The shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town libraries

dc.contributor.advisorRaju, Jayaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPietersen, Jeremiahen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-14T14:28:07Z
dc.date.available2015-08-14T14:28:07Z
dc.date.issued2015en_ZA
dc.description.abstractThis study sought to ascertain the shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa, using the case of UCT Libraries. The objective was supported by sub-objectives, namely: to ascertain, via a rigorous review of literature, how far along academic libraries worldwide are with incorporating technological advances in their services; to identify the progress of UCT Libraries in establishing itself as a 21st century academic library; to ascertain how readily staff adapt to changes and new technology in the library; and, to ascertain user expectations of a modern, digital era academic library. A qualitative design with a case study approach was employed by the study. The study was supported by organizational learning theory. Themes emanating from the literature include, inter alia, open access, MOOCs, digital humanities and research data management. Further data was collected via interviews and a questionnaire survey of purposively sampled library staff. Stratified random sampling was used to extract samples from the targeted user population (UCT undergraduates, postgraduates and, academics and researchers) for surveying by means of online questionnaires. The study concludes that academic libraries, the world over, are adapting their services according to user demands and users’ use of current technology; that UCT Libraries is currently in the process of establishing itself as a 21st century academic library and that the progress and procedures currently in place to encourage new developments, holds UCT Libraries in good stead towards establishing itself as a 21st century academic library service; that the prevailing culture of organizational learning in UCT Libraries bodes well for constantly adapting to new technologies; and, that users are generally satisfied with the services they are receiving from the Library. Although the case of UCT Libraries was used in this study, in many ways this case is typical of academic libraries in other parts of South Africa as well as in other parts of the world and hence this study of the shape and form of the 21st century academic library has relevance to other academic library contexts as well.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationPietersen, J. (2015). <i>The shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town libraries</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Library and Information Studies Centre (LISC). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13733en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationPietersen, Jeremiah. <i>"The shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town libraries."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Library and Information Studies Centre (LISC), 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13733en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationPietersen, J. 2015. The shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town libraries. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Pietersen, Jeremiah AB - This study sought to ascertain the shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa, using the case of UCT Libraries. The objective was supported by sub-objectives, namely: to ascertain, via a rigorous review of literature, how far along academic libraries worldwide are with incorporating technological advances in their services; to identify the progress of UCT Libraries in establishing itself as a 21st century academic library; to ascertain how readily staff adapt to changes and new technology in the library; and, to ascertain user expectations of a modern, digital era academic library. A qualitative design with a case study approach was employed by the study. The study was supported by organizational learning theory. Themes emanating from the literature include, inter alia, open access, MOOCs, digital humanities and research data management. Further data was collected via interviews and a questionnaire survey of purposively sampled library staff. Stratified random sampling was used to extract samples from the targeted user population (UCT undergraduates, postgraduates and, academics and researchers) for surveying by means of online questionnaires. The study concludes that academic libraries, the world over, are adapting their services according to user demands and users’ use of current technology; that UCT Libraries is currently in the process of establishing itself as a 21st century academic library and that the progress and procedures currently in place to encourage new developments, holds UCT Libraries in good stead towards establishing itself as a 21st century academic library service; that the prevailing culture of organizational learning in UCT Libraries bodes well for constantly adapting to new technologies; and, that users are generally satisfied with the services they are receiving from the Library. Although the case of UCT Libraries was used in this study, in many ways this case is typical of academic libraries in other parts of South Africa as well as in other parts of the world and hence this study of the shape and form of the 21st century academic library has relevance to other academic library contexts as well. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - The shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town libraries TI - The shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town libraries UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13733 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/13733
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationPietersen J. The shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town libraries. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Library and Information Studies Centre (LISC), 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13733en_ZA
dc.language.isoengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentLibrary and Information Studies Centre (LISC)en_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherLibrary and Information Studiesen_ZA
dc.titleThe shape and form of the 21st century academic library in South Africa : the case of the University of Cape Town librariesen_ZA
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