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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 68, Issue 1, 2002
Volume 68, Issue 1, 2002
Indigenous knowledge for the benefit of all : can knowledge management principles be used effectively?Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 1 –15 (2002)More Less
Indigenous knowledge is one form of knowledge; the other is scientific knowledge. Indigenous knowledge is local knowledge unique to a given culture or society. By its very nature, it is not generally viewed in the business sense as "capital". It has tended to be "exclusive", at times susceptible to suspicion and abuse. Knowledge management involves the processing and handling of intellectual capital within and between organisations and communities. It facilitates knowledge generation, sharing and reuse. This paper addresses the extent to which knowledge management methodologies and principles can be used to manage indigenous knowledge for the benefit of all.
Author Justin ChisengaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 16 –20 (2002)More Less
This paper argues that harnessing, repackaging and providing access to Africa's indigenous knowledge systems using the World Wide Web infrastructure will present the people of Africa with an opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of the information content on the Web. This will also ensure that information consumers in Africa will have access to information content produced on the continent. Problems associated with the documentation of indigenous knowledge are highlighted, and the role of information professionals on the continent in ensuring that Africa's indigenous knowledge systems are widely disseminated over the Web is briefly discussed.
Setting up an information resource centre and the management of indigenous knowledge at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research CentreAuthor Bright NkhataSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 21 –28 (2002)More Less
This paper discusses the setting up of an Information Resource Centre at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre of the University of Botswana. It systematically outlines activities involved in the creation of an organised collection of information that has accumulated over the years in order to provide access for researchers. The paper further points out the significance of the inclusion of indigenous knowledge sources in such an Information Resource Centre in its future development plans. It also explains how such indigenous knowledge will be captured and in what form; how it will be organised; how the knowledge sources will be stored; how electronic bibliographic databases will be created and managed, and how worldwide access of such information will be facilitated. Finally, the paper also highlights challenges and limitations to this endeavour and emphasises that such a task would best be achieved by a multi-disciplinary approach that would involve not only information professionals but also other professionals.
The African Renaissance and children's literature : is South African librarianship abdicating its role?Author Genevieve HartSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 29 –38 (2002)More Less
Traditionally, the library profession has taken a leadership role in the domain of children's literature - as part of its social mission. In apartheid South Africa, librarians were responsible for research units, for prestigious awards and for the professional competencies of children's librarians. In championing children's literature, librarians might contribute to the African Renaissance - the nation-building ideology being promoted in post-apartheid South Africa. The project that prompted this paper investigated the position of children's literature in the education of librarians within 15 universities and technikons. It found children's literature education to be in a precarious position with most of the historically advantaged institutions having dropped it. Those that retain children's literature modules have inadequate resources. The apparent low priority given to children's literature within the profession might be due to an unfortunate combination of pressures - within library employing organisations, the professional association and tertiary education.
Author R. Ikoja-OdongoSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 39 –52 (2002)More Less
The informal sector is a fast growing economic sector in Uganda for development and employment of most small business entrepreneurs including women in the country. This paper presents insights into the information needs and information seeking strategies of the Ugandan women in the informal sector. Their business characteristics and sources, and channels they use to access information as well as constraints they face in information seeking, have been explored and represented. Qualitative research design and methods that involved the use of critical incidence technique were largely used. One hundred and seventeen women from five districts were sampled through snowballing and disproportionate sampling techniques. This paper recommends actions to be taken to make business information available to women. More research on women related information is advocated.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 53 –67 (2002)More Less
This article is based on part of a cross-sectional survey conducted as the empirical component of a Masters' dissertation submitted to the University of South Africa. The extent to which visual artists use certain wellknown art-related databases that are available either online or on CD-ROM was investigated. Artists also had to indicate how successful they were in finding the required information on databases. It was found that South African artists have low levels of interest in, and awareness of, these databases. Although the sample used included only the more information-literate artists such as lecturers, high school art teachers and members of art societies, it was apparent that the majority of the respondents had never used most of the databases in question. The independent variables of gender, age, working affiliation, qualifications and field of artistic interest have a decisive influence on the degree of interest shown in the databases. The perceived success in searching the databases is also influenced by these variables.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 68 –77 (2002)More Less
Skill in literature review writing is identified as a key performance indicator of a researcher's information literacy. This paper describes the first phase of a two-phase project to develop an on-line course (virtual classroom) in literature review writing skills, undertaken by members of the Department of Library and Information Studies at the ML Sultan Technikon. The course is a module of a research capacity-building initiative of the National Research Foundation (NRF). The authors discuss the information retrieval and organisational competencies underpinning the composition of an effective literature review. An account is given of the development of information literacy learning materials suitable for delivery in a virtual classroom environment. A summary of the evaluation of the first phase of the project is provided in the conclusion.
Author S.N. MokgabokiSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68, pp 78 –79 (2002)More Less
Author Yvonne JohnstoneSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 68 (2002)More Less