Culture Fund bankrolls NAGZ library automation
The following article was originally published inÂ News Day
21 May 2015
Written by Kudzayi Zvinavashe
The long-standing partnership between the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe (NAGZ) and Culture Fund has proved to be fruitful after the later facilitated the automation of the gallery with state-of-the-art equipment worth over $10 600.
Speaking at the handover ceremony held on Tuesday, NAGZ chief curator Raphael Chikukwa applauded the partnership.
â€œThe public is welcome to use the facility. The gallery is still undergoing renovations and we will be painting the library soon,â€ Chikukwa said.
â€œSome of the equipment we have acquired using the funds from our partners (Culture Fund) includes a copier, scanner and several desktop computers that can be used for research purposes by members of the public and the artists.â€
Speaking to NewsDay on the sidelines of the handover ceremony, NAGZ librarian Joseph Fushayi said many people would benefit from the automation of the library.
â€œWe will soon have an online catalogue that will enable people who intend to visit our library to know what books we have without visiting the gallery,â€ Fushayi said.
â€œArtists and members of the public are welcome to use our Internet free of charge for research purposes, but soon we may have to charge a nominal fee that will act as a way of regulation measure.â€
Culture Fund executive director Farai Mpfunya said the automation of the library was a major step for the library, but said there was still more to be done at the gallery