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Sound and audiovisual archives are critical media for the storage and preservation of an institution or a country’s intellectual and cultural heritage. As the world moves towards the knowledge economy it becomes imperative for all countries to prioritise the proper management of sound and audiovisual archives as a way to preserve cultural capital for posterity. This paper will examine the strategies that are in place to facilitate easier access to sound and audiovisual archives. The writers will also explore the dynamic nature of users with diverse with regards to basic and digital literacy. It will also highlight the challenges that the country’s National Archives is encountering in the management of sound and audiovisual archives. It will highlight the factors that are impeding proper management of sound and audiovisual archives at the National Archives of Zimbabwe. It will examine the aspect of sustainability with regards to providing access to sound and audiovisual archives. The article will explore the prospects for migrating from traditional to online access. It will also explore the aspect of collaboration through Public and Private Sector Partnership to facilitate wider and easier access to sound and audio archives. The treatise will also explore the prospects for migrating towards digital technology. It will also come up with recommendations to improve access to sound and audiovisual archives in Zimbabwe.
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