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Users Speak: Preservation And Access Of Audio Visual Information In Kenya

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Kenya National Archives And Documentation Service
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spoken paper
6 October Monday
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CFB Auditorium

Kenya has a rich cultural heritage that has been inherited from past generations and is being maintained presently with the purpose of bestowing it to future generations. This paper seeks to identify organizations involved in the preservation of audio visual (AV) archives documenting the Kenyan cultural heritage and how the users access this information.
Worth noting is the fact that there are many gaps in the preservation and dissemination of cultural information in Kenya. Lack of technical expertise in management of AV archives and limited financial resources pose a challenge in preservation of the AV materials. The paper will also seek to assess the marketing of cultural heritage information by organization having the custody of cultural heritage information and challenges experienced by users in accessing the AV collections.
Going forward, the paper will suggest ways in which cultural organizations can collaborate and form partnerships so as to ensure best practices in preserving their collections for posterity and that information in their custody is disseminated well and availed to their users in ways most appropriate to their needs.