Mousaion - Volume 20, Issue 2, 2002
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Volume 20, Issue 2, 2002
Author E.M. GerickeSource: Mousaion 20 (2002)More Less
Articles published in Mousaion are indexed in six different reference works. The journal is widely distributed to various local and overseas libraries and other subscribers. It is also distributed to all Unisa students registered for the second and higher levels in Library and Information Science.
Source: Mousaion 20, pp 4 –33 (2002)More Less
This article presents the research findings of an empirical study conducted on managers in the South African science councils, with particular emphasis on the managers in the Council for Geoscience (CGS). The following aspects were investigated: characteristics, circumstances and working environment, reading and information needs, and information usage behaviour of managers. The research instrument was a structured, self-administered questionnaire.
While previous research on managers in general presented useful findings concerning the above, aspects such as developments in the information technology and the changing organisational structure and culture must be borne in mind as having an influence on the manager's environment, information needs and information usage behaviour. While managers appear to have adjusted to the concept of the 'new organisation', they still view themselves as scientists/researchers rather than managers. They rely heavily on networking with colleagues and contacts to satisfy their information requirements. Furthermore, managers have shown a move to the use of information technology in acquiring information.
Author J.K. ShokaneSource: Mousaion 20, pp 34 –48 (2002)More Less
In an environment of uncertainty, information has become a potential competitive advantage for enterprises. 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 input of competitive information, and must manage and utilise this information. This article investigates the extent to which small- and medium-sized enterprises make use of business information for sustainable competitive advantage.
Source: Mousaion 20, pp 49 –65 (2002)More Less
Information literacy has become one of the most important skills for people to survive and thrive in the information era. However, some groups are marginalised and even excluded from information literacy programmes. One of these groups is the hearing-impaired persons. This article therefore focuses on the importance and relevance of information literacy for the hearing-impaired. In the first part the hearing-impaired person is defined and the various reasons that restrict access to information are discussed. The second and third part of the article elaborate on the relationship between information literacy and the hearing-impaired person. Specific attention is given to the reasons why the hearing-impaired are excluded from information literacy programmes. Broad guidelines are formulated for the development of information programmes for the hearing-impaired person.
Author Bettie De KockSource: Mousaion 20, pp 85 –94 (2002)More Less
It has now become clear that the Internet is a radical innovation with a big influence on society. It is certainly not a mere novelty and can be compared to the origin of the train or the car. Judging by the number of users on the Internet, it is obvious that it must have an influence on society.
High techné : Art and technology from the machine aesthetic to the posthuman, R.L. Rutsky : book reviewSource: Mousaion 20, pp 95 –98 (2002)More Less
A matter that is regrettably low in real popularity on the information intellectual scene is book learning. This means that people in libraries, or understood more broadly, in the information sector as such, are not necessarily informed about the core books of a civilisation: books that guide civilisations, books with international status and impact in terms of their originality, their newinsights and their wisdom among other things.
Source: Mousaion 20, pp 98 –99 (2002)More Less
We all know how the Internet has invaded the lives of humans and what different kinds of impact it already has on individuals and on groups. Some regard it as a blessing and others see nothing in it but a kind of curse. Whatever our perception is, we can no longer deny its presence. It is here to stay. It is available for exciting usages. At the same time it is open to gross forms of abuse as well. Poster's analysis of this new invention is highly significant for anybody interested in the cultural, political, and even educational and informational impact of this medium.