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Title:Personal archives in the library of the University of Botswana
Author:Kgosiemang, Rose T.ISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:university libraries
collection development
Abstract:Since the compilation of the 1998 University of Botswana Collection Development Policy by the then Acquisitions Coordinator, J.O. Asamani, collection development at the university library has been narrowly confined to published material and papers that are either published in journals of have been presented at workshops and conferences. The present author argues in favour of extending collection development policy beyond published material to include personal and private archives. She lists all the archives currently available at the University of Botswana Main Library and the library of the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC), a University of Botswana institute based in Maun. She notes that the current collection development policy is not expressive enough when it comes to the acquisition of personal archives, that academics have a role to play in securing personal archives from their owner and that there is need for cooperation among librarians, archivists and other stakeholders to raise public awareness of the research value of personal documents. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]