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Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Volume 2014, Issue 49, 2014
Volume 2014, Issue 49, 2014
Source: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2014, pp 1 –2 (2014)More Less
This is an open issue of Innovation with six articles that are in line with the ethos of the journal and provide current insights in the field of library and information work in Africa. The issue consists of articles in the field of knowledge management, cultural heritage, accessibility of e-information as well as information needs and information seeking behaviour.
Author Madeline C. FombadSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2014, pp 3 –30 (2014)More Less
This article investigates the knowledge acquisition and sharing processes in law firms in Botswana. It also examines the barriers to the knowledge management processes and suggests innovative ways in which these processes may be enhanced. The findings from a survey and qualitative study of 217 law firms in Botswana revealed that improvement in leadership, people related issues, culture, management style, structure, reward systems and information technology will enhance the knowledge management processes in these firms. The article recommends an innovative and integrated knowledge management process in law firms in Botswana and creates an awareness of knowledge management processes in small professional service firms.
Source: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2014, pp 31 –52 (2014)More Less
The study assessed the effectiveness of knowledge sharing strategies to capture knowledge in the institution's knowledge assets at the National Archives of Zimbabwe (NAZ). The study was conceived against a background of performance gaps experienced by NAZ as a result of the loss of experienced members from the service. A survey research design was used on a purposively selected sample of 26 respondents. It was established that due to attrition knowledge is lost when experienced members leave service without sharing what they know with junior and new members. Consequently it was recommended that NAZ develops a knowledge sharing policy to ensure that knowledge is shared, captured and retained within the organisation. Thus it was concluded that effective knowledge sharing strategies are the basis for the capture, retention and exchange of critical job knowledge.
Author Zawedde NsibirwaSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2014, pp 53 –72 (2014)More Less
The preservation and access of our cultural heritage is dependent on an appropriate legislative framework and implementation of the law. This paper briefly examines the history of legal deposit and then critiques the South African Legal Deposit Act 54 of 1997, 20 years after it was enacted by the South African Parliament. This paper identifies the various aspects of the Act that have been implemented as well as the gaps that may have created various challenges affecting the present situation concerning activities and strategies used to preserve and access legal deposit materials in South Africa. A review of the literature and a survey of legal depositories conducted in 2012 found that depositories lack policies to help implement legislation. Implementation requires appropriate legislation together with policies, regulations, guidelines and fully functional processes. A comparison of the Legal Deposit Act 2003 of the United Kingdom and the South African Legal Deposit Act was undertaken to see whether certain aspects of legislation can be adapted from the United Kingdom since policy issues, gaps and challenges have been identified.
Factors that influence accessibility of electronic information resources at some universities in EthiopiaSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2014, pp 73 –89 (2014)More Less
Access to electronic information (e-information) resources in higher-learning institutions (HLIs) in Ethiopia is on the rise (Mammo 2013). However, limited knowledge exists regarding the accessibility of these resources. The purpose of this predominantly quantitative study was to identify factors that may influence accessibility of e-information resources in some academic institutions in Ethiopia. Access to e-information has the possibility of improving the quality of research, teaching and community engagement in HLIs in Ethiopia. Data was obtained through the triangulation of research methods. It was found that there were various factors that influenced accessibility of e-information resources. The study made a number of recommendations to enhance the accessibility of e-information resources.
Author Adeline S.A. Du ToitSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2014, pp 90 –103 (2014)More Less
This article reports on empirical results of the views of South African knowledge workers on how future changes in the knowledge economy will affect them. Respondents were asked to identify and prioritise trends in the knowledge economy for 2014 and 2019. The results highlight trends such as more sophisticated information or communication technology, growth of mobile business, greater concerns about the confidentiality of personal information, increased national/international competition, harnessing knowledge management and intellectual capital and globalisation of the economy. It concluded that the knowledge economy has created numerous opportunities and challenges for knowledge workers leading to changes in the nature of work.
Information needs and information seeking patterns of indigenous women in the Anglican Diocese of Natal : the case of the Diocese of Natal ArchivesSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2014, pp 104 –123 (2014)More Less
Indigenous women constitute the greater percentage of the laity in the Anglican Diocese of Natal. Women are versatile, active and visibly participate in different spheres of the church such as the choir, women guilds, lay ministry and local church leadership. However, this active engagement is largely constrained by lack of information on a plethora of issues the women encounter on a daily basis. These issues include: their own spirituality, income generating activities, healthcare matters, illiteracy, early marriages, domestic violence, the HIV/Aids pandemic, rape, violent crime, poverty and ignorance. This study examined the information needs and information seeking behaviour of these women with reference to the Diocese of Natal Archives and other information sources within the Diocese. Questionnaires and oral interviews were used for data collection. The analysis reveals varying information needs, sources, channels and seeking behaviour. Barriers to information needs are identified and suggestions on how to tackle them are provided.