Department of Information Science

Dr I Schellnack-Kelly

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Information Science
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6936
Fax: 012 429 3792


  • BA Hons (UNP, 1990)
  • MA History (Unisa, 1999)
  • National Higher Diploma Archival Science (TSA, 1998)
  • DLitt et Phil Information Science (Unisa, 2014)

Currently teaching

  • The management and utilisation of archives
  • Records management
  • Electronic records management
  • Oral history

Journal articles

  •  “Department of Education & Training, Ex-Administration: House of Assembly,” in Archives News 38(2) (1995)
  • “Report on the ESARBICA Workshop hosted by Botswana National Archives: Bringing efficiency and effectiveness in Records Management Practices: 6 – 10 December 1999,” in Archives News 42(3) (2000).
  • ‘Chilean interests in the South African war, 1899-1902’ in Archives News 43(3) (2001)
  • “The records manager’s role in the “life cycle” of records,” Unisa workshop entitled Opportunities in the Information Professions, 10 July 2001.
  • ‘Records management, recordkeeping systems and disposal,’ Knowledge Upgrade Management Workshops at Balalaika Hotel, 3-4 Nov 2004
  • ‘Records management profession,’ Unisa Symposium entitled Information Professions under the Loop, 19 August 2005.
  • ‘The role of records management in alleviating poverty in South Africa,’ UNISA Department of Information Science Student Symposium, 20 August 2010
  • Paper presented at the ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN INDEXERS AND BIBLIOGRAPHERS (ASAIB) on 10 May 2012, in Pretoria: entitled: Are we listening? Essential collaborations
  • Paper presented for ASM Communication:  Records and Information Management Conference in Sandton, 15 and 16 May 2012 entitled: Records management in the digital age, embedding sustainable practices and contending with the changing roles of records managers
  • Co-presented SASA Pre-Conference Marketing Workshop on 11 July 2012 at UNISA, Pretoria, entitled Who Are We?
  • Paper co-presented at the Water Research Commission Dialogue: Our Water History & the Future of its Preservation, on 22 February 2013 at the Emerald Resort & Casino in Vanderbijlpark, entitled Importance of archives and records management.
  • Paper presented at ProLissa Doctoral Forum on 6 March 2013 at UNISA, Kgorong Building, Pretoria Campus, entitled: Postmodernism versus Deconstructionist: Compliance versus narratives
  • Paper presented at the South African Museums Association Conference in Kimberley on 23-25 October 2013, entitled: Capturing digital narratives: displaced communities, tracing histories in the information age
  • Poster presentation at the LIS Conference on 26 July 2012 at UNISA, Pretoria entitled, Essential collaborations for effective management of electronic records management solutions
  • Poster at ICA Brisbane Conference on 23 August 2012, present by Jonathan Parr, entitled: Essential partnerships when selecting, implementing and maintaining EDRMS
  • Article published in Information and Records Management Bulletin, Issue 170 November 2012, pages 30-42. Entitled: Public archivists and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in South Africa
  • Article published in October 2013 in the International Journal of Science, Commerce and Humanities entitled: Information management and the case study of South African local governments. Vol 1, no. 7:88-101.
  • Article with Prof TB van der Walt: "South Africa's water heritage and its future preservation: establishing a water research archive for water-related information sources,"  Journal for Contemporary History, Vol 40, Issue 1, 2015, pp. 195-207;
  • Article with Prof TB van der Walt: Role of public archivists and records managers in governance and local development under a democratic dispensation in South Africa” Esarbica Journal. 2015
  • Book review in The Electronic Library: “Ned Potter, The Library Marketing Toolkit” (2013)
  • Book review in The Electronic Library: “Adrian Brown, Practical Digital Preservation: A how-to guide for organizations of any size” (2014)
  • Book review in The Electronic Library: “Personal Archiving. Preserving our digital heritage” (2015)
  • Paper presented at the Historical Association of South Africa Conference held in Vanderbijlpark on 22 – 25 June 2016, entitled: “Back to basics in the digital age: tackling environmental issues through oral and other histories in the iSimangaliso wetland.”
  • Paper presented at the Library and Information Science 7th Research Symposium on 28 and 29 July 2016 at Unisa Muckleneuck Campus, entitled: “Linking the Past with the Future: Ensuring the longevity of archival collections and accessions.”
  • Paper presented at the Seminar on Children and the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, held in Nelspruit on 8 to 9 September 2016, entitled: “The lion and the lamb: Importance of storytelling in preserving Africa’s soul.”
  • Co-Paper presented at the School of Arts 2016 Conference on 14 to 15 Sepember 2016 entitled: Sound governance for support and funding of school libraries: lessons learnt from the Pretoria East Rotary Club and Nyankala School in Hammanskraal.”
  • Co-published with Prof TB van der Walt: "South Africa's water heritage and its future preservation: establishing a water research archive for water-related information sources", June 2015 edition of the Journal for Contemporary History, Vol 40, Issue 1, pp. 195-207
  • Article “Role of public archivists in post-apartheid South Africa: passive custodians or proactive narrators” Archives and Records, volume 37 issue 2, pp. 1-23.


  • Assisting writing and revising training material for Unisa: Centre for Applied Information & Communication:
  • Basic Archives and Records Management Course; Intermediate Archives and Records    Management Course; and File Plan Workshop
  • Sorted, arranged and developed finding aids for  South African History Archive at University of the Witwatersrand:
    • Lawyers for Human Rights (2005)
    • Julian Knight and Rudolf Jansen Truth and Reconciliation Commission Collection (2006)
  • Served on the Branch Committee South African Society of Archivists from 1994-2003: Chairperson 1999-2002; and on South African Society of Archivists National Committee from 2003–2004.
  • Formulated Records management systems for: Anglo American Technical Division (2002); Trade and Investment South Africa (2002); Department of Public Enterprises (2003); Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature (2003); Uganda National Social Security Fund (2003); Agricultural Research Council (2006); South African Human Rights Commission (2006); South African Broadcasting Association (2007)
  • ICA-Req Liaison Workgroup International Council of Archives (ICA) South African Working Group, Co-wrote Module 3: Standardising a training manual and workbook for records management: Principles and Functional Requirements for Records in Electronic Office Environments (2010 – 2012)
  • Facilitated records management and electronic records management workshops and courses for: South African Parliament; South African Police Services; Department of Public Enterprises; University of Fort Hare; Department of Communications; South African Human Rights Commission; Agriculture Research Council and its Institutes; Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature; Department of Justice; South African Broadcasting Agency; Eastern Cape: Department of Housing, Local Government and Traditional Affairs; Johannesburg Roads Agency; Municipality of Klerksdorp; Ekurhuleni Municipality; Brits Municipality; Lemark Training and Development; Knowledge Upgrade Management; and Records Management Master Class for Marcus Evans, in Nairobi.
  • Since 2015, serving on the Archival Platform's National Dialogue Forum