Promoting Genealogy and Local History Collections using Social media in Uganda

NAMAGANDA KANZIRA, Agnes and STULTIENS, Andrea and NALUWOOZA, Monica (2016) Promoting Genealogy and Local History Collections using Social media in Uganda. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 108 - Genealogy and Local History with Asia and Oceania.

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Abstract

Promoting Genealogy and Local History Collections using Social media in Uganda

Academic libraries collect process and preserve and provide access to unique collections in support of teaching, learning and research. Digitisation of local history collections has been undertaken as a way to preserving fragile materials and promoting access. On the other had social networking tools provide new ways of providing access to various collections to a wider audience. The purpose of the study was to explore how local history collections are promoted using social media in Uganda. An environmental scan of cultural heritage institutions in Uganda with a social media initiative was conducted. A case study of History In Progress Uganda project is reported in the paper. The project is chosen based on the level of activity and ability to provide different approaches and practices in using social media platforms. Findings revealed varying levels of activity. Nevertheless, there still exist challenges of promoting access to local history collections. The paper offers insights into the nature and scope of activity in promoting local history collections in Uganda.

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