The Sixth Scientific Conference On TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FOR DEVELOPMENT, Khartoum, 8-10 April 2003: Establishing Basic Levels of Technology Transfer for :Sudan Documentation and Library Services:Challenges and Opportunities /By: Rafaa Ashamallah Ghobrial||
5-3. Progress in IT Application in Sudan: Though the pace of IT application in Sudanese libraries has not been encouraging, concerted effort is being made all over Sudan to implement the technology. A significant number of the notable libraries especially NCR-DIC and over 12 academic and special libraries have implemented IT to varying degrees. Many more plan to automate their services in the near future. The rate of library automation in Sudan is still relatively very low, considering that the country has over 500 libraries. However, the success recorded by the few that have automated their services is expected to motivate others to apply IT in the near future.
A questionnaire was sent to fifteen university libraries, two research centers and one to the British Council, which were thought to have implemented automated systems in their libraries. Thirteen copies of the questionnaire were completed and returned. Most of these libraries were computerized part of their functions. The study also reported a limited use of CD-ROM technology and various Internet databases in the libraries. Also this study shows that libraries that have implemented IT. Consciousness of all the Sudan information institution, the need for IT application in library information management was also found to be very high. There is no doubt that the momentum will be sustained in the coming decade.