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IASA 2014 Annual Conference | IASA 2014 Annual Conference - 5-9 Oct

IASA 2014 Annual Conference | IASA 2014 Annual Conference - 5-9 Oct | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Cape Town, South Africa, 5-9 October 2014    #iasa2014

Connecting Cultures: Content, Context, and Collaboration

- See more at: http://2014.iasa-web.org/#sthash.o9mYsNfd.dpuf

- Full programme: http://2014.iasa-web.org/programme


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South African: Archivists Study Mandela Missives

South African: Archivists Study Mandela Missives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA:

"Most of Nelson Mandela's handwriting is neat, but it harbors a few mysteries. Archivists sometimes struggle to decipher words in the vast body of documents that Mandela penned, and he often jotted an acronym that nobody, not even the former South African president in later years, has been able to explain.

Now, some of the words that Mandela wrote, which help define the man who led the fight against white rule and became president after apartheid, are on display at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which on Monday unveiled a public facility."

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Archivists at the Nelson Mandela Foundation at work deciphering Nelson Mandela's handwriting!

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Apartheid revisited, for a better future - BD live

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BD live Apartheid revisited, for a better future.

 

"Kennedy is an archivist and is careful to point out that she is not a historian. She says she was drawn to this work because she was "very interested in how we use information to support development and human rights. Without information, you can’t do anything. In the constitution it’s called a leveraging right."

SA’s new information legislation has thus been keeping the archive "very, very busy". The new Protection of Personal Information Act has caused a major headache for archivists, who are having to go through all the information they hold to ensure personal information is protected, even if the documents have been bequeathed.

The flip side is the "secrecy bill", which Kennedy sees as "the next big challenge" for the archive.

The exhibition is stark, even sparse, but deeply affecting. Kennedy says she and designer Vaughan Sadie struggled to create a display that would unsettle without preaching.

"How do you create an exhibition that unsettles people’s assumptions of the past without disempowering them? It’s so easy to present something singular that takes one side. We have tried to give no judgment. This is more about the complexity and it hopefully allows viewers to find their place in the history."

• Between Life and Death: Stories from John Vorster Square, Old Fort Ramparts, Constitution Hill, Kotze St, Braamfontein. Entrance is free, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm, www.saha.org.za"

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Nelson Mandela Digital Archive project launched via funding by Google Cultural Institute

Their [...] "aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment."

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Opening ‘Pandora’s box’: archives as sites of hurt and hope – Opinions – Archival Platform

Jo-Anne Duggan is the Director of the Archival Platform:

"Archives – real or manufactured - and memory don’t always intersect comfortably. Archives are often, rightly or wrongly, accorded an authority not always granted memory, and memory may be unsettled or even contradicted by “evidence” carried in other, more formal records. In a presentation at the 2011 conference “Living with the Past”, Madeleine Fullard of the Head: Missing Persons Task Team at National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, explained the dilemma she faced in her dealings with the families of missing activists, when evidence unearthed by her team contradicted the versions of the past that the families of the victims remembered, the “authorised” narrative constructed by their communities, brought the paternity of the victims into question or revealed the complicity of neighbours, family members or friends with apartheid forces.

The archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa is still under wraps, despite the concerted efforts of civil society organisations such as the South African History Archive. Maybe those with the power to make the decisions required to open this archive fear that it could unleash too many secrets, lies and truths. Maybe though, it’s time we confronted the demons of the past that lie in wait in the archive of our difficult past. Maybe then we will have a hope of healing."

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SABC Media Libraries: Welcome to 2012

SABC Media Libraries: Welcome to 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A look back at the events, projects and favourite blog posts of 2011 in the SABC Media Libraries  (South Africa)

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A South African Librarian Shares Her Story

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"Christina Dookran, who now works at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, grew up under that nation's apartheid system, but discovered (Reading on Lehman Today - A South African Librarian Shares Her Story)

 

Lehman Chief Librarian Kenneth Schlesinger traveled to South Africa earlier this year on a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to help organize a library and archive for the Steve Biko Foundation’s new cultural heritage center in the Eastern Cape. During his trip, he interviewed Christina Dookran, senior manager of Bibliographic Services at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

 

She relayed a compelling account of growing up with libraries in apartheid-era South Africa—and how this inspired her to become a librarian. Excerpts of that interview appear below."

