Members of Library and Information Associations from Uganda and Tanzania recently participated in a two-day workshop aimed at empowering them with skills to design and review curricula for Library and Information Science (LIS) courses. “We noted that most LIS professional leaders were not well conversant with issues to do with curriculum design and review, so we organized this training to share these skills with them,” said Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello Obura, the President of the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA).
Assoc. Prof. Obura, who is also the dean of the East African School of Library and Information Sciences (EASLIS), said ULIA would soon expand the training to cater for all library associations within the East African region. He added that the training will go a long way in improving the quality of LIS graduates since members of the associations are often tasked with quality assurance of the LIS education.
The workshop, organized by ULIA, in conjunction with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) and EASLIS was attended by over 10 participants.
The members noted that the training would significantly improve their work and improve quality of LIS education since they are often called upon to participate in curriculum design and review workshops. They also agreed to share the skills with other members in their respective associations
The training, facilitated by Dr. Betty Akullu Ezati and Dr. Charles Opolot Okurut from Makerere University also provided a forum for leaders of LIS training institutions and LIS associations to define a strategy of how to work together for the benefit of LIS training in the region.
The members also agreed to lobby the government to support the School Library Policy in order to improve literacy in the schools.