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Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Volume 2011, Issue 43, 2011
Volume 2011, Issue 43, 2011
Author Peter LimbSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2011, pp 1 –2 (2011)More Less
Librarians and library scientists pride themselves on their networking abilities and knowledge of trends in the world of information. Yet ironically, across the Southern African region there is often little appreciation of the detail or significance of developments in neighbouring countries' libraries. In part, this relates to very uneven rates of technological development and available resources across the region, with accompanying vast disparities in internet connectivity and ownership of or access to library materials. It also reflects the varying rates of growth of libraries in different countries. To give just one recent example: the laying of fibre-optic cables in Malawi recently extended to the capital Lilongwe, but not the extra 30 kilometres to reach the campus of the University of Malawi's Bunda College of Agriculture and its library; the result was a temporary step backwards as connectivity actually decreased.
Visioning and strategising for the University of Namibia Library : planning the Library's facilities, services and resources for the aspired Library VisionSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2011, pp 3 –19 (2011)More Less
This paper discusses the on-going strategic planning process that has been undertaken at the University of Namibia (UNAM) Library through a series of exercises since 2007. It starts with a historical overview of the Namibian education system that provided the main reason for turning to strategic thinking in planning innovative library services that respond to the information needs of the Library's users. The authors then describe the analytical phase that informed the strategic planning process, and explain the steps followed in the strategic planning process. They detail the key strategic issues that were identified by Library staff as critical factors for the Library to fulfil its vision. The authors also outline the strategic objectives that emerged from the strategic planning process, and highlight the lessons learned from the planning process. From the lessons learned, they conclude that strategic planning is a useful management tool that can be successfully applied to plan and shape the future direction of an academic library.
Author Olugbade OladokunSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2011, pp 20 –38 (2011)More Less
This article describes and assesses the processes involved in the University of Botswana Library's decision to launch the Learning Commons (LC) project. These processes include the setting up of an exploratory committee on the LC, informational trips, the delineation of the location for the project, formulation of criteria for appointment of a manager, and developing management marketing and building staff capacity. The LC project is in line with the Library's goal to advance its services to improve the student experience and is in accord with the University's wider strategy for excellence. Hitherto unknown in most African university libraries, the Learning Commons is part of the bid of the University of Botswana to live up to its vision "to be a leading centre of academic excellence in Africa and the world". Despite some initial apprehensiveness and reluctance of staff, and backed by the determination and commitment of the University's Executive Management to ensure the success of the project, the identification of operational partners and their expression of willingness to cooperate and participate, marks a landmark toward the success of the project.
Author Geoffrey Francis SalanjeSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2011, pp 38 –49 (2011)More Less
Recently libraries in Malawi, notably at the University of Malawi, have begun to create the first digital library collections of local documents such as theses, reports, scientific papers, speeches by politicians, and materials on HIV AIDS, reproductive health, and gender issues. Most of these documents were originally in printed form, so the digitisation process started with scanning, then moved on to the creation of collections using open source software such as Greenstone, DSpace, Endnote and the Electronic Records and Management System. Activities around the creation of digital library collections in Malawi libraries started after some librarians attended workshops on the subject both within and outside the country. Major challenges to these projects include inadequate technical expertise and equipment, lack of OCR software, inappropriate copyright law, and the use of different content software resulting in the inability of institutions to exchange records. Moreover, these collections are not yet accessible on the internet. However, Malawi libraries are making strong efforts to resolve these challenges; some are acquiring appropriate equipment and software, the Malawi Copyright Act of 1989 is being revised to accommodate electronic documents, and librarians are gaining expertise through hands-on training.
Author Stephen M. MutulaSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2011, pp 50 –65 (2011)More Less
That the interdisciplinary nature of library and information studies (LIS) is well established is evident from the extensive amount of empirical and theoretical published literature, and from an examination of library and information studies curricula in both Africa and other parts of the world. There is, however, limited evidence of empirical or theoretical literature regarding LIS as an interdisciplinary field from the perspective of the developing world, particularly Africa. This does not imply lack of inter-disciplinary practice on the continent. On the contrary, a review of curricula offerings of some African LIS schools demonstrates an increasing practice of interdisciplinary offerings. Yet there does seem to be a disconnect between practice and research on the subject of LIS as an interdisciplinary field in Africa. This article therefore assesses the level of LIS interdisciplinary practice in Africa from the perspective of interdisciplinary and related concepts, the interdisciplinary nature of the LIS field models and motivations for interdisciplinary academic offerings, trends towards interdisciplinary LIS curricula, and challenges of interdisciplinary academic programmes. My ultimate purpose is to inform policy, theory and practice in the design and implementation of LIS interdisciplinary academic programmes in Africa.
Author Kondwani WellaSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2011, pp 66 –83 (2011)More Less
The Library Automation project in the University of Malawi is described and analysed in terms of the extent to which it used successful planning techniques. After outlining the background of University of Malawi libraries and general barriers to successful library automation in Africa, the paper examines the extent to which project management principles were followed in the planning and implementation of the library automation project at the University of Malawi. The article based on a masters study examines formal project planning, time planning, risk and resource management, feasibility studies and piloting of the project, and accurate costing of the project. It was found that whilst funding will remain a major factor affecting the automation of libraries in many parts of Africa, the situation is exacerbated by the ad hoc manner in which some projects are handled. Therefore, libraries should use project management principles when planning and implementing library automation projects and librarians should update their skills to include project management.