Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS)

Library and Information Science (LIS) is a discipline that aims at training information professionals to serve different stakeholders for development. LIS is considered as a cross cutting discipline in humanities, sciences and technology. In Uganda, training in LIS started in 1963 when the East African School of Librarianship (EASL) now East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) was established at Makerere University in 1963 and is one of the academic units equivalent of a faculty. EASLIS mