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Digital preservation practices in university libraries: An investigation of institutional repositories in Africa

Ebele N. Anyaoku (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria)
Anthonia U. Nwabueze Echedom (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria)
Ebikabowei Emmanuel Baro (Federal University Otuoke, Yenagoa, Nigeria)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 20 December 2018

Issue publication date: 4 February 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to investigate the digital preservation practices in institutional repositories (IRs) in Africa.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from the IRs developed in university libraries in Africa, and it was done in two phases. The phases are website investigation to identify the university libraries in Africa that have developed IR and online questionnaire.

Findings

Results from the study showed that the majority of IRs in Africa used DSpace software to manage their digital contents, and more than half of the IRs engage in information migration. The study also revealed that the majority of the responding institutions provide long-term digital preservation in their IR. Interestingly, the majority of the IRs has developed digital preservation policy to guide the implementation of digital preservation for IR contents. Finally, the majority of the respondents indicated that they do not have long-term funding and lack the necessary technical staff with required skills to handle and manage the IR.

Research limitations/implications

Because of language barriers, data were collected from only universities in English speaking countries in Africa.

Practical implications

The findings of this study will make librarians in universities in Africa and other developing countries understand the key issues relating to digital preservation and longevity.

Originality/value

The findings of this study will inform information professionals, librarians in developing countries that are planning to create IRs and provide long-term digital preservation of electronic resources in their institution.

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Citation

Anyaoku, E.N., Echedom, A.U.N. and Baro, E.E. (2019), "Digital preservation practices in university libraries: An investigation of institutional repositories in Africa", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 41-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-10-2017-0041

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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