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DERCO joins all women to celebrate the International Women's Day 2020

Every year, International Women's Day is celebrated across the world on March 8. This year, Women's Day is celebrated on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The day marks a respect and honours the rights of women and celebrates their contribution to our society.

The International Women's Day 2020 comes with the Theme, “An equal world is an enabled world”. And on this, Librarians can do our bit to bring about gender equality.

Libraries have long stood for equal and equitable access to information and knowledge. Such access is a key to empowerment and the opportunity to improve one’s livelihood. That is why, by contributing their knowledge and efforts, libraries can help deliver on many aspects of women’s empowerment that access to information facilitates.

To support the IWD 2020 Theme, The Department of Reference and community Information Services of the Sokoine National Agricultural Library will continue to serve its patrons with regards to The 5 Laws of Library Science proposed by S. R. Ranganathan in 1931, detailing the principles of operating a library system, specifically the Second Law: Every Reader His/Her Book and the Third Law: Every Book Its Reader which emphasize equality in provision of information services.


    The second law of library science is "Every Reader His / Her Book". This law implies that the "books are for use of all" or "books for all." This law stresses on the democratization of the library where every reader has the equal right to get the book of his / her interest. The law fixes some responsibilities or obligations of the state, the library authority, the library staff, and the readers. A library should serve all patrons, no matter their gender, age, race, or economic status.


    The Third Law prescribes Every Book its Reader. The emphasis is on the book. This law desires that every book in a library must find its reader. It implies that there should be maximum use of books by their users both women and men.

    This principle is closely related to the second law, but it focuses on the item itself, suggesting that each item in a library has an individual or individuals who would find that item useful. It is a duty of the library to devise many methods to ensure that each item finds its appropriate reader. This means a library's books/resources have a place in the library even if a smaller demographic might choose to read it.

DERCO and all its staff wish all women a happy International Women's Day.

WomenDERCO staff in a group photo during the cerebration of International Women's Day in Morogoro.



An equal world is an enabled world.
#IWD2020  #EachforEqual

Fake News amid COVID-19 outbreak

The increase of fake news predicts great danger in curbing panic and misinformation. At this time of COVID-19 outbreak in the world and specifically in Africa many websites publish unfounded information to gain traffic to their sites. In this kind of situation, libraries should intensify information literacy tutorials to guide people.

It is now the role of librarians to expose and reduce fake news as soon as possible and encourage the sharing of information that are only from verifiable/reliable sources. In this regard, The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has made a guide on how to spot a fake news which should be widely shared and explained. See it below.

fake newsSource: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions(2020).

The IFLA's guide and infographic on how to spot fake news can be found through (https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174)



DERCO Staff Participates in Tanzania Library Association Professional Workshop

The Tanzania Library Association has conducted a professional workshop on the theme "The role of Library and Information Services in Promoting Authorship, Publishing and Reading Culture in the Digital Age", and held its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 26th -28 February 2020 in Kigoma.

The librarians and library stakeholders from different institutions in Tanzania attended the professional workshop.

TLA1Mr. Mustapha A. Sultani from DERCO presenting on the Social Media tools for marketing library services.


Find your book in the library

Books can be located in any of our campus (Main campus SMC). When you search the catalogue, you will see the location along with call number in the result screen. Note the location along with the call number then go to the shelf.
Not sure how to find a book on the shelf?
Librarians will always be happy to help you find a book. If you see librarians in the stacks or at the reference desk, do not hesitate to ask them to show you where a book is located.
rsz ask
Book missing from the shelf? 

Request  a librarian to search for the item for you.

Requestable collections
Some books are not held on open shelves and must be requested from the following locations:
i. Special reserve

You must request items on reserve at the circulation desk.

ii. Special collection

Items must be used in the special collection reading spaces only.

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