• Common errors and challenges of publishing in a peer refereed Library and Information Journal

      Ocholla, Dennis (2006-11)
      This paper discusses common errors emanating from authors submitting manuscripts or papers for publication in peer refereed Library and Information journals. It is hoped that this paper will provide established, novice and potential scholarly journal authorâ s with valuable information enabling the improvement of their manuscripts before submission for publication. The paper primarily uses the authorâ s experience as editor-in-chief of a peer refereed accredited LIS journal, among other experiences (e.g author, reviewer etc), as well as 85 peer reviewer reports on submitted manuscripts to the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, to analyze and discuss common errors made by authors on submitted manuscripts for publication, and the challenges facing these authors.
    • Information Accessibility by the Marginalized Communities in South Africa and the Role of Libraries

      Ocholla, Dennis (2006)
      This paper discusses the nature and levels of information access by the information deprived communities in South Africa and the role libraries play in supporting information access to the information poor. The marginalized communities and information access are defined, and how, why and where such communities access information is discussed. The library system in South Africa is described and its role, activities, programmes and services are examined. The paper further discusses how the libraries are resourced and managed, and the challenges and opportunities they face. An attempt is made to compare South African library model support to the information poor communities with those of other countries of the region. It is concluded that South Africa has a strong information access capacity and library services, though comparatively better than those in other African countries in terms of management, resource support and distribution, but still lacks the capacity for effective information provision to the marginalized communities largely because of their location and information content and format that is largely in favor of information rich environments.