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Volume 34, Issue 3, 2016
Source: Mousaion 34, pp 1 –22 (2016)More Less
This study sought to assess electronic records (e-records) readiness at the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs (MLHA), Gaborone, Botswana, within the purview of the implementation of an e-records management solution – the National Archives and Records Management System (NARMS). The assessment was done using tenets derived from the existing International Records Management Trust (IRMT) E-records Readiness Tool. The assessment examined the national legal and policy framework, compliance with policies, standards, tools, procedures and responsibilities for records management, e-records management products and technologies, resource capacity and training for records management staff, internal awareness of records management programme and the level of management ownership on e-records management. The study largely adopted a qualitative approach, but used methodological triangulation of both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, with a case study research design. Data was collected through semi-structured questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and observations. Respondents comprised records management staff, action officers (records users) and an Information Technology (IT) Manager. The study findings revealed that the level of e-records readiness at the MLHA included: inadequate legal and regulatory framework; average adherence to records management procedures, tools and standards; low awareness among staff of the records management programme and the national regulatory framework and on the NARMS pilot project; limited space for records management; slow progress in the implementation of NARMS and low capacity building as records management staff is rarely taken for training. The study also revealed that opportunities for increasing the depth of e-records readiness exist, such as: availability of financial resources for the NARMS pilot project; adequate Information Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure and high management commitment on the E-Records Management (NARMS pilot project). The study recommends: improvement of the national legal and policy framework by development of an e-records policy; development of a records management policy to provide an internal records management framework; regular training for records management staff, especially on e-records; regular internal records management awareness; and assigning senior management high-level responsibility for organisation-wide records and information management.
Source: Mousaion 34, pp 23 –35 (2016)More Less
The Anglican Diocese of Natal in South Africa (hereafter the Diocese) is part of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. It covers the western part of the KwaZulu-Natal province, west and south of the Tugela and Buffalo rivers. The Episcopal leader of the Diocese is the Bishop of Natal. This study aimed to examine the current records management framework at the Archives of the Anglican Diocese of Natal (hereafter the Archives), especially with regard torecords relating to indigenous laity within the Diocese. The study identified the strengths and weaknesses of this framework and recommends an effective and efficient records management protocol for the future. The study was based on a literature review and the personal experiences and observations of one of the researchers who worked at the Diocese at the time of the study. The study concludes that the Diocese does not have a clear records management programme to deliberately guide the management of indigenous related records. It recommends the need to embrace information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other innovative changes in in order to create an enabling environment to facilitate records location, accessibility, retrieval and the timely utilisation of information.
Research collaboration among Library and Information Science schools in South Africa (1991 – 2012) : an informetrics studySource: Mousaion 34, pp 36 –59 (2016)More Less
This study sought to assess the extent of research collaboration in Library and Information Science (LIS) schools in South Africa between 1991 and 2012. Informetric research techniques were used to obtain relevant data for the study. The data was extracted from two EBSCO-hosted databases, namely, Library and Information Science Source (LISS) and Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA). The search was limited to scholarly peer reviewed articles published between 1991 and 2012. The data was analysedusing Microsoft Excel ©2010 and UCINET for Windows ©2002 software packages. The findings revealed that research collaboration in LIS schools in South Africa has increased over the past two decades and mainly occurred between colleagues from the same department and institution; there were also collaborative activities at other levels, such as inter-institutional and inter-country, although to a limited extent; differences were noticeable when ranking authors according to different computations of their collaborative contributions; and educator-practitioner collaboration was rare. Several conclusions and recommendations based on the findings are offered in the article.
(Re)thinking and (re)positioning library programmes and services in public high schools in Limpopo Province, South AfricaAuthor Maredi Samuel MojapeloSource: Mousaion 34, pp 60 –88 (2016)More Less
Well-designed and well-planned library school programmes and services are essential to improve the development of reading and information literacy skills, particularly of the learners, which are crucial for the acquisition of life-long learning and independent study and accessing skills. However, because of inadequate and inefficient school library services in most South African schools, teachers and learners are deprived of opportunities to benefit and practically learn library programmes essential for the acquisition of knowledge, skills, competencies, values and orientations. They are also denied fundamental library services due to them. Based on one part of the research project which investigated the resource provision in public high schools in Limpopo province, South Africa, the purpose of this article is to investigate the programmes and services offered by the different library facilities in public high schools in Limpopo province. Although the study took a largely quantitative research design, it was mixed with qualitative data collection methods. Self-administered questionnaires were used to collect quantitative data from the principals or teacher-librarians, while an interview schedule was used to collect qualitative data from the education officials through face-to-face interviews. The findings established that owing to lack of functional libraries in most schools, there are very few schools offering library services and programmes. The study recommends that the national Department of Basic Education (DBE) should ensure that a school library policy with clearly defined library programmes and services is formulated, approved and implemented as a matter of urgency.
