Enabling legislation for access to information in Cameroon and the role of libraries and librarians

SHAFACK, Rosemary M. (2015) Enabling legislation for access to information in Cameroon and the role of libraries and librarians. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa in Session 114 - Library and Research Services for Parliaments Law Libraries and Africa.

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Abstract

Enabling legislation for access to information in Cameroon and the role of libraries and librarians

This paper examines the legislation in force in Cameroon that enables access to information of different types and forms by looking at the strength and shortcomings. In writing this paper, the role of the Library and Information Sector(LIS) has been highlighted with respect to how it can enhance legislation relating to access to information. In the paper, it is evident that legislation is a driving force in accessing information. The survey method with questionnaire, interview schedule and document analysis constituting the main data collecting instruments was used. The sampling technique used to select the samples for study was the purposive sampling technique. The simple descriptive statistical method of using mean scores and percentages was used to analysis data collected for the study. The research questions that guided the study include: What legislation exist in the country relating to access to information? How fluid is the implementation of existing legislation? What are the constraints of using the legislation in force? What role does the LIS sector play with respect to the legislation relating to access to information in Cameroon? What is the way forward and are there any hopes? Based on findings from the study, some recommendations were proffered.

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