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Resource provision and access to indigenous knowledge in public libraries in South Africa

Resource provision and access to indigenous knowledge in public libraries in South Africa This paper is part of a larger qualitative multiple case study that sought to explore the integration of indigenous knowledge in public libraries in South Africa. The paper draws from semi-structured interviews with selected heads of provincial library services in South Africa to determine the extent to which public libraries provide targeted resources to enhance access to IK. Results reveal that that there are no targeted resources to facilitate access to IK. Concerted efforts to facilitate access by increasing the number of libraries were noted. Notwithstanding these efforts, there seems to be a paucity of IK, which has implication for inclusive services. It is recommended that libraries look beyond enabling access to the Internet but also explore how they can further optimise ICT usage as a way of facilitating access to IK through capturing, organising and disseminating knowledge of indigenous communities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Development SAGE

Resource provision and access to indigenous knowledge in public libraries in South Africa

Information Development , Volume 36 (2): 17 – Jun 1, 2020

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SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2019
ISSN
0266-6669
eISSN
1741-6469
DOI
10.1177/0266666919841095
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Abstract

This paper is part of a larger qualitative multiple case study that sought to explore the integration of indigenous knowledge in public libraries in South Africa. The paper draws from semi-structured interviews with selected heads of provincial library services in South Africa to determine the extent to which public libraries provide targeted resources to enhance access to IK. Results reveal that that there are no targeted resources to facilitate access to IK. Concerted efforts to facilitate access by increasing the number of libraries were noted. Notwithstanding these efforts, there seems to be a paucity of IK, which has implication for inclusive services. It is recommended that libraries look beyond enabling access to the Internet but also explore how they can further optimise ICT usage as a way of facilitating access to IK through capturing, organising and disseminating knowledge of indigenous communities.

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Information DevelopmentSAGE

Published: Jun 1, 2020

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