Archival landscape in Eastern and Southern Africa
PublisherLibrary Management; Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.; www.emeraldinsight.com/researchregister; www.emeraldinsight.com/0143-5124.htm
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This article seeks to answer one basic question: “Are archival institutions in the Eastern and Southern African region developing, stagnating or receding backwards?” Design/methodology/approach – This article reviews the state of archives and records management in the Eastern and Southern African region. It argues that many archival services in the region have gone through a period of retardation and are in dire need of revitalization. Findings – The article indicates that the challenges of managing electronic records are enormous and that unless measures are taken the region stands to lose much of its valuable historical and cultural heritage. Originality/value – The article suggests various ways of revitalizing archival services in the Eastern and Southern African region.