectivity across three provinces – North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. When completed, almost 300 community libraries will be connected using VSAT and Vodacom ADSL services.
The National Department of Arts and Culture multi- million Rand project is managed and driven by the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and is being successfully implemented due to tight co-operation and communication between the service provider and Provincial Libraries.
“This project started when we were implementing the SITA/ NLSA open source Library Information Management System (LIMS) “, says Lesiba Ledwaba, CIO National Library of South Africa and head of project. “There’s a need for all our libraries countrywide to communicate with each other and have access to one another’s collections. Before the roll-out of LIMS, it was noted that there were many libraries without connectivity, so connectivity for LIMS became a priority.
“The next logical step was to extend internet connectivity services to local communities. With so many schools, especially those in rural areas, without libraries or connectivity of their own, it became clear we could really start to make a difference in the education and life-style of these rural communities. We started with the rural areas first, and have also ensured all libraries have ‘reasonable’ internet capacity,” said Ledwaba.
Source: CSR Africa.Net – 27 Jan 2012