 

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SABC Media Libraries: #Followalibrary with #myfavoritebook - Report from a lone tweep from Africa

SABC Media Libraries: #Followalibrary with #myfavoritebook - Report from a lone tweep from Africa | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Report back from #Followalibrary day 1st October 2011 - reflections from Africa

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LIASA 1997-2007: background and recent history, by Clare M Walker

"The founding of the South African Library Association (SALA) as a national body was the first step on a journey towards the creation of a strong, viable entity to serve the li-brary and information services (LIS) profession. LIS practitioners have for more than 75 years been striving in a variety of arenas, both nationally and internationally, for recog-nition as the voice and advocate of LIS in South Africa.

The latest in this line of associations, the now ten-year-old democratic and fully rep-resentative Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), came into ex-istence in 1997, three years after the first post-apartheid South African government took office under Nelson Mandela in 1994. In August 2007, ten years after the founding Con-stituent Conference and admission of LIASA to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the World Library and Information Congress of IFLA, the WLIC, is being hosted for the first time in South Africa."

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The history, background and information about the Library and Information Association of South Africa!

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Future archives: problematizing digital archives – Opinions – Archival Platform

Carolien Greyling:

"Archives are only useful when individuals have access to the information stored in them. A way in which some archives are limited is that the information they house is not available to people who live in places far away. In South Africa our National Archives are housed in Pretoria, while provincial archives are housed in provincial capitals such as Polokwane, Bloemfontein and Cape Town. For individuals living in towns far away from capitals getting to these places might be very difficult or impossible.  It would seem that a digital archive would be a great benefit to a person living in a remote location." 

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Thoughts around the digitization of archives. Well worth a read!

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Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa | TeleRead:

Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa | TeleRead: | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Bringing what has been called “revolutionary” book-publishing technology to SA, Self-Publish Press – together with Xerox – has launched the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at the University of Johannesburg's main library.
The EBM is the creation of On Demand Books, in New York, and is capable of producing a bookstore-quality paperback with a colour cover, in minutes. The books can be printed in any standard trim size, and the machine eliminates the problem of minimum print runs.
The EBM looks like a large photocopier – not exactly an espresso machine, but the comparison lies more in the speed and ease of production than the aesthetics.
“The EBM technology offers libraries and bricks-and-mortar retailers the opportunity to become community self-publishing centres,” says Xerox, which is represented locally by Bytes Document Solutions. “In addition, the EBM provides a new sales channel for publishers and vastly increases the availability of titles for physical bookstores, thus significantly reducing loss of sales due to books being out of stock.”

 

Link here: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?view=article&id=57140

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South African Library Week (SALW) 2012 | LIASA #SALW2012

South African Library Week (SALW) 2012 | LIASA #SALW2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Theme: Develop @ your library

 

Following the LIASA's strategy of 2011, the idea is to link libraries to Government imperatives and thus build links with Government Departments and Government Ministers. With the major focus of government on job creation, the theme was chosen with this in mind. While libraries cannot create jobs, they do however contribute to this initiative by developing the nation through, for example, development of programmes that focus on skills development, providing access to information that allows the user to develop and empower him/herself and granting access to computers and online tools, enabling users to develop their computer skills as well as providing tools that allow them to draw up a CV or search for job opportunities."

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Daily Maverick :: Johannesburg's new library feeds a city's 'tree of knowledge'

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The Johannesburg City Library was closed in April 2009 for a much-needed facelift. Some three years and R68-million later, the library reopened on Tuesday transformed physically and functionally.

 

"The emphasis on public libraries as a means to democratise information is certainly not new. Since the late 19th century, public libraries have been at the centre of the process to redistribute knowledge and information to the educationally underprivileged and this is no more apparent than in the history of the Johannesburg library."

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SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar

SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As part of the corporate governance strategy at the University of Johannesburg, access to information is the management of paper and electronic records within a secure environment. Technology provides the tool to capture, manage and access content and to provide a workable retention schedule for paper and electronic records. The methodology developed includes a phased-in approach with the focus on legislative compliance, business processes and change management principles. This required compliance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act on the one hand and the Protection of Personal Information bill whilst complying with King III directives."

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Involving archive users in digitising archival collections – Opinions – Archival Platform

Involving archive users in digitising archival collections – Opinions – Archival Platform | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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