Author Paul A. LaughtonSource: Mousaion 34, pp 89 –103 (2016)More Less
The objective of this research was to determine whether students would benefit from the incorporation of a teaching method known as peer instruction with clickers in first year information management classes at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Quantitative data was collected from selected classes over a period of two years. An attempt was made to confirm whether the benefits from using peer instruction with clickers recorded in previous studies were applicable to the subject of information management. Half of the selected classes used peer instruction as a teaching method, while the remaining half used a conventional face-to-face, one-to-many teaching method. Clickers were used to collect data from all classes, enabling a comparison of the two teaching methods. The different teaching methods applied revealed varying responses from the students, which also revealed different results in their class test scores. This quantitative data may potentially prove some benefits of using peer instruction with clickers to teach information management.
Building the South African nation through legal deposit in times of rapid climate change : the structural design of the Msunduzi Municipal LibraryAuthor Zawedde NsibirwaSource: Mousaion 34, pp 104 –122 (2016)More Less
This article examines the structural design of a legal depository as the building is the cultural materials’ main line of defence against drastic changes in climate. A conceptual framework using the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) International Standard (11799:2003) for ‘Information and documentation – Document storage requirements for archive and library materials’, and the Society of American Archivists (SAA 2008) ‘Guidelines for archivists, librarians, architects, and engineers’ were used to examine the different building facets of the Msunduzi Municipal Library, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Using a threephased approach, quantitative and qualitative methods and tools were used to collect data over a period of time. As a way forward, the study recommends the adaption of various elements of the building in order to moderate and prevent further damage of the building and the documentary heritage.
Trends in knowledge production and generation in the agricultural sector : perspectives of Nigerian agricultural research institutesAuthor Kabiru Dahiru AbbasSource: Mousaion 34, pp 123 –145 (2016)More Less
This article is based on a study that investigated the phenomenon of knowledge production and generation in the agricultural sector, with particular focus on Nigerian agricultural research institutes (ARIs). Qualitative and quantitative approaches known as mixed methods research were used through a survey design to collect data from the population of research scientists and directors of the ARIs. The findings showed that the knowledge produced by the institutes included: genetic improvement of varieties of crops; crop production, breeding, weed control, value-addition techniques, fertility of soil and mechanisation; crop improvement and management practices; generation of agricultural technologies and management practices; pest management, agronomic practices and improved seeds; and fish production and management practices. The study found that generation of explicit knowledge and tacit knowledge was high in the institutes. The research implications of the study are to stimulate Nigeria to become self-sufficient in feeding its own people by investing in the agricultural knowledge production to drive research and innovation in the sector since knowledge production is a critical tool in innovation, and research and development (R&D). The social implications of the study are to provide a deeper understanding of various phenomena pertaining to knowledge production and generation in the agricultural sector which could serve as a basis for reevaluation, re-strategising and re-focusing knowledge management practices in the institutes. The originality of the study lies in its ability to investigate how concepts and variables from various theories/models played out in the context of Nigerian ARIs. The study contributes to policy, theory, practice and society.
Source: Mousaion 34, pp 146 –166 (2016)More Less
This article presents part of the results of a study that was undertaken between April and September 2014 to investigate records management practices in the Kenyan judiciary with a view to promoting transformation and facilitation of open government for effective and efficient justice delivery. The following research questions were addressed: ‘How are records created, accessed and used, stored and maintained, appraised and disposed of, and preserved?’; ‘What records management policies, plans and guidelines are available?’; ‘What skills and competencies do the records management staff have?’; ‘What is the level of awareness and attitude of staff towards sound records management practices?’; and ‘What records management strategies is the Kenyan judiciary using to achieve openness?’ The population of the study comprised court registrars, deputy registrars, records officers, registry assistants, judges and magistrates in the high court and magistrates’ courts in Nairobi and Uasin Gishu counties. The findings of the study revealed that although records management had been improved in the Kenyan judiciary, records were not managed well in a continuum from creation to disposition. Furthermore, there were no records management policies and well trained records officers were inadequate. Besides, though records were recognised as pivotal in the administration of justice, records management was not fully supported by top management. It is recommended that, among other things, records management in the judiciary should be improved by putting in place records management policies; building records management capacity; securing top management support; and using the open government implementation model to promote best practices.