Digital Preservation

Awarenes of digital preservation strategies by librarians in Nigeria

Author: 
Sambo Atanda Saliu Cln, Saturday U. Omeluzor Mirm, and Usman A. Saliu Cln (pp. 413-427)
ABSTRACT: 
State that the awareness and investment of libraries in Nigeria on digital library services are on the increase. Despite this trend, most libraries are yet to harness this opportunity, hence it became imperative for libraries and other relevant stakeholders to consider digital preservation as priority, and ensure continuous access to digital resources to sustain services. Investigates the awareness of librarians in Nigeria about digital preservation strategies in libraries. A social survey method of research was adopted for the study and questionnaire as a research instrument was used. Reveals that many libraries lack digital preservation policy while many librarians do not have training on digital resources preservation. Reports that knowledge among librarians about digital preservation is low. Preservation challenges identified includes lack of management support, standard and policies as well as poor funding and low capacity building for libraries and librarians. Recommended for the development and implementation of digital preservation policies, training and retraining of librarians, and review of Library and Information Science (LIS) curriculum, among others.
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Preservation and access to manuscript heritage in India

Author: 
Ramesh C. Gaur
ABSTRACT: 
The glorious past of Indian culture lies in more than five million ancient manuscripts, making India the largest repository of manuscript wealth in the world. These manuscripts are the historical evidence and have both great research and heritage value. Though our ancestors had tried to preserve these manuscripts by using various traditional methods of preservation, thousands of such valued unpublished Indian manuscripts on varied subjects are still laying scattered, some of these no longer accessible to research scholars and are under threat. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), established in 1987. Kala Nidhi, a National Information system and Data bank, consists of the Reference Library of print collections, a large library of Microfilms/Microfiche, collection of slides, Cultural Archives and photo documentation in the disciplines of Arts and Archaeology. In this paper the efforts have been made to present various initiatives under taken by IGNCA and NMM for preservation and access of manuscript heritage of India, and also various other institutional and individual efforts in the fields of preservation and access of manuscripts in India. The emerging scenario in the 21st century and a proposal for setting up National Manuscripts Library at IGNCA have also been discussed.
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