Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Annual Archives Lecture - Prof Julie McLeod

Open data and information: opportunities & challenges for the records profession
Annual Archives Lecture, Dept of Information Science, UNISA, Pretoria, 5 Nov 2015

Dr Julie McLeod
Professor in Records Management
iSchool, Department Mathematics & Information Sciences
The SABC Radio Archives personnel attended this lecture on 5 November this year. It is a thought-provoking piece on the impact and expertise needed as presented by open data on archivists and records professionals!
Dr Julie McLeod

The lecture and slides are available here: Northumbria

"This invited lecture considers some of the opportunities and challenges that the open data and information movement presents for records professionals – the role they can play in bringing our principles and practice to bear; the new knowledge and partnerships that they will need to develop in order to contribute; and the potential difference they might make.
It begins with an examination of the concept of open data and information, its ideology, motivations and aspirations; moves on to examine some of the key challenges that open data presents in the digital world, and consider the role of the records professional in this space. This leads to two key opportunities for the records profession and what records professionals will need to be if they are to grasp the opportunities and make a difference.
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: open data; big data; access; trust; ethics
Subjects: P100 Information Services
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Julie McLeod
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 09:14
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24484"

PDF: Lecture text 
Official URL: 05 November 2015: Department of Information Science Annual Archives Lecture

Thursday, October 29, 2015

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - podcast from Radio Sonder Grense on 27 October #wdavh2015

The following package was compiled by the afternoon team of Radio Sonder Grense on Middag op.

Karen du Toit, Afrikaans archivist in the SABC Radio Archive, have selected one of the soundtracks for today. Jan Beukes, one of the first African broadcasters in 1937 on the African service, are relaying anecdotes about the first African broadcasts on radio. It was recorded on October 18, 1955. The soundtrack was originally recorded on acetate record and was digitized on a CD by a sound engineer. Unfortunately, we have many formats in the Archives which are perishing because we are not digitizing fast enough. It is a global problem in all audiovisual archives! "

The podcast translated from Afrikaans:

"The theme for the celebration of this year World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015" Archives in Danger - Protecting the world's identities! "

SABC Media Libraries are part of archives worldwide highlighting the importance of preserving our audiovisual heritage in the SABC Radio archives. Our audiovisual heritage do not only allow us to look and listen with apperciation to our audio-visual collections, but what is more important, it also shows us who we are!

The Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association (CCAAA) encourage everyone to participate in the campaign to protect man's AV heritage. The world's audiovisual heritage of sound recordings and moving images are extremely vulnerable due to factors ranging from neglect, natural decay due to technological obsolescence, as well as deliberate destruction.

Accordingly, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) made it part of its mission to create public awareness with the the Global Audiovisual Heritage celebrations annually.

All the world's audiovisual heritage is endangered. Therefore, the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and the Memory of the World program are the two most important actions identified by UNESCO to help preserve this heritage! The task is on professionals in conservation to help preserve this heritage for future generations, despite the many technical, political, social, financial and other factors that threaten AV survival.

UNESCO encourages everyone to share in the celebrations on October 27 by putting the emphasis on their precious collections to ensure that present and future generations will still be able to enjoy our shared audiovisual heritage. "

Interview with SABC archivists on African Dialogue about the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015 #wdavh2015

Two of SABC Radio Archives' archivists were interviewed on the programme African Dialogue on Channel Africa about the World day for Audiovisual Heritage that was celebrated on Tuesday 27 October.
Sipho Hlope is the Springbok Radio archivist; and Namatama Mate is the Channel Africa archivist.

"Today the world acknowledges the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. This is a day, now headed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, aims to raise awareness about the importance of audiovisual documents and the importance of archiving. This year’s theme is “Archives at risk: protecting the world's identities". Today we speak to: • Sipho Hlope, archivist from Springbok-radio • Namatama Mate, journalist and archivist from SABC. • Cecil Nguva-uva – former Southern African Broadcasters Association • Ilse Assman Chairperson of the Southern African Broadcasting Association’s Audiovisual Committee." - iono.fm

Friday, October 23, 2015

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 27 Oct - plans by the SABC Media Libraries

The SABC Media Libraries will be joining other archives worldwide to showcase and bring awareness about the heritage that we preserve in the Radio Archives.

