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African literature in the digital age : class and sexual politics in new writing from Nigeria and Kenya

Author: Adenekan, Olorunshola

Awarding University: University of Birmingham, England

Level : PhD

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library ;

Subject Terms: African literature ; Nigeria ; Sexual politics ; Digital libraries ;

Abstract:

Using wide-ranging literature and theoretical concepts published digitally and in print, this thesis will build the emerging picture of African literature in English that is being published in the digital space. The study will analyse the technological production of classed and sexualised bodies in new African writing in cyberspace by some of the young writers from Nigeria and Kenya, as well as writing from a few of their contemporaries from other African countries. This thesis will also analyse the differences between the agenda of the previous generation including representation and perspectives - and that of a new generation in cyberspace. In the process, I hope to show how literature in cyberspace is asking questions as much of psychic landscapes as of the material world. To my knowledge, there is no substantive literary study done so far that contextualizes this digital experience.

Digital preservation and access of agricultural information at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute

Author: Mwangi, Peninah W

Awarding University: Moi University, Kenya

Level : MPhil

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Moi University Margaret Thatcher Library ;

Subject Terms: Kenya Agricultural Research Institute ; Agricultural information ; Preservation ; Digital libraries ; Records management ;

Abstract:

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute through its research and related activities generates a lot of agricultural materials that are born digital and others that are the product of digitization. The information generated serves to improve and promote transfer of agricultural technologies, provide knowledge, inform the clientele, respond to demands and opportunities leading to the enhancement of agricultural production. Therefore, there is need to preserve these digital materials properly. The aim of the study was to assess the current practices and challenges in preservation of digital agricultural information at KARl with a view to proposing strategies and recommendations for promoting access to agricultural information. The study objectives were to: establish current practices adopted with regard to digital preservation of agricultural information at KARl and establish the types of digital records created, preserved and disposed of. Other objectives included examining existing policies at KARl pertaining to long term preservation of digital records; determining infrastructure for preserving digital records; establish the challenges encountered in preserving digital records and making recommendations for addressing the challenges identified by the study. The theoretical framework for this study was the National Archives of Australia Digital Recordkeeping Guidelines 2004. The guidelines comprehensively discuss issues pertaining to the creation, management and preservation of digital records. The guidelines cover the following areas namely importance of digital records, digital recordkeeping framework, creating digital records, creating information about digital records, determining how long to keep digital records and storing and securing digital records. A sample population of 32 respondents was purposively selected. The research was qualitative in nature and KARl was used as the case study. Data was collected by means of semi structured interview schedule, supplemented by observation and documentary evidence. Data was analyzed qualitatively. Tables were used to enter specific types of data and to show relations between variables. The study key findings were: KARl creates and preserves digital records, there are no existing policies and standards governing preservation of digital records, infrastructure in place is wanting, environmental conditions for digital records is not conducive, there is a digitization draft policy, security measures are in place and there is no disposition and retention schedules for digital records. Recommendations directed towards improving and promoting digital agricultural information preservation at KARl included: strengthening the institution networks; implementation of digital preservation policies and techniques; coordination of digital preservation activities within the institute; development of institutional policies for acquisition, conversion, storage, and maintenance of digital records; and development of infrastructure capable of supporting distributed systems of digital records within KARl network.

Managing change in academic library automation : organisation of work and job design : a case for Moi University Kenya

Author: Mutai, Solomon Kiptoo

Awarding University: Newcastle Polytechnic, England

Level : MA

Year: 1991

Holding Libraries: Moi University Margaret Thatcher Library ;

Subject Terms: Libraries ; Librarians ; Automation ; Digital libraries ;

Abstract:

Due to the changing need of academic library users andprogress in the field of science and technology, the old concept of librarianship has changed. Now, the purpose of a library is to provide clients specific and exclusiveinformation within minimum possible time. Almost every jobperformed in a library needs automation for prompt results. Automation in the Third World, which has lagged behind inthis field, is discussed and constraints to its introductionstated in this dissertation. Organisation structure of a library is predominantly by the functions done. Environmental influences may affect the structure ego the parent institution's policies, economic situation, technology etc., Technology -here is seen as themain influencing factor, though the management may have strategic choices in structural change.A period of change in an organisation puts managementtalents and skills to a :true'test. When, the, change is' the introduction of new technology or equipment into an existing operation, there is need to pay special attention to the way in which the introduction is managed, implementation, ,training,' and feedbaak of the 'new system, to ensure that the staff are motivated and informed, positive and cooperative. Jobs may have to be redesigned to suit this situation and various theories are available that can be applied.