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Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Volume 2015, Issue 51, 2015
Volume 2015, Issue 51, 2015
Source: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2015, pp 1 –2 (2015)More Less
This "open issue" of Innovation has four interesting articles that are in line with the ethos of this journal and provide contemporary insights into librarianship, information work and research in both southern and eastern Africa. Articles covered in this issue are from various subjects such as information behaviour, information literacy, academic libraries and archives.
Source: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2015, pp 3 –21 (2015)More Less
This article investigated the information behaviour of level four managers in the Msunduzi Municipality. Two research questions were addressed: 1) What are the information needs of managers? 2) How do managers meet these needs? A quantitative approach was adopted in which a self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from 56 managers. The key findings revealed that managers require information mainly for keeping abreast of developments in their fields, broadening their knowledge bases and for decision-making. The information seeking patterns of managers revealed that a significant amount of time is devoted to actively searching for information; they prefer searching for information themselves, as opposed to engaging intermediaries; libraries are minimally used; and that managers tend to accumulate information which may be tapped into when the need arises.
Information literacy skills among incoming first-year undergraduate students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in KenyaSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2015, pp 22 –45 (2015)More Less
This research investigated the information literacy skills and competencies among incoming first-year undergraduate students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Kenya. A total of 137 incoming first year undergraduate students for the 2013/2014 academic year were surveyed using self-administered questionnaires. Findings revealed that most or all incoming students: (a) had limited knowledge of strategies used to search for information; (b) possessed computer skills such as the use of the internet and its applications (e.g. social networking sites and websites) as well as word-processing and statistical applications; (c) were not familiar with the various retrieval tools and their applications; (d) were familiar with both electronic and printed information resources; (e) were not aware what constituted primary resources and secondary sources; and (f) exhibited little knowledge of issues relating to intellectual property rights.
Source: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2015, pp 46 –64 (2015)More Less
This paper is based on a study which examined the nature of staff training and development in six Ugandan private chartered university libraries. For contextualization of the study, the nature of training and development was taken into account, training needs, challenges and strategies to improve training and development were delineated. The study adopted a pragmatism paradigm. It adopted both quantitative and qualitative methods. A self-administered questionnaire and interview schedule were used for data collection. Strategies to improve challenges related to training and development were generated. The study recommended that collaborative service delivery solutions were required to address the backlog in training and development at these libraries.
'Growing your own timber' : mentoring and succession planning in national and provincial archives repositories in South Africa - implications on access and preservation of archivesSource: Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa 2015, pp 65 –84 (2015)More Less
Several studies have noted that public archives repositories are characterised by few skilled staff members, a high level of turnover and a lack of succession planning that results in the de-professionalisation of archives in South Africa. This study explored the strategies adopted by national and provincial archives repositories in mentoring and succession planning with a view to assessing the implications on record-keeping and preservation of archival heritage. Interviews were conducted with Heads of Provincial Archives and national archives repositories in South Africa. Interview data was augmented with document analysis of strategies, audit reports and annual reports of the archives repositories. The research revealed that public archives repositories are incapacitated and unable to fully fulfill their mandate of managing and preserving records. It was recommended that public archives repositories should identify individual competency across the board and mentor employees for the purpose of continuity, sustainability and succession planning.