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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The digital age and African Studies scholarship: promoting access and visibility of information resources
Author:Kanyengo, Christine Wamunyima
Year:2012
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Issue:118
Pages:33-43
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:information dissemination
electronic resources
Abstract:This paper focuses on promoting digital access to African Studies scholarship as well as the visibility of information resources. It is particularly important that the peoples of Africa are made aware of the abundance and richness of African Studies scholarship. Libraries and information centres can play a vital role in identifying and organizing that scholarship. It was thought once that African Studies scholarship mainly came from universities and research institutes, however, it is now an acknowledged fact that knowledge is being produced by other actors as well; civil society, NGOs, religious institutions and ordinary citizens who have Internet access. This article highlights all the sources where one can access information digitally. It includes the current state of African Studies scholarship as well as the challenges it faces now and in the future regarding permanent access, especially focussing on ways information is disseminated and accessed in the digital age. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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