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4 September, 2019

Dear Charles and Amelia I have always enjoyed reading your postings because they seek to provide practical solutions to our African setting, however, publishing a book or a journal is very expensive because of the cost of prints and other logistical requirements relating to publishing. Equally publishing online and maintain databeses and websites power is another. You have made suggestions "tapping into fluid nascent knowldge...living literature" I would like to learn about this technology. We need appropriate techno. From library perspective the cost of subscriptions to the so called essential journals published by recommended publishing houses are impossible to contain. We have tried as a consortium, nothing is obtainable for small universties. I tried to push for membership to some of these information gateways like Hinari and others, my universty in meeting looked at me as if was mad to pay an annual subscription which was much higher than paying 3 professors. I therefore agree with Charles that better solutions fitting our pockets are a way forward. This should include even our colleagues who are prowestern in terms of medicine to support us. I say so because there is nothing for free, everyone needs money to remain in business.

HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. klchanda AT gmail.com