The following has planned for World Day for Audiovisual Heritage this year:

- A Video highlighting the departments and the collections of the SABC Media Libraries will be shown in the main foyer of the workplace.

- The personnel of the SABC Media Libraries will be handing out World Day for Audiovisual Heritage cards at the entrances to make people aware of the AV collections that we preserve.

- A musician Sophie Ribstein and friends will be entertaining the early morning personnel arriving at work.

- We will be displaying some QR codes linking up to videos on the Internet showcasing the material that we preserve. See the example below. (What do you do when you see a QR code?)

QR code to: UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2010
(Video by Marius Oosthuizen)

This video displays the vulnerability of tow of the formats that are becoming obsolete in the Archives: the acetate record and the reel-to-reel tape.

Related posts:

- Poster: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015

- World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015 on 27 October

Monday, October 12, 2015

Poster: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015

The UNESCO Coordinator for WDAVH 2015, Belina SB Capul, has released two studies of the proposed official poster to highlight this year's theme:
 "Archives at Risk - Protecting the World's Identities"

The poster designs were developed by the Philippine Information Agency's Creative and Production Services Division.

The other poster can be viewed here: Study for WDAVH Posters Released
It seems likely that the poster shared here will be used, as it is displayed in the side-bar of the official WDAVH website as well.

The official website for this year's WDAVH can be found here: http://archives.pia.gov.ph/wdavh/?m=home&i=home:col2&sm=About_WDAVH

Thursday, October 8, 2015

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015 on 27 October

Once again awareness needs to created about the dire situation of the world-wide audiovisual heritage!

The slogan of this year's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is:

"Archives at Risk: Protecting the World's Identities"

The world’s audiovisual heritage of sound recordings and moving images are extremely vulnerable as a result of factors ranging from neglect, natural decay to technological obsolescence, as well as deliberate destruction. 
Consequently, UNESCO has made it part of its mission to raise public consciousness of the importance of preservation of these recordings through the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. 
In adopting 27 October as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, UNESCO, in cooperation with the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) and other institutions, has helped to raise the profile of the issues at stake and focus global attention on the fragility of this heritage. 
                                                          - UNESCO Woprld Day for Audiovisual Heritage 

The countdown has begun!
Today is 19 days away from the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Casual Day in the SABC Media Libraries in support of Woodside Sanctuary #CasualDay

The SABC Media Libraries supported the Woodside Sanctuary on Friday 4 September with the Casual Day campaign. They bought the Casual Day stickers through the Sanctuary for mentally and physically disabled "children". As a beneficiary organisation they receive R4 on each R10 sticker sold.

The photos are shared on Storify: Casual day in the SABC Media Libraries 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

In the spirit of #BeMoreMadiba - a donation at Woodside Sanctuary

Loné Botha, the Fundraising Administrator of Woodside receiving the donation
from Peter Raseroka from the SABC Media Libraries

The SABC launched a Be More Madiba campaign this year during the month of July.

In the spirit of this initiative the SABC Media Libraries collected a monetary donation, as well as toiletries from a list generated by Woodside Sanctuary.

The following is a list of toiletries needed at Woodside who caters for 120 residents with severe to profound mental and physical disabilities. Woodside provides a high standard of holistic care within a stimulating and homely environment.

