The strategic direction of the University is a key guiding framework that needs to be understood by all the stakeholders. This is envisioned through the provision of innovative teaching, learning, research and services that are responsive to national and global needs. The Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) is at the fore front of advancing LIS education in Uganda. This will be achieved through the LIS curriculum that consists of a broad framework of areas of knowledge and practice that characterize library and information work. The curriculum which has evolved over time to accommodate changing needs is designed to be flexible and adaptable. One common challenge is to produce graduates who are smart, inquisitive and innovative. This is a continuing process through which diverse interests may be accommodated and cooperative action may be taken.
LIS professionals require knowledge, which consists of the domain specialist knowledge that practitioners are expected to acquire for current and future professional practice. In addition, the LIS professional practices within a specific environment in which ethical, legal, policy and organisational issues need to be understood at an appropriate level. In order to apply domain-specific knowledge and skills the LIS professionals need a range of generic and transferable skills, including computer and information literacy, interpersonal skills, communication skills, management skills especially relating to human and financial resources, marketing ability, training and mentoring skills and familiarity with research methods.
The era of the Internet raises important issues about innovations in teaching and changes in pedagogy. Perhaps now, however, we have legitimate reason to implement e-learning and learner centered approaches that have been proven over time but rarely practiced. I encourage staff and students to embrace e-learning as well as student centered approaches which allow effective learning to occur. Management shall ensure commitment to the establishment, implementation, operation, monitoring, review and improvement of e-learning and leaner centered approaches.
We Build for the Future.
Dr. Sarah Kaddu (PhD)
Chair, Department of Library and Information Sciences
East African School of Library and Information Sciences (EASLIS)
College of Computing and Information Sciences