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Paper presented at the 7th annual Knowledge, Archives & Records Management Conference – 5-7 November 2014
The SABC Media Libraries are preserving a multi-media record for future generations, which includes South African broadcasting and history since broadcasting began in South Africa. Human rights issues and stories, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission audio and textual material, are also preserved. The SABC Media Libraries started with a Web 2.0 presence in 2009, and has since then build up a rich online collection of stories about the work and the content from the SABC Information Library and the SABC Radio Archives. Storytelling via social media will be investigated as a new way to address best practices for human rights, not only with regards the content of the libraries/archives, but also with regards creating awareness and networking activities. Five best practices for human rights storytelling in social media will be presented. The draft “Basic Principles on the role of Archivists in support of Human Rights” is also recommended when using social media as a storytelling tool by libraries and archives in support of human rights.