First International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA 1)

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1 – 3 July 2009 United Nations Conference Centre Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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    Knowledge or Information Management for Digital Future: The Case of Lesotho
    (2013-09-27) Makara, Mabafokeng; Moetsana, Thabiso
    Knowledge management is commonly mistaken with information management, while in actual fact they are different although they are normally used interchangeably. This paper will therefore draw a line of demarcation between these two terms in order to discuss clearly the digital future of Africa. It will dwell basically on Knowledge management rather than Information management. Digitizing Africa’s future is one challenge facing Information professionals especially Africans. Once Africa’s knowledge is digitized, its power will therefore be noticed and it will then be noticeable that developments effectiveness is solely based on knowledge. This paper will again discuss importance of digitization of knowledge for the development of nations. It will further look into constraints hindering Africa in global drive. It is clear that some nations develop faster than others, but in some cases we see governments being obstacles towards development of their nations, there is no support given to either knowledge or information management. This paper will also discuss the skills and competencies needed for developing policies and strategies for Africa’s Digital future.
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    Communiqué - Summary and Recommendations
    (2010-12-17) Walker, Clare
    The summary and recommendations are captured in the following communiqué, presented at the conclusion of the First International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-1), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1st-3rd July 2009
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    Creating an Institutional Repository at the University of Dar es Salaam: Some Experiences
    (2010-12-17) Muneja, Paul D.
    The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Library is establishing an institutional repository (IR) to preserve, and provide wider visibility and accessibility for, its intellectual outputs. In order to understand stakeholders’ views a needs assessment survey was conducted. The objectives of the study were to assess users’ levels of awareness of IRs, users’ interest in the establishment of an IR, and users’ recommendation on the types of materials to be included in the IR. In addition, the survey intended to take users’ view on the modality of deposition, moderation, access and use of IR materials. The sample was drawn from UDSM academic and administrative staff, and postgraduate and undergraduate students. A purposive sampling technique was used to select a sample from the population, and secondary data was collected using a documentary review. Primary data were collected using self-administered questionnaires. Research tools were tested to check validity, reliability and clarity. Both qualitative and quantitative data for the study were analysed and presented. Quantitative and Qualitative data were codified and analysed using SPSS and content analysis respectively, The study reveals that most users at UDSM are not aware of the institutional repository. In comparison with other users, academic staff are aware of the IR and because of this, they use the IR to access and disseminate materials. Postgraduate students follow by using the IR to access materials; administrators use the IR to disseminate, in contrast to postgraduate students. Undergraduate students have low levels of awareness and few of them use IR for any purpose.
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    An Institutional Repository (IR) with Local Content (LC) at the Redeemer’s University: Benefits and Challenges
    (2010-12-17) Adebayo, Emmanuel 'Layi
    The paper discusses extensively the benefits and challenges of creating an institutional repository (IR) with local content (LC). The similarity of this to the National Library of Nigeria Legal Deposit (LD) Law was examined. Some of the challenges highlighted include sourcing for materials, cooperation of faculty members, finance, stocking, staffing and use. Despite all these challenges, many benefits can be derived if one faces the challenges squarely.
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    The Progression from Repositories to Institutional Repositories: a Comparative Examination of Repositories at the Durban University of Technology and Stellenbosch University
    (2010-12-17) Raju, Roy; Raju, Reggie
    The South African higher education environment was re-landscaped to redress, inter alia, an apartheid higher educational system. In this re-landscaping process, the M.L.Sultan and Natal Technikons were merged to create the Durban University of Technology (DUT). This newly formed University of Technology had to transform from a vocationally focused institution to an institution striving for exponential growth in research and postgraduate student output. Stellenbosch University (SU), on the other hand, is a traditional university with a history of excellence and a claim to be a leading research institution in Africa. Given the history of these institutions, the road to be travelled for the adoption of an institutional repository (IR), is interpreted to be the same, but different in terms of challenges: as described by Thomas et al. (2005: 65), “the same destination with different paths”. Hence the purpose of this paper is to examine these different paths. However, before engaging in the discussion about the paths traversed by each of these institutions, it is important to tease out the fundamental principle governing IRs and the influence of these in formulating policy and procedures.