Orality & the knowledge society

Here we introduce initiatives which contribute to knowledge production and transfer in oral cultures and promote the inclusion of African societies in the global knowledge society.
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“Our knowledge management has changed” – an interview with Hans-Christoph Hobohm

Never before have we communicated so much as today. Have smart phones and social networks really defined a new kind of speaking? Are we experiencing a “comeback of orality”? An interview with Hans-Christoph Hobohm, Professor of Library Science at the University of Applied Science Potsdam.More ...

Multimedia, Orality and the Future of Knowledge in Africa

Writing is a very important aspect of modern life. Literacy – the ability to read and write – is one of the basic life skills a person is expected to have in order to function productively. The capacity to document human thought and ideas in writing is fundamental to the production and storage of knowledge. Based on this capacity, the library has developed as the storehouse of global knowledge. More ...