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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 69, Issue 1, 2003
Volume 69, Issue 1, 2003
Recognition of Prior Learning and the development of the Library and Information Service profession in South Africa : research articleAuthor Peter G. UnderwoodSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 49 –54 (2003)More Less
The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is defined and discussed, then identified as an opportunity for the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) to enhance professional recognition and the development of its members. It discusses some of the practical and other consequences of taking this opportunity.
The use of business information by small and medium-sized enterprises in Acornhoek : research articleAuthor J.K. ShokaneSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 55 –61 (2003)More Less
In the modern global economy, business information presents a potential for contributing to the success and wealth of the economy and. thereby, serving as a source of gaining sustainable competitive advantage for modern business enterprises. Small and medium-sized enterprises are making a fundamental impact to the contribution of the economy of South Africa. South African enterprises in metropolitan areas operate in a global market and must withstand the competitive pressures from other producers and from new alternative technologies and products. Business managers therefore need an input of competitive information and must manage and utilize this information. This article determines the extent to which small and medium-sized enterprises in Acornhoek make use of business information for sustainable competitive advantage.
Author Chedza MolefeSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 62 –70 (2003)More Less
Library consortia and formal resource sharing though commonplace in some ports of the world, are not developed in Botswana. Librarians have operated on informal networks in the facilitation of resources sharing especially in the form of Interlibrary Loans (ILL). One group of librarians are advocating for the formation of a nationwide library consortium to overcome cost of licensing fee for electronic databases. Librarians working for special libraries in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana are planning to form a consortium for special libraries. Their vision is to develop a full text database of information produced in Botswana in the subject areas that the libraries represent. It is hoped that more special libraries will join in and that the database will be a base for a national full text database that will help narrow the digital divide between the global North and South. The database will also preserve national indigenous information and ease its accessibility. Challenges facing the group include lack of funds and lack of expertise. A proposal will be drafted to source funds from donors and external expertise will be sought.
Getting the write message right : review of guidelines for producing readable print agricultural information materials : research articleSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 71 –83 (2003)More Less
Print agricultural information materials (PAIMs), such as leaflets, booklets and fact sheets, are used extensively to provide information to farmers. Such print materials can play a vital supportive role in extension, even to low-literate communities. Principles for repackaging technical and scientific agricultural information in print are reviewed to provide guidelines for producing PAIMs that are 'considerate' of the target audience's information needs, communication and language style, and level of reading and education. Criteria for choice of content include brevity, accuracy, appropriateness and relevance to the end user. An understanding of factors affecting readability, accompanied by readability assessment and pretesting materials on users, will ensure greater clarity of expression and aid comprehension. Important elements of the design and layout of PAIMs include logical organisation of content and arrangement of text on the page, legibility of the text as affected by colour and typography, highlighting, and the use of pictures to complement and reinforce the message. Such design tools should be used to attract and not distract the reader. It is concluded that a collaborative effort of communicators and audience in the development process will aid the production of PAIMs that contribute effectively to the diffusion of agricultural and development information in rural areas.
The merger process between libraries of ML Sultan and Technikon Natal : reflections of a practitioner : research articleAuthor Veena JayaramSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 84 –91 (2003)More Less
Education Minister /Coder Asmal's plan to merge many of South Africa's tertiary institutions has given impetus to the merger of two of the country's oldest technikons, Technikon Natal and ML Sultan, both located in the city of Durban. This paper briefly sets out the scenario facing the institutions and the libraries, pre-merger as well as post-merger. It also provides a cursory glimpse of a few institutional challenges, some lessons learnt, and finally some recommendations. The primary focus of this paper is not, however, to document the process involved in the merger of the libraries of these two institutions. This process was managed as a project, with a Project Manager being nominated from among the library staff. Various merger structures were put in place in order to facilitate participation by all staff. A Merger Management Committee (MMQ was established and departmental workgroups were formed consisting of relevant staff from both libraries. Representatives from these workgroups were elected to form a Sub-Committee that served as a liaison structure between staff and the MMC. <br>Regular meetings of all these groups took place as well as staff workshops and briefing meetings. A structure/model for the merged library was agreed to and estimates for database merger were calculated. Consensus was reached on many areas of function and service for the merged library, with common policies and procedures being formulated. Various committees are now working on space and HR issues. Although this has been a voluntary merger, the newly formed Durban Institute of Technology (DIT) created out of the merger of ML Sultan and Technikon Natal institutions, has been experiencing some turbulent times in its short history. It is heartening to note that, from the libraries' point of view, the above has all been achieved in spite of the prevailing climate of unease regarding mounting merger costs and employment uncertainty among staff. A time-line reflecting milestones in the merger process has been listed in the Appendix. It provides additional information and should be read in the context of the text.
SCECSAL 2002 : From Africa to the world - the globalisation of indigenous knowledge systems, edited by Retha Snyman : book reviewAuthor Clare M. WalkerSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 92 –93 (2003)More Less
Author Monica MoodleySource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 93 –94 (2003)More Less