Library associations collections
and the UNISA Archives
Unisa Archives
Annette le Roux
16 November 2010
Contents
• Background
– Unisa Library
– Unisa Archives
– Archival collections
• Library associations
• Challenges in archi...
Background
Unisa Library
• 1946 accessioned first library book
• 2009 2 millionth book accessioned
• 2010 ± 2,5 million items
Highgrove Florilegium
Unisa Library
Unisa Archives & Special Collections
Unisa Archives & Special Collections
• Established in the early 1970s
• Collection building mainly through donations
• Cur...
Special Book Collections
• 12 Collections, ±52 000 items
• old, rare, unique, out-of-print, expensive
Collections include:...
Archival Collections
Main Archival groups:
• Unisa Archives (Vista & TSA)
• Manuscripts Collection
• Hesse Collection of G...
Library Associations
The beginning
Transition
New beginning
Library Associations & associated
organisations
Accessions in the Unisa
Archives
Library Associations & associated
organisations
• SALA – South African Library Association, 1930 – 1979
• SAILIS – South A...
Library Associations & associated
organisations
• NELS - Non-European Library Service, 1930-1980
• SCECSAL – Standing Conf...
SALA & SAILIS
Contents of accessions
• agendas, minutes
• official correspondence of the Board and committees
• annual rep...
Non-European Library Services in
South Africa
• 1930's Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) donated
money to start the ...
Challenges in archival work
Challenges in archival work
Photographs with no description
Challenges in archival work
Photographs with no description
Environmental challenges
• Temperature
• Humidity
• Fire
• Water
• Light
• Pest infestations
• Measuring climate
Challenges …
Water/ damp / humidity / dust/ mould
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3468297029_9412e74949.jpg?v=0
http:/...
Challenges …. human factor
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/publications/archivist-magazine/015002-2030-e.html
Challenges …. human factor
War
Greed
Neglect
What can you do?
• Describe & date photographs
• Do not use rubber bands and paperclips
• Dust prevention
• Organise paper...
Archives represent the memories
of groups, peoples or
organisations
At the end of the day,
if it is worth keeping,
it is i...
Annette le Roux
lrouxha@unisa.ac.za
012 429 2560
Thank you
Questions?
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  1. 1. Library associations collections and the UNISA Archives Unisa Archives Annette le Roux 16 November 2010
  2. 2. Contents • Background – Unisa Library – Unisa Archives – Archival collections • Library associations • Challenges in archival work
  3. 3. Background
  4. 4. Unisa Library • 1946 accessioned first library book • 2009 2 millionth book accessioned • 2010 ± 2,5 million items
  5. 5. Highgrove Florilegium
  6. 6. Unisa Library
  7. 7. Unisa Archives & Special Collections
  8. 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. 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. 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. 11. Library Associations
  12. 12. The beginning
  13. 13. Transition
  14. 14. New beginning
  15. 15. Library Associations & associated organisations Accessions in the Unisa Archives
  16. 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. 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. 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. 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. 20. Challenges in archival work
  21. 21. Challenges in archival work Photographs with no description
  22. 22. Challenges in archival work Photographs with no description
  23. 23. Environmental challenges • Temperature • Humidity • Fire • Water • Light • Pest infestations • Measuring climate
  24. 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. 25. Challenges …. human factor http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/publications/archivist-magazine/015002-2030-e.html
  26. 26. Challenges …. human factor War Greed Neglect
  27. 27. What can you do? • Describe & date photographs • Do not use rubber bands and paperclips • Dust prevention • Organise papers - dates • Donate
  28. 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. 29. Annette le Roux lrouxha@unisa.ac.za 012 429 2560 Thank you Questions?

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