Friday, June 29, 2012

Storify of International Archives Day 2012 via SABC Media Libraries #archday12

A compilation of some of the tweets and social media engagement by SABC Media Libraries @SABCMediaLib (including SABC Radio Archives @SABCRadioArc) on International Archives Day on June 9 2012 this year.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In memory of Dawid Kruiper, traditional leader of the Khomani San

Dawid Kruiper
(jpg cut from cameramen Byron Taylor's video material - SABC Fokus 10 June 2012)
Dawid Kruiper passed away on 13 June 2012. He was a San elder and leader of the Khoisan community in the southern Kalahari Desert. He was also one of the main players in the land claim by the #Khomani San.

Moshe Maghundu, the librarian & archivist at SABC Platfontein, remembers the following about Dawid Kruiper, a well-known personality in their district:

"Oom Kruiper lived his whole life in the Kalahari, where he was involved with many of the issues regarding the #Khomani San.
Moshe Maghundu never had personal contact with him, but he had read and heard about him, especially when he was involved with the land claim and they got their land back.
Dawid Kruipere did a lot for the San people. They see him as a well-known man, especially in the Kalahari. Dawid Kruiper was involved with the leaders of Platfontein and used to organise many meeting with the San people. His work inspired the people.
Moshe plans to do some interviews in the Kalahari when the funds become available to record the full story behind the man Dawid Kruiper."
                                                                          - (Translated from Afrikaans by Karen du Toit) 

The following link by the SA San Institute gives a good insight in the life of Dawid Kruiper:

In Memoriam - Dawid Kruiper

The following YouTube video is an interview by SABC Radio specialist correspondent Angie who speaks to eco-adventurer and ex-SABC Radio presenter, Patrcia Glyn, on the late #Khomani San leader Dawid Kruiper:

YouTube: Dawid Kruiper (published on 19 June 2012 by SABC Digital News)

SABC 2 Fokus also did a programme on 10 June 2012 about the Khoi and San groups of South Africa and their search for recognition. Producer Karin D'Orville did an interview with Dawid Kruiper in this programme:

YouTube - Fokus 10 June 2012 (SABC Digital News)
See photo on top by kind permission of producer Karin D'Orville.

May you rest in peace, Dawid Kruiper!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Musings in the Music Library #7 - Librarian stereotypes

Daniel Neal from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library sent some more vignettes to the SABC Music Library, and gave his kind permission for us to publish.

"In 2004 I was playing for the first SA production of Phantom of the Opera and as such I was privy to lots of comments from the conductor and production team.  They had reservations about one of the girls cast as Christine, the character that is sweet and totally innocent and more than totally devoted to music, but underneath has a sensual and passionate romantic streak.      
They said more than once that this actress didn’t really display the latter, and their repeated comment was “she’s too much like a librarian”.  
I was by then three years the CPO librarian, and I didn’t take that too kindly.  But it is true that librarians, even of the orchestral kind, are subject to an occupational stereotype that is probably universal.  Why?  
Perhaps it is that our occupation is one of almost complete service?  If you consider what we do in general, it’s that we provide, upon request, materials, information and advice, without a transactional fee being attached.  It’s as far removed from sales and marketing as Cape Town is to Alpha Centauri."  

Related post: 

Musings in the Music Library #6 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

Friday, June 15, 2012

Knowledge Management, the good, the bad & the ugly

Roland Wagner at KM Seminar
UJ Dep of  Information & Knowledge Management

Notes from a seminar by Roland Wagner (Project coordinator at Damietta Peace Initiative) about Knowledge Management, with specific reference to organizational culture. 

The seminar on 31 May 2012 was hosted by the Department of Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Johannesburg (Kingsway Campus).

Roland Wagner has extensive experience with regards Knowledge Management. See his biography that is copied from the invite below.

Some notes that was taken at the seminar:

- "Knowledge is a social construct - generated in collaboration and interaction with others"

- Culture comes to play in this social interaction! 

- A company's culture is the reflection of the macro-economic culture.

- "Good" or "bad" culture can be identified by the impact of corporate culture.
  Positive which makes it an enabler in the organization
  Negative where it is seen as a barrier in the organization.

- The role of Knowledge Management is to create an enabling environment. It can't be done    without the active role of Human Resources. They should be involved!

- KM is multi-disciplined and there should be a marriage between all teams.

- Understanding of the sub-cultures (units, regions, departments) within an organization enables KM.

- Leadership has a direct impact on the culture in an organization.

- KM needs to map the organization's existing culture.

- Tacit knowledge very important, especially with regards risk management. KM & HR need to work closely on this!

- Storytelling as a KM output extremely important; although it is time-consuming.

- KM should be sensitized continuously in an organization.

- Roland Wagner believes it is sometimes better to getting consultants in for KM.

- Another important learning outcome: Knowledge sharing should not be rewarded! It should be part of the organizational culture. The employee's thinking is the organization's intellectual property.

- KM should create a culture of trust in the organization. It is done by communities of practice, office retreats, social events, open environment, and knowledge caf├ęs.

Roland Wagner suggested some KM vs Culture Videos on Youtube:

It's All About Culture - What is Corporate Culture?

Overcoming Resistance to Change - Isn't It Obvious?

What is Organisational Culture ? Why Culture Matters To Your Organization

Notes by Karen du Toit, Archivist, SABC Radio Archives.

Roland Wagner Biography:
"Roland holds a Master’s degree in Information and Knowledge Management and currently manages knowledge management initiatives at Damietta Peace Initiative, a non-profit organisation. Roland’s previous KM role at Anglo American is to implement knowledge management initiatives for various business units including transportation, safety and sustainable development, Anglo Research and Anglo American Projects. Roland’s key role for KM at Productivity SA was to introduce a holistic KM inititiative within the organisation, including the development of a KM strategy.  The KM strategy was guided by the research (qualitative and quantitative) approach that resulted in a “current assessment report” (CAR). He was also project leader in the development of a knowledge management strategy for the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as well as the Film and Publication Board (FPB).  The development of these KM strategies also included knowledge and information audits, as well as evaluating the feasibility of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems. Roland also mentored and coached the Anglo American engineering team in applying Lessons Learnt projects.  This activity took place in 2008 where he held a Lessons Learnt workshop. He is also a member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP).
Completed projects include:
Development of the knowledge management strategy for Productivity SA
Development of the knowledge management strategy for the Department of Science and Technology
Lessons learned project and knowledge management strategy for the Film and Publications board
Knowledge management consultant to assist Kumba Iron Ore (Anglo American) in completing three knowledge management projects. The projects involved are part of knowledge mapping within Kumba’s supply chain: A lessons learnt project within Kumba’s Sishen Expansion Project (SEP) and the development of a briefing and de-briefing tool for Kumba’s Human Resource department as well as developing a benchmarking project plan for Kumba Iron ore’s heavy mining equipment.
Project manager in developing an agricultural information system for the Department of Agriculture in the North West Province.
Local Economic Development (LED) expert to assist the Government of Limpopo in establishing an LED Resource Centre in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. This is an EU funded project (as part of the larger EC supported LED Program for Limpopo) and work entailed conducting research, assisting the development of a Business Plan for the Centre, benchmarking similar centre locally and internationally and capacity building support to the hosting institution.
Team member on the Manstrat consulting team that assisted the Free State Department of Agriculture in developing a Training Strategy for its Non-Formal Training Unit (VET program).
Team member on the Manstrat project team that assisted the Department of Agriculture in the North West Province to undertake feasibility studies and develop business plans (turn-key projects) for a total of 15 agricultural ventures." 

Friday, June 8, 2012

International Archives day on 9th June #archday12

@SABCRadioArc on Twitter
It is again International Archives Day tomorrow, the 9th of June.

Last year we took part in the Ask Archivists campaign on Twitter.
This year it is on a Saturday, but we can still take part in the Twitter initiative by Ask Archivists.

The brief by Ask Archivists for 2012:

"Let´s show off our archival holdings, knowledge and services this year. We invite you to tweet your most precious document, your best online services and finest webcontent, the coolest pics of users socializing and using the collections.  Show us – and the whole twittersphere –  what you´re proud of in your archives!  Let us know if you´re in – and if you will answer questions from users again.
We´re looking forward to another great Archives Day on the tag #archday12"
- Ask Archivists initiative

Ask Archivists is on Twitter @AskArchivists
Follow the conversation at #ArchDay12

Please follow and ask us about our collections on Archives Day:

@SABCMediaLib - The SABC Media Libraries of the South African national broadcaster, SABC.
@SABCRadioArc - The SABC Radio Archives which forms part of the SABC Media Libraries.
@SABCInfoLib - The SABC Information Library
@SABCRecordLib - The SABC Record Library
@SABCAudioRest - The SABC Audio Restoration department.

See you on Twitter!

Related posts from the previous year:

Ask Archivists Day on June 9th 2011 on Twitter

Ask Archivists Day short report back #AskArchivists

SABC Media Lib @ Ask Archivists Day

Ask Archivists Day this week on Thursday

Questions and answers on Ask Archivist Day

Blog post by Karen du Toit (@karentoittoit), Afrikaans Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Technology & innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research and user >Slideshare by Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy Slideshare of his keynote on the topic,  Technology & innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research and user, on Day 2 on the theme "Technology & New Media" of the 33rd IATUL Conference held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 4-7 June 2012.Singapore iatul keynote
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