Management of Public Sector Records and Archives in Botswana

Management of Public Sector Records and Archives in Botswana

Segomotso Masegonyana Keakopa (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3137-1.ch012

Abstract

This chapter looks at the management of public sector records and archives in Botswana. The chapter starts with an overview of developments in the East and Southern African Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (ESARBICA), which provides a foundation for discussion of developments in Botswana. It looks at the extent to which the Botswana National Archives and Records Services (BNARS) has fulfilled its role as the overseer of the creation, maintenance, use, disposition of public sector records, and preservation of the country's cultural heritage. It also looks at the impact of information and communication technologies and management of electronic records together with issues of staffing, training, and the challenges and prospects the country is faced with in managing records and archives as a symbol of cultural heritage. The chapter is based on an extensive review of the literature and the author's personal experience. It ends with recommendations on future directions.
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Methodology

The compilation of this chapter depended on an extensive search of the literature in the ESARBICA region and in Botswana. Books, journal articles and electronic sources were used. Some professional experience over a 23 year period as a practitioner and academic also informed discussions and opinions in this chapter. Interactions and sharing of experiences with other professionals in the region and internationally at the recent ESARBICA conference in Lilongwe, Malawi held from 7-11 August 2017 also provided information that confirmed some information from the literature. The discussion in this chapter is guided by the life cycle model which looks at the management of records through the stages of creation, maintenance, use, and appraisal and disposition where some records become archives because of their continuing values.

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