Schools Digital Campus Trainers

Trainers for Schools Digital Campus 2023

We would like to introduce to you our team of experienced trainers for the Schools Digital Campus 2023


All our trainers are actively working in the area of digitisation and digital archiving

David Larsen BA (UCT), DipCS, MCS (Regent College) founded Africa Media Online in March 2000. Since then he has pioneered non destructive preservation quality digitisation and long-term digital archiving in South Africa. He led the team that wrote the best practices for South Africa’s National Policy on the Digitisation of Heritage Resources and has led the development of Preservatio, Africa’s first digital preservation repository system. David has presented papers at leading conferences in Africa and around the world including at the IIF conference at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, IASA conference at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, 2+3D Photography: Practice and Prophecies conference at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He also pioneered Africa Media Online’s Heritage Digital Campus which has been run around the country in collaboration with institutions such as the National Library of South Africa, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the University of Fort Hare and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Deon Schutte worked as a freelance typesetter in the educational publishing industry in South Africa for many years. In 2018 he completed his B.INF (Bachelor of Information Science) through the University of South Africa and his B.INF Honours in 2019. Deon is a MPhil (Master of Philosophy, specialising in Digital Curation) student at the University of Cape Town. He is a Fellow of the South African Chefs Association, the Chair of the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers and he serves on the Coordinating Committee of the NDSA, he is a national committee member of the SABS/Technical Committee 0046 (Information and documentation), and further serves on the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Editorial Policy Committee (EPC). Deon lives in Pietermaritzburg (ZA) and is a freelance consultant for metadata quality control, curation of collections, digital arrangement of archives and quality assurance of projects.

Fiona Bell, MIS (Natal), started her career in libraries as the Children’s Librarian of a public library. She went on to spend many years lecturing in Library and Information Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This included teaching at various levels, from School Library Diploma students to supervising Master’s degree students. One of her areas of expertise was Cataloging and Classification, which has enabled her to transition smoothly into her role as the Metadata Lead at Africa Media Online.