The African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN) created an online survey that was disseminated by ADLSN country coordinators between April and July 2013.
Other survey findings revealed that there is a broad adoption of FOSS tools as a repository solution (most common being DSpace and Greenstone). In addition, capacity building in FOSS has clearly been a focus for libraries as evidenced by the survey data that more institutions had received training, than had not (with the exception of Mauritius).
The survey clearly demonstrates that there is a general level of computer literacy and technical proficiency. Nearly all institutions (76) report that their staff has knowledge of ’general computer use (capable of using email, Internet and Office Suites).’ A large number also have network administrators (69) and hardware specialists (61). On the other hand, institutions reported that more specialized skills remain less common. For instance, those reporting web and software developers on staff was 47.
Other findings included:
- There still remains great variability in access from institution to institution, with collections most reported as either only ‘available on local network’ (35) or ‘open to the public’ (30).
- Long-term preservation is beginning to be addressed; 48% have a long-term preservation strategy
- Digital collections are primarily comprised of texts, followed by images, then video and audio.
- The main challenges that remain include: lack of qualified staff, technical resources, reliable and affordable connectivity, and copyright.
Complete survey results available here: [PDF]