Digital haves and have-nots – limiting communication

I am increasingly aware of the digital divide between the Haves of the most recent technology…
And the Have-nots who do not have the money to upgrade to the most recent technology!

And staying behind, because the Have-nots are not able to communicate with the Haves.

My case in point: I have a Blackberry 9360 Smartphone, which do not allow me to do most of the cool stuff, and which do not have long battery life. I have chosen this phone, because I have to pay for two smartphones (the other one is for my daughter who is a student), and I can’t afford a more expensive option.

I have an iPad2 with 16G memory which is stretched to its limit, and gives me notifications that I can’t upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 because there is not enough memory. And iOS 7 is already available in beta…
(Of course, if I had the money, I would have upgraded long ago!)

I find it very frustrating, especially because I am not able to take part fully in ANZ 23 Mobile Things, and this week I can’t download Google + Hangout because it needs iOS 6.1.3.

Luckily I can Skype from my iPad, and I will be following the conversation on Twitter.

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Making connections in the library and archive environments

I am responding to the monthly discussion by the International Librarian Network about making connections between people from different cultural and heritage backgrounds.

Sally Pewhairangi talks about the Maori worldview, and how different it is with regards the Western worldview. And how we communicate with each other…
She can be found at Finding Heroes.

In South Africa we are peoples from different cultural and heritage backgrounds. We refer to ourselves as the Rainbow Nation.

We had to learn to communicate with each other, and especially to make space for the Western world-view and way of doing things, vs. an “African” way of doing and understanding things. I am not always sure that we “understand” each other, but at least in a day-to-day working environment we are getting to know each other much better!

I have found that we really try to accommodate each other, and that we can joke about our differences!
The western world-view wants something to be done yesterday, coming in direct opposition with a world-view that tomorrow is another day to accomplish things! (To name but one of the differences of how we communicate…)

In the library and especially the archive environment it is essential to remember that there is not only one way to communicate and do things. But the more we work and deal with our customers who communicate from different perspectives, the more we are able to accommodate their perspectives as well.

With regards the archives: we have a number of cultures that are becoming obsolete and the languages and cultures are fighting a losing battle with regards the English and westernised culture.

We need to record and preserve what is left of these cultures for future generations!
The job of an archivist is to identify these pressing issues and to address it while there is still time!