Shampoo and Conditioner
Bath Soap: anti- bacterial bars
Roll On
Colgate Toothpaste
Disposable Shavers/ Razors
Air Freshener
Tooth Brushes
Aqueous Cream
Disposable Nappies Children and Adults Med /Large/ X-Large
Ear Buds 100 pack
Cotton wool Ball Packs
Fissan Paste
Baby Powder
Disposable nappies
Eye drops
Sun screen
Shaving foam
Toilet paper
Under arm roll-on
Wet wipes

Bank details:

Woodside Sanctuary

Standard Bank Melville

Branch Code: 006105

Account Number: 201 098 784

Related posts:

- SABC Media Libraries' 67 minutes at Woodside

Photos of SABC Media Libraries doing 67 minutes at Woodside Sanctuary on Mandela day #Do67Minutes

SABC Media Libraries hand over gift voucher to Woodside Sanctuary, made possible by Jungle One Hour Projects

SABC Media Libraries supports Woodside Sanctuary in their Christmas appeal

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Natalie Delport: Leadership presentation at Mediatech 2015

"This was presented by Natalie Delport (eAcademy MD) at the Mediatech 2015 show in Johannesburg at the Ticketpro Dome. The presentation uses a lot of famous quotes and the message is essentially that you can use the power of your words to uplift and empower others."  

The presentation is being shared as it was a very thought-provoking introduction to the language of leadership!"

Blog post by Karen du Toit.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Applications for the next round of international networking and peer mentorship closes on 26 July - International Librarians Network

"...participants at the end of each round [evaluates]what impact the ILN had on their professional activities. Based on that feedback [...] the number one outcome for participants in the ILN is developing a  wider professional awareness and an international perspective on their work.
The reason: The ILN is an incredibly diverse global community, with volunteers from nearly 30 countries and participants from over 110.
By participating in the next round of the ILN’s peer mentoring program, you will not only be matched with a peer mentor from another country, but you will receive discussion topics and guest posts from librarians all over the world." 
                                               ILN- Apply now to grow your international network

The International Librarians Network is a free and a  three month opportunity to connect with an international peer from wide-ranging careers in librarianship. The programme asks that the participants connects with their mentors on a regular basis. It happens mostly through email contact, but the participants themselves can decide how much and in what way they want to connect. There are also themes in that period that are being run on the International Librarians Network blog page that enhances the experience, and helps participants to focus their discussions.

The applications closes on 26 July 2015 for the next round.
Apply here.

I have been signing up for each round of the ILN, and I have met great librarians from across the world. I now can say that I know librarians in Spain, Bangladesh, Australia and England. There is also a wider community that I have met through my contact on social media with the ILN! It has been an eye opening experience, and to realize that we have the same issues, career challenges and love for the work that we do!

Here's some more reading material about the advantages of joining a round of ILN:

Apply now to grow your international network!

5 Reasons to apply now to be a peer mentor

Applications now open for the next round of the ILN

Blog post by Karen du Toit, South African ILN Ambassador.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

International Archives Day #IAD15

One of the oldest reel tapes in the SABC Radio Archives - from 1926

1926 Speeches by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick & Gen JBM Hertzog
from SABC Radio Archives

This year International Archives Day focus on democracy and rights, but also sharing photos from Archive collections worldwide.

Spanish archives are celebrating with the hashtag #NoSinArchivos (#NotWithoutArchives)

The SABC Radio Archives shares the following from the audio archives - with the focus on democracy.

The top five reasons why archives are awesome are a great way to celebrate this day!

1. Archives are history!

2. Archives are evidence!

3. Archives are vital for democratic accountability!

4. Archives are about us, our stories, or lives!

5. Archives document the environment!
                                 Read here for the in-depth discussion: Archives Outside

Related posts:

- International Archives Day on 9 June 2015 - Celebrate democracy and rights #IAD15

World War 1 content from SABC archives shared on Twitter via #WW1archives

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Librarian review: THE POWER OF PRAYING WOMAN, by Stormie Omartian

The power of a praying woman

"Just like 'God's Word for the Single Believer' I don't really regard this as a book that I've 'read', but will perhaps continue to refer back to it for the rest of my days. 

It was on page 60/61 that I realised that the best way to read this book was not to read each chapter sequentially - instead this book requires life application, prayer and a heart that sincerely seeks change and spiritual growth through a closer walk with Jesus. To get the best out of this book (for me anyway), is to spend time in the relevant chapter at the point of need or spiritual prompting - pen and paper at the ready too! 

You see, there are so many areas of one’s life that are covered in this book, and the neat little index is like a spiritual A-Z of areas where we all need spiritual refreshing, pruning or an outright overhaul! 

