n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Staff education and the preservation of legal deposit materials in South Africa




This article investigates what policies and procedures are used, as well as the role of staff education in the preservation of legal deposit in South Africa, with a view to establishing challenges faced and proposing appropriate recommendations. Professional library staff, drawn from four legal deposit libraries and three official publication depositories were surveyed. It was found that none of the respondents had training in the field of preservation/archival management. One of the main challenges was that budgets covered only legal deposit staff salaries and not preservation activities. Preservation activities are thus hindered which in turn affects development, as poor or no preservation management results in a lack of access to accurate and relevant information.


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