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Strategies for Digitizing Records in Academic Higher Education in South Africa: A Case Study of KwaZulu-Natal

Strategies for Digitizing Records in Academic Higher Education in South Africa: A Case Study of KwaZulu-Natal
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Author(s): Lungile Precious Luthuli (University of Zululand, South Africa) and Thobekile K. Buthelezi (University of Zululand, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 14
Source title: Handbook of Research on Records and Information Management Strategies for Enhanced Knowledge Coordination
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, South Africa), Rexwhite Tega Enakrire (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, South Africa), Oluwole Olumide Durodolu (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, South Africa), Vusi Wonderboy Tsabedze (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, South Africa) and Joseph M. Ngoaketsi (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6618-3.ch004

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Abstract

Digitizing records ensures that the continuation of information value remains accessible and usable in all academic institutions. The study aimed to establish strategies being used for digitization of records in higher education institutions in South Africa. A case study design was found appropriate to investigate the strategies of digitizing records in KwaZulu-Natal. The study employed the qualitative research approach and collected data from the literature. Content analysis was used for data analysis. Furthermore, the study used an analytical review of empirical findings conversant of digitization of records in academic institutions as the strategy. Literature was reviewed across the world and narrowed down to KwaZulu-Natal intending to trace strategies being used by universities in KwaZulu-Natal. The findings revealed that most records are stored on the digital platforms or network servers that the university manages. Users across the world get access to these records and it gives the platform to download all records. The findings further revealed that records are stored and digitized individually from the portable devices. The study recommended that institutions should offer more training to the staff.

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