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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 69, Issue 2, 2003
Volume 69, Issue 2, 2003
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 95 –107 (2003)More Less
The South African Constitution entrenches the right of every citizen to receive or impart information or ideas. Information and communications technology (ICT) can play an important role in facilitating the upgrading of education, health care, recreation and other services, by improving the quality of information available and by providing communities throughout the country with access to expertise and usable information. One of the objectives of the article is to indicate how the government envisaged and implemented its resolve to improve the communications technology infrastructure for the dissemination of usable information to rural disadvantaged communities by focusing on the centre approach. A second objective is to report on the present status - successes and failures - of the most important of these initiatives.
An exploration of the current status of information literacy tuition in South African tertiary institutions and proposals for curriculum design : research articleSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 108 –114 (2003)More Less
An investigation was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) with the aim of determining measurable competencies in students' information literacy at tertiary level educational institutions. It is increasingly clear that students need both technological skills and information competencies in order to access and employ a wide range of electronic and other information resources. As courses are being developed to inculcate these competencies, it is imperative to generate and incorporate a rationally justified system of standards and benchmarks according to which the outcomes and impact of such interventions may be measured and evaluated in order to ensure continuous improvement. Members of staff at the Centre for Information Literacy at UCT are working towards the establishment of such standards and intend making them available to the information community throughout southern Africa in order that best practice may be shared by all. This paper specifically reports on two exploratory surveys in which firstly, responses were received from ten different information literacy providers from a number that had been identified at the 2001 LIASA conference, and a follow-up survey at the 2002 LIASA conference. It concludes with a suggested approach to obtaining consensus on preliminary standards for information literacy among South African students and a process of evaluation.
Suggestions for a research framework for South Africa : how can we learn from web information seeking / searching studies? : research articleAuthor Ina FourieSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 115 –125 (2003)More Less
The growing interest in web information seeking / searching studies, and their importance for web site design, search engines, intranets, portals, etc. warrants a research agenda for web information seeking / searching studies in South Africa. A research framework directs research projects and should include: the rationale for and purpose of a study, descriptive information, links to related studies and traditional information retrieval, links to research paradigms and theoretical models, research methodology and methods, rationale for analysing the data, actual statistical analysis, interpretation and findings, and explicit reference to the practical impact of and need for further research. It should build on the importance of research in a particular context, and acknowledge the existing body of research literature. Suggestions are offered for practical and theoretical research projects relevant to the South African context. Although we can benefit from isolated projects, a research agenda, as suggested, may add greater impetus to our research efforts and understanding of the phenomenon under investigation.
Author Adriaan SwanepoelSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 126 –132 (2003)More Less
This article presents and discusses the findings of a user survey at a technikon satellite library in the Mpumalanga province. The purpose of the investigation was firstly to determine the extent to which pre-graduate students find particular library services, facilities and information sources either easy or difficult to use, and secondly to determine whether students who received library instruction found the library's services more easy to use than students who haven't received library instruction. A questionnaire to gather the information was distributed to all students entering the library over a period of seven days. Although a non-probability sampling method was used, the findings can be regarded as valid as the respondents represent 29.5% of the total student population on the campus. The results showed that of the list of library activities covered in the survey, the largest number of students regarded the use of photocopiers easy to use, while the smallest number of students regarded the online computer catalogues easy to use. The results also showed students who received library instruction did not necessarily find the library's services, facilities and information sources easy to use.
Publication of books in indigenous South African languages and their availability and use in public libraries : research articleSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 133 –139 (2003)More Less
This paper presents the findings of a study conducted to investigate the impact of the adoption of the eleven official languages and related democratic policies on the production of books in indigenous languages as well as the role of public libraries in promoting the use of books written in indigenous languages. The study reveals that, despite the provisions of the New Constitution regarding language, it seems that the publishing houses have not made much effort to reduce the predominant status traditionally enjoyed by Afrikaans and English in the South African publishing industry. <br>The findings also show that most libraries have collections published mainly in English and Afrikaans. In addition, it was found that books in indigenous languages made up less than 1% of the collections of most of the responding libraries. The results of this study portray a poor state of publishing in indigenous South African languages. It is recommended that every effort should be made to promote the use of these languages more widely and government support be solicited.
Theological librarians and the Internet. Implications for practice, edited by Mark Stover : book reviewAuthor Arthur SongSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 140 –141 (2003)More Less
Author Peter G. UnderwoodSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69 (2003)More Less
Law library collection development in the digital age, edited by Michael Chiorazzi and Gordon Russell : book reviewAuthor Charles A. MasangoSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 69, pp 142 –143 (2003)More Less