If you are already walking with God, you will hopefully be aware of areas in your life that God wants you to focus on. and commit to him in sincere prayer. This book is a really good study aid and reference point. Apart from covering a broad range of development areas for your prayer life, it also contains some model prayers that you can work into your own prayer life as you diligently seek change and refreshing through the work of the Holy Spirit. Each section also contains a reminder of some of God's promises relating to the topic in focus. 

An excellent book and guide, one which will not sit on my shelf and gather dust!"

REVIEW BY Agrineth Mashile

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

International Archives Day on 9 June 2015 - Celebrate democracy and rights #IAD15

Reblogged from followanarchive and AskArchivists

Photo from the SABC Radio Archives 

International Archives Day

This year's activities on 9 June will concentrate on democracy in many ways.

The National Archives of the United Kingdom has come up with this topic, suggesting that we make June 9th. a "Twitter day where archives share stories and records within their collection showcasing democracy and rights in different ways". 
It is a subject, that most archives can relate to and tell stories about. No matter if you are a large, national archive, a municipal institution or a community archive, we all have records and other material, that can be used to tell the story of democratic development, and people who have stood up for their rights. 
Ideas about what to share, could be records that: 
  • have established fundamental rights in your country 
  • tell the story of individuals, who played a part in establishing democratic conditions 
  • relate to rights of specific groups ( indigenous, ethnic, LGBT, women, children...) 
  • show the history of the right to form trade unions and political or religious communities 
  • picture election and election days, both national and local 
  • sound archives with important speaches, interviews etc. 
Your contribution 
And finally your contribution could naturally also be constitutional documents of huge importance and great archival beauty. It is your choice, and we look forward to your contribution. 
#IAD15 #democracy : register on blog Ask Archivists 
If you wish to join, make a comment on the same blogpost on the weblog of Ask Archivists. And on June 9th. post your content to relevant platforms - blogs, flickr, instagram, your website, etc. - and tweet about it using the combination of two tags: #IAD15 #democracy. 
Join International Archives Day on Twitter! 
We hope a lot of archives will join, and help show the world, how archives play a vital part in documenting the history of democracy.

South Africa had a National Archives Week here last week, and The Archival Platform published ten reasons to celebrate archives. It slots in perfectly with International Archives Day.


* Our national archival heritage is held safe in many hands, providing us with the resources that we need when we reckon with the past, try to understand the present and plan for or imagine the future. 
* The passionate and hard-working archivists who do their best to preserve and promote our archival heritage even though they often work under very difficult circumstances. 
* Records managers who work to keep the records of government safe so that they can be used by the state and civil society and honour the constitutional commitment to transparent and accountable governance. 
* Active citizens who use records to hold government to account – as citizens in a democratic state should. 
* The officials who process Promotion of Access to Information (PAIA) requests promptly to honour the constitutional promise of freedom of access to information. 
* Archive activists who collect and preserve the resources that complement the records of government and fill the gaps in the historical record. 
* Individuals and families who hold the records of their personal pasts safe for future generations. 
* Universities who make a significant but often unacknowledged contribution in building our national archival heritage. 
* Museums and libraries, though often not thought of as archives, who hold collections that people can draw on to understand the past. 
* The positive signs that tell us that government is beginning to take responsibility for ensuring that the national archival system is adequately resourced and capacitated to meet its important mandates!

Photo: From the Archives:
Record Cover of "Die Wêreld van Pierneef", a well-known painter of South Africa, with a tribute audio package compiled by J.F. Marais, for the radio service, Afrikaanse Diens. It was produced in 1963.
The painting reflects the South African landscape. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Let's act on World Book and Copyright Day 2015 - Focus on Mobile

"World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them."
The following Infographic about Reading in the Mobile Era shows how much reading habits have changed in the Mobile Era. 

World Book and Copyright Day is will again be celebrated on 23 April this year!

Related post:

- World Book and Copyright Day 2015 - How to join in the celebration 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

World Book and Copyright day 2015 - How to join in the celebration

World Book and Copyright Day is again on 23 April 2015 this year.


UNESCO has compiled 10 ways to join in the celebration this year:
  • Download books published for 70 years on UNESDOC, it's free!
  • Share your passion for an author and offer his book to someone!
  • Take this opportunity to discover something new from what you're used to read.
  • Write a note in a book saying “Happy Book Day!” drag one of our bookmark in it, and leave it on a park bench or a metro seat!
  • Give books that you are no longer using to associations.
  • Print out our campaign materials and organize a book sell around your place!
  • Plan local reading events in schools and libraries and encourage famous guest readers to get involved.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

International Librarians Network: Twitter chat today about libraries and games #interlibnet

The Twitter chat for the International Librarians Network @ InterLibNet will be hosted from South Africa, at 11 am, SAST. Please use a time zone converter to view the times in your local times zone.
International Librarians Network

The chat will be about Libraries and Games, and the hashtag to follow along: #interlibnet

The previous Twitter chats and more information about what a Twitter chat entails, can be found here: Twitter chat

For background information, read the discussion topic about Games and libraries.

Please give a special shout-out if you are going to take part from South Africa!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Kalahari Desert Festival 2015, Andriesvale

By: Moshe Maghundu
Archivist and Librarian, Platfontein, Northern Cape

On Thursday, 19 March, the X-K FM broadcast team got the privilege again to do the Kalahari Desert Festival 2015 (KDF 2015).

Left: Simon Hasjenda (Programme producer); Moshe Maghundu (Archivist);
Reinhardt Kampunda (Presenter)
Right: Jeta Manuel (Presenter)
[Camera: Rena Maghundu (Technical producer)]
It is an opportunity to do stories, interviews and oral history for SABC Platfontein Archives, but it does not come easy due to budgetary constraints.

This is the third festival that Moshe Maghundu attended where he could gather a sizeable amount of material for broadcast and for the Archive. Speaking to people around the festival is easier than speaking to them at home where they are asking for monetary compensation before telling their stories. He is appreciative of the fact that the people came to talk to him for free.

The broadcast location was centred right in the middle of all activities It was very easy getting hold of people for interviews.

They got hold of Andries Steenkamp on the first day. He is a respected leader from the area and he is one of the organisers of the Kalahari Desert Festival 2015. He has a very strong vision of the KDF and how he want the festival to survive in future.

The tent was used as a lecture venue for the three San languages; !xun, Khwe an !khomani. It was amazing to observe how encouraged the young people were in learning these languages.

The beauty of the Kalahari: dry, with grasses and plants
which can only grow in the Kalahari

One of the challenges they had was the booking of Telkom lines. Telkom could not give them any lines because of birds making their nests on these poles which became heavy and breaks the poles.

Thanks to technology, they used the mobile devices Comrex for Broadcast.

At the festival there were many activities which kept the youth entertained, with drama performances, poetry and music.

There were young ladies modelling for the crowd.

The ladies team from Platfontein also took part in the traditional dance performances. This was very encouraging seeing the young people interested in the cultural affairs.

Moshe Maghundu arranged for an interview with one of the organisers of the Kalahari Desert Festival. She spoke on issues of the San people being exploited. Researchers and film crews do not compensate fairly for research and visual material being shot in the area.

Police and medical crews were on standby in case of emergencies.

Day 2 of the broadcast by X-K FM

They managed to do a number of interviews with Andries Steenkamp. Moshe Maghundu helped out to make sure that everything went well with the broadcasts before going off  "sound hunting".

Children were also given the opportunity to enjoy the festival with jumping castles. The day was cloudy with some drops of rain, but the wind was one of the main challenges. They were thankful that the Gazebo was not blown away.

There was also a session of storytelling around the fire where by all San groups came together to tell their stories. It was a very exciting experience for all!


Thanks to the following people for believing in the work that's been done:
- Regina Beregho, the station manager of X-K FM - for taking the initiative to arrange for this trip for Moshe Maghundu. It would not have been possible without her and he would not have been able to do his work in the Kalahari.
- Hennie Swart - for all the financial support. Thanks for believing  in the development of the San people by supporting the X-K FM Archives: "Baie dankie Hennie, ek waardeur alles!"
- Colleagues: Simon Hasjenda, Rena Maghundu, Reinhardt Kampunda and Jeta Manuel - "Thanks for the co-operation you gave. I really enjoyed working with you all.You all are hard-working and we all had one mission to accomplish, and that was to do our best for our station X-K FM".

Related posts

- The Kalahari Desert Festival 21 - 23 March 2014 > "Sound Hunting" for archival purposes

X-K FM archivist at the Kalahari Desert Festival

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week marks South African Library Week themed: Connect @ your library" - SABC News video

          Youtube video
Published on 16 Mar 2015 
"This week marks the National Library Week. This to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use. This year's theme is "Connect @ your library". From our Pretoria studios we are joined by Rebecca Senyolo from the Library and Information Association of South Africa-and with us here in the studio we have Themba Gadebe -who is the Spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Municipality-where a new library will be opened on Tuesday in commemorating this day.
          For more News visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sabcnewsonline
         Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SABCNewsOnline 

         Category News & Politics 
         Licence Standard YouTube Licence

Friday, March 13, 2015

SABC to celebrate South African Library Week by focusing on the services of the SABC Information Library

Internal Mailer promoting South African Library Week 2015 at the SABC

South African Library Week (SALW) will also be celebrated at the SABC this year, with a specific Library Day planned on Monday 16th March.

The following is copied from an article on the SABC Intranet by Keketso Magwai of Corporate Communications about the importance of the day, as well as the services that are rendered by the SABC Information Library.

"The SABC joins the rest of the country in celebrating one of the most fundamental information hubs, the library. The celebration of the South African Library Week (SALW) this year begins from the 14th to the 21st of March 2015. The week is meant to create awareness and appreciation for the role that the library plays in connecting, informing and educating the society. SALW was initiated by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) in 1997 as a campaign with the first library week taking place in 2002.
The SABC Library Manager, Ms. Monica Van Deventer states that “First Citizens must be aware that the library has a vast collection of books, magazines, newspaper clippings, magazines and online resources. First Citizens are always welcome to visit the library, not only for academic purposes, but also for work related purposes and personal development. We urge all First Citizens to make use of the Information Library”. She further highlights that the employees can also access the catalogue from the Intranet, in order to get to the catalogue, click on more links on the Intranet and scroll down where the library link will be found and First Citizens will be able to search for resources from their work stations."
The Library Week campaign already kicked off this week with an internal "Did you Know?" mailers going out on the corporate communications informing personnel about the upcoming South African Library Week as well as focusing on the SABC Information Library.

The plans for SALW Day at the SABC includes a musical welcome on Monday to personnel arriving at work. Harp player, Ventura, as well as Suzette Lombard (Music Library Manager) will be playing music from 7:00 am to 8:30 am. The SABC Media Libraries personnel will also hand out leaflets to the personnel at the entrances, and directing them to the Information Library personnel in the foyer as well as in the Library. The plan is to acquaint personnel with navigating the Intranet to the SABC Information Library's information products that are made available to them. There are also three surprise parcels (including books, music CDs, stationary and note pads) to be won by personnel.

Related posts:

South African Library Week 2015 - Did you know? #SALW2015

South African Library Week from 14 - 21 March 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

South African Library Week 2015 - Did you know? #SALW2015

South African Library Week 2015 will be celebrated again this year from 14 - 21 March. 

The SABC Media Libraries are planning to advocate the services of the SABC Information Library for that week. They are planning a special day on 16 March to showcase the services that the Information Library provides to the personnel of the SABC

Some of the following "Did you Know?" banners are being used in the internal corporate communications from this week leading up to South African Library Week:

"Libraries as technologically enabled environments"

"Libraries are desired one-stop, socially inclusive spaces"
Library Week theme: "Connect @ your library" 

SABC Media Library, which includes the SABC Information Library

SABC Record Library information 

SABC Music Library information 

SABC Radio Archives information 

For more information about South African Library Week: LIASA

Related posts: 

- South Africa Library Week 14 - 21 March 2015

South African Library Week 2014 in pictures #SALW2014 #libraryweek (#STORIFY)

South African Library Week SALW 17-23 March 2014 #SALW2014

Thursday, March 5, 2015

South African Library Week from 14 - 21 March 2015

"The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is pleased to announce that South African Library Week (SALW) will be observed during 14-21 March 2015 with the theme Connect @ your library.
The national launch event will be held on Saturday, 14 March 2015 in Cape Town.
The theme “Connect @ your library” resonates with the belief that libraries connect people to each other, to knowledge and information, to print and electronic resources, to technology and professional support.
Libraries must take the lead in being active community partners towards developing an informed and educated nation. This means providing access to information about health & hygiene, economic empowerment, poverty eradication and education in desired spaces that foster lifelong learning and knowledge exchange. This is further enhanced by skilled and proficient library staff who connect their communities to relevant and appropriate
information & knowledge resources, emerging technologies, as well as dynamic and innovative programmes & services for personal and community development.
Libraries are fast emerging as technologically enabled environments, which provide individuals the opportunity to connect to:
  • The Internet
  • Databases, online learning & research tools
  • Friends, families & colleagues via social networking sites
  • Employment opportunities
  • Digital libraries, which include institutional repositories
  • Emerging mobile technologies such as tablets, e-Readers, smartphones, etc. 
This theme also highlights the importance of library practitioners connecting with each other, across all sectors, for the sharing of skills, best practices, global trends and national priorities, so that a strong cohort of professionals emerge with a common understanding and vision for the development of an informed nation.
It is therefore important for all to make the connection that libraries are desired one-stop, socially inclusive spaces that enable one to Connect @ your library to family, friends, technologies, information and the world.

LIASA is the national professional association that represents libraries and information institutions; all library and information workers; and millions of users & potential users of libraries in South Africa. LIASA aims to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field. It represents the interests of and promotes the development and image of library and information services in South Africa. 
More information can be found at:
For further information, please contact Annamarie Goosen, LIASA Manager at 012 324 6096 or manager@liasa.org.za"       
Press release: LIASA

Friday, February 13, 2015

World Radio Day - Archivist Karen du Toit package for Radio Sonder Grense (Afrikaans)

World Radio Day is celebrated for the 4th time this year after it was established by UNESCO in 2011.

"From the news and public debate, music and entertainment, radio informs us , captivate and inspire us in a way that no other medium can." 
Archivist Karen du Toit , who is responsible for the Afrikaans language collection in the SABC Radio Archives, compiled a short compilation of the rich collection of radio material that is being kept by the Archives. The programme was broadcasted on Radio Sonder Grense, the Afrikaans language radio station at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. (The programme is in Afrikaans)

Translation of the text:

"SABC Radio Archives preserve a rich cultural treasure sound that includes the history and time period of the South African Broadcasting Corporation as well as that of South Africa .
This radio treasure is made possible by radio itself, which is the main source of our collection . The radio stations are in turn dependent on the archive that makes the material accessible to be uses again . We keep the radio material on sound tapes, cassette tapes, acetate records, mini tapes, CDs and electronically.
Most of the time we can not just press a button to give access, but we need to collect the audio format in the storage room, and dub it in real time and adapted it to make it available again to programme makers, journalists and the public.

As the Afrikaans archivist, it is very difficult to pick some sound clips to illustrate this rich diversity .

I would like to share the following from our Afrikaans language collection :

1. The first broadcast of Radio Sonder Grense on 28 September 1996, with a soundtrack of the late President Nelson Mandela on the importance of this medium.

2. Our first melodramatic radio drama from the thirties, Liefdesdroom (Love Dream), which was broadcasted on December 15, 1937. 

3. With the 25th anniversary of Radio in 1949 in the Cape a Mister CD Fuchs ( the then Regional Director of Natal ) aspoke on the first days in radio. 

4. The first newscast in Afrikaans from Auckland Park.
5. Finally, an audio clip of a portion of a reading of a poem of NP van Wyk Louw : "Image of a youth - pigeon and horse". It is read by Fred le Roux in 1965. The youth poem was chosen because World Radio Day this year focuses on youth and radio. 

6. And sometimes we get recognition as archivists, such as the recent death of André Brink. Colleague Bernard Mashiane came in on Sunday to help with sound clippings for producer Wilna Matthee for a feature on the RSG programme Monitor the next morning."

World Radio Day - SABC Radio joins UNESCO in the celebrations today

SABC Radio supports World Radio Day 
"A day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves."
SABC Radio will be covering this day on all 19 radio stations across South Africa!

SABC Radio Archives helped some of the radio stations in compiling packages for World Radio Day today.

SABC Media Libraries are sharing sharing some photos of the formats used in the SABC Radio Archives to preserve the rich cultural legacy of radio.

A photo posted by SABC Media Libraries (@sabcmedialib) on

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Focus on Youth and Radio for World Radio Day 2015 #WorldRadioDay

Infographic: "Celebrating radio... by youth, for youth... in safety and security"
                                               For World Radio Day 2015 

To help celebrate World Radio Day and
remind ourselves why we need greater participation of young people in radio,
we've made this special Infographic
looking at the three sub-themes of World Radio Day 2015

Related post:

- World Radio Day on 13 February 2015 #WorldRadioDay

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

World Radio Day on 13 February 2015 #WorldRadioDay

World Radio Day
World Radio Day is on 13 February 2015.

The SABC Radio Archives supports this day each year by showcasing our collections from all the SABC Radio Broadcast Services.
We have a duty to preserve this rich heritage, as well as make this collection available for research, re-broadcast and re-use.

Celebrating Radio 
From news and public debate to music and entertainment, radio continues to inform, captivate and inspire us in a way that no other medium can. 
But radio is so much more than a forum for information and entertainment. It reaches more people in more places than any other medium. It’s a bridge of communication for remote communities, developing regions and vulnerable populations, sometimes with no other connection to the outside world. Perhaps no other platform can have the real-time reach between people and across cultures. 
Radio is also the medium best-adapted to navigate the new digital frontiers that are pushing the media and communication into unchartered waters. Technologies such as the Internet, mobile communication and geolocation have shifted the traditional dynamic in which the media operate, with young people at the fore-front of these converging trends, at the same time embracing radio as enthusiastically as ever. 
So let’s come together on 13 February not only to celebrate the importance of radio in our lives today, but to ensure it lives up to its huge potential in the future.

World Radio Day Message: UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova 

Related posts:

 - The importance of radio – on World Radio Day 2013 #WRD13 #worldradioday

World Radio Day 2013 Press Release

Blog post by Karen du Toit, Archivist, SABC Radio Archives. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to ruin a date with an archivist in five words - Storify

"The hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinADate is taking the Twitterverse by storm. It topped the trending list in both the United States and the United Kingdom. This new hashtag game has something for everyone -- from big corporations to regular folks."

Twitter archivists also uses the hashtag #RuinADateWithAnArchivistInFiveWords since last week to highlight most of the annoying things that are being said to them. We have heard most of them, but some are still a surprise!

Compiled by Karen du Toit, Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives, on Storify

Monday, January 12, 2015

Librarians: Connect for free with international peers and beef up your professional networks

International Librarianship @thelibrarykim

Librarians, and also archivists! This is a great way to re-ignite your professional life and networks for the new year! 

The International Librarians Network: new round begins March 2015
Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in March 2015. 
The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Having connected over 1500 librarians from 103 countries, participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence.  
Applications for the next round of partnerships will open in January 2015 and close at midnight on Sunday 15th February 2015. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure your inclusion. 
The ILN is open to anyone working in the library and information industry around the world. The program remains free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.  
Get involved now!
Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

Blog post by Karen du Toit, ILN South Africa coordinator (Contact here: southafrica.ilnetwork@gmail.com)
Signing up for her fifth round!

Related posts:

- Connect with archivists and librarians from around the world 

- The International Librarians Network: new round begins Seeptember 2014