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  1. Library associations collections and the UNISA Archives Unisa Archives Annette le Roux 16 November 2010

  2. Contents • Background • Unisa Library • Unisa Archives • Archival collections • Library associations • Challenges in archival work

  3. Background

  4. Unisa Library • 1946 accessioned first library book • 2009 2 millionth book accessioned • 2010 ± 2,5 million items

  5. Highgrove Florilegium

  6. Unisa Library

  7. Unisa Archives & Special Collections

  8. Unisa Archives & Special Collections • Established in the early 1970s • Collection building mainly through donations • Currently 4 qualified archivists • Unique and rare materials (±4 000 linear meters) • Manuscripts, photographs, posters, sound & video cassettes - archives • Finding aids/ inventories - archives • Special books – OASIS catalogue

  9. Special Book Collections • 12 Collections, ±52 000 items • old, rare, unique, out-of-print, expensive Collections include: • JL van Schaik Africana (ASC) • Wagener Africana (WAGE) • Special Book Collection (S) • WA Joubert Old Legal Sources (OLD) • Van Schaik Publishers (JSC)

  10. Archival Collections Main Archival groups: • Unisa Archives (Vista & TSA) • Manuscripts Collection • Hesse Collection of German Africana • Documentation Centre for African Studies • Library Associations • South African Museums Association • United Party • Junod • Allan Boesak • Kenneth Birch

  11. Library Associations

  12. The beginning

  13. Transition

  14. New beginning

  15. Library Associations & associated organisations Accessions in the Unisa Archives

  16. Library Associations & associated organisations • SALA – South African Library Association, 1930 – 1979 • SAILIS – South African Institute for Librarianship and Information Science, 1980 - 1998 • LIASA – Library Association of South Africa, 1998 - present • ULIS/ Translis/ LISDESA (Unification of Library & Information Stakeholders/ Library & Information Services in Developing South Africa) • LIWO - Library & Information Workers Organisation,1990-1998 • ALASA – African Library Association of South Africa, 1996 • BLASA - Bantu Library Association • CBLASA - Central Bantu Library Association of South Africa • Cape Library Association (later Library League) • SA Indian Library Association

  17. Library Associations & associated organisations • NELS - Non-European Library Service, 1930-1980 • SCECSAL – Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library Associations, 2002; 2006 • CHELSA - Committee for Higher Education Librarians of South Africa • IGBIS - Interest Group for Bibliographic Standards - 2003 to 2008 • SLIS – Special Libraries & Information Services Group, 1947-2000 • OSALL – Organisation of South African Law Libraries • Branches – Northern Transvaal / Gauteng North • NLAB (NBAR) – National Library Advisory Board, 1968-1985

  18. SALA & SAILIS Contents of accessions • agendas, minutes • official correspondence of the Board and committees • annual reports • other reports • study material & exampapers • newsletters, journal • photographs and conference papers

  19. Non-European Library Services in South Africa • 1930's Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) donated money to start the Carnegie Non-European Libraries • Collection: - Official minute books, annual reports and correspondence are available - material to support research, eg commissions of inquiries - library associations for various “Non-European” groups: some material

  20. Challenges in archival work

  21. Challenges in archival work Photographs with no description

  22. Challenges in archival work Photographs with no description

  23. Environmental challenges Measuring climate • Temperature • Humidity • Fire • Water • Light • Pest infestations

  24. Challenges … Water/ damp / humidity / dust/ mould http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3468297029_9412e74949.jpg?v=0 http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/015002/f1/book1.jpg http://www.drycogroup.com/Portals/9/DocumentMediaRecovery/Nasty%20Files.JPG

  25. Challenges …. human factor http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/publications/archivist-magazine/015002-2030-e.html

  26. Challenges …. human factor War Greed Neglect

  27. What can you do? • Describe & date photographs • Do not use rubber bands and paperclips • Dust prevention • Organise papers - dates • Donate

  28. Archives represent the memories of groups, peoples or organisations At the end of the day, if it is worth keeping, it is in the ARCHIVES

  29. Thank you Questions? Annette le Roux lrouxha@unisa.ac.za 012 429 2560