Zanele and Oarabile

Zanele and Oarabile

DISA hosted another two-week internship training programme that was attended by two interns from Botswana. The interns were Oarabile Rakgamanyane, an archivist from the Archives Unit at the University of Botswana who is also responsible for the Institutional Repository and Zanele Hadebe, senior librarian at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC) based in Maun. Their motivation for attending this training was inspired by the need to set up digital libraries within their respective units.  Zanele had some experience of digitisation by being involved in digitising maps and slides at the HOORC Centre.

The training consisted of modules on digitisation, preservation and storage and provided the essential information in setting up a digital repository. Training on DRUPAL was provided and here the essentials of digital library creation for web delivery were examined in depth. The samples done by the interns were transformed, step-by-step, into a fully searchable mini-website, complete with Dublin Core input form and a taxonomy. Importing existing data from Excel Spreadsheets or other databases was demonstrated. The need to empower future librarians and archivists, and not rely on outside so-called experts, was also encouraged.

The two women had a thirst for knowledge about digitisation and were eager to discover more about what was involved. On the last day we were given positive feedback on the programme by the two interns who thoroughly enjoyed their time with us. Oarabile and Zanele returned home with plans on sharing the information with colleagues and applying what they had learnt.

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