Information plays a vital role in institutions’ organization and management as well as in national development. Investment in training human resources to manage information services (libraries, record centers, archives, document centers, community multipurpose information centers, etc.) is a direct contribution to both institutional and national development systems. The institutions have the major goal of contributing to national development and need information to fulfill their mandates. This view is backed by the new Educational Policy of Uganda that puts a lot of emphasis on the quality of information services.
Efficient and effective management of information handling institutions (libraries, information centers etc.) require well trained, equipped and competent human resource. The diploma level in information management professional hierarchy is a necessary strategic link between the certificate holders and the graduate librarians.
In the information management job market, most libraries and information centers have limited capacity and can only afford intermediary staff with appropriate professional skills like diploma and certificate holders. Even in big information services, Para-professional cadre services are needed to support professionals who usually perform managerial roles.
This intermediary training at diploma level provides an outlet for certificate holders and others for upgrading.
As stipulated in the Makerere University Quality Assurance Policy (4.8: 2008), DLIS is now due for review.
For DLIS programme, all the courses from 1st to 2nd year are core. Students are required to do a research project and internship towards the end of the programme.
The programme aims at teaching students theory and practice in Library and Information Science at a para-professional level. The programme prepares and equips students with libraries, information centers, etc. management knowledge and skills.
The objectives of the programme are to:
|DLS 1106||Libraries in their Social Setting||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 1102||Classification: Theory & Practice I||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 1103||Cataloguing: Theory and Practice I||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 2104||Information Technology I||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 1107||Basic Accounts||60||-||60||4|
|Year I Semester II|
|DLS 1201||Management and Administration of|
|Libraries and Information Institutions||60||-||60||4|
|DLS 1202||Classification: Theory and Practice II||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 1203||Cataloguing: Theory and Practice II||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 2201||Information Technology II||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 1206||Communication Skills||45||30||60||4|
|Year II Semester I|
|DLS 2203||Community Information Services||60||-||60||4|
|DLS 2106||Specialized Information Services||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 2103||Records Management and Archival||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 1104||Marketing of Information Services||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 2105||School Library Studies||45||30||60||4|
|Year II Semester II|
|DLS 2206||Database Management||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 2207||Publishing and Book trade||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 1204||Bibliographic Control||45||30||60||4|
|DLS 2207||Internship -||240||8|
|Year 1 Sem.1 CU||Year 1 Sem. 2
|Year 2 Sem. 1
|Year 2 Sem. 2