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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 70, Issue 1, 2004
Volume 70, Issue 1, 2004
Author Dennis OchollaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... EDITORIAL Dear SAJLIS Readers, As I mentioned in the previous issue, LIASA has approved the publication of a third issue of SAJLIS. With your support a fourth issue could be considered by LIASA in 2005. In the meantime, we expect to publish in March, June and December. This issue has included articles on LIS education and training, information seeking, information policy, literacy and knowledge management. Information seeking behaviour by rural communities still raises a lot of research interest, perhaps, because solving the information needs of information starved communities, who are largely unemployed, illiterate, culturally marginalised and living in remote ..
An exploratory study of information availability and exploitation by the rural women of Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal : research articleSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 1 –8 (2004)More Less
The article reports on a study that explored the information needs of the rural women and how they are fulfilled in the area of Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal. Through a normative survey method and critical incident technique, 109 women were interviewed and questionnaires administered to 18 community leaders. Observation was also used to collect primary data.The study found that there is a need for suitable information on agriculture, health, education, business, legal and career opportunities as well as self-help related activities. Such information should be available closer to the home environment, in visual and sound formats, orally delivered by people closer to the community such as friends, relatives and neighbours as well as community leaders. Methods of information transmission should be overwhelmingly oral, including greater use of radio and television transmission. Largely, the findings are consistent with similar studies conducted elsewhere in the developing countries.
First level library and/or information science qualifications at South African universities and technikons : a comparative study of curricula : research articleAuthor J. RajuSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 9 –19 (2004)More Less
The article focuses on some of the findings from a comparative study of first level library and/or information science qualifications offered at South African universities and technikons. A survey was used through self-administered questionnaires to solicit the views of employers, past students and educators in the LIS field regarding the qualifications and their relevance to the LIS services work environment. The study confirms that the university Post-graduate Diploma in Library and/or Information Science and the B.Bibl. (or equivalent four-year university degree) are established professional LIS qualifications in South Africa. While the technikon ND: LIS is generally viewed as a paraprofessional qualification, LIS services employers are not using this qualification in its paraprofessional context. The technikon B.Tech.(LIS) cannot be viewed as a professional LIS qualification as it lacks general education and furthermore, it is a qualification in the hierarchy of paraprofessional LIS qualifications that runs parallel to the professional LIS career path. The study suggests that the professional body, educators, employers and graduates and diplomates in the LIS field in South Africa have specific roles to play in ensuring understanding that LIS professionalism and paraprofessionalism are alternative career paths, each with their own career progressions and with valuable roles to play in LIS services.
Alumni perceptions of a post graduate Information and Library Science Education programme at the University of Natal, South Africa : research articleAuthor C. StilwellSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 20 –29 (2004)More Less
A survey of alumni perceptions of a post graduate programme in Information and Library Science, the B.Bibl. Honours, at the University of Natal, South Africa is described. Module content and appropriateness are reviewed in relation to demands of the workplace. Alumni views on delivery and assessment methods are interrogated as are requirements in terms of continuing education. Critical issues in ILS education are identified, for example, balancing a human-centred approach with Information and Communication Technology competencies in the networked age. Reference is made to Information Management and Knowledge Management. Findings suggest that the Programme has broadly attained its anticipated outcomes in preparing alumni for the workplace and that to some extent a balance between the various considerations outlined in the literature had been achieved.
Author Ingrid HenriciSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 30 –38 (2004)More Less
This paper reports on guidelines produced by a postgraduate study on an approach towards the formulation and implementation of a National Information Policy in South Africa. Topics examined include the reasoning why SA needs a NIP, the proposed philosophical approach that should be applied, proposals for the principles that should underpin a NIP in South Africa and the issues that a South African National Information Policy should consider.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 39 –46 (2004)More Less
In this article family literacy as a strategy to address the problem of a lack of preliteracy skills in preschool children will be discussed. A family literacy project developed by the Children's Literature Research Unit in the Department of Information Science, at Unisa in partnership with Project Literacy will be described. This project was started in 2000 in four creches and has now expanded to 19 sites in KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo Province and Gauteng. The methodology used and the results from one of the sites will be given. Finally, the role of community libraries in implementing family literacy programmes, and the importance of this as an outreach programme, will be discussed.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 47 –57 (2004)More Less
Currently we are in the middle of the Information Age, suffering from information overload on the one hand and a lack of knowledge on the other. Enterprise portals (EPs) are seen as the antidote to these problems by becoming more and more the ultimate knowledge management (KM) tool. The current hype about EPs is focused on their application as KM tools. Very little attention is given to other aspects of KM, namely the organizational, human and cultural aspects. The article will provide an overview of the technical and strategic relationship between EPs and KM and illustrate that EPs are only the technology component and should not be mistaken for the essence of KM. What are needed for successful KM in an organisation are not technology alone, but also a knowledge-sharing culture, knowledge-sharing policies, organizational processes, performance measurement and business strategies.
Author Caroline E. DeanSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 58 –60 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... E-Serials: Publishers, libraries, users and standards Edited by Wayne Jones. 2nd ed. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2003. 294p. ISBN 0 7890 1229 4 (hbk), ISBN 0 7890 1230 8 (pbk) This second edition retains most of the original chapters of the first, which was published in 1998; but the information has been brought up to date and new topics introduced. The editor acknowledges that there are bound to be gaps in the subject coverage, but to cover absolutely everything about electronic serials would produce a volume the size of a 'James Michener novel'. 59 The book ..
Author J.J. BritzSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... 58 GENERAL CONTRIBUTIONS Book reviews The philosophy, politics and economics of information. Archie L Dick. Pretoria: UNISA Press, 2002, 184p. ISBN 1 86888 202 0 (sb) Price: In South Africa: R129; Other countries in Africa: R148, 20 This book offers a fresh, new look at information, and this approach opens the door to focus on the contemporary debate on information philosophy and the political economy of information. The book is divided into four segments (which the author refers to as an information circuit) namely, the representation of information, its production, regulation, and the consumption of information. As the author ..
Author Dennis N. OchollaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 70, pp 60 –61 (2004)More Less
Extracted from text ... Research in information sciences: An African perspective. Edited by L.O. Aina. Gaborone: University of Botswana, 2002. 220p. ISBN 978-032-053-9 The publication of this book is a significant contribution to the field of Library and Information Research, largely because of the lack of relevant textbooks on this subject at the tertiary level. The book consists of contributions from well-known LIS researchers in Africa, six of whom are based at the University of Botswana. All nine chapters are well-written, clearly setting out basic LIS research concepts, though with examples that have an African flavour. The first chapter, Introduction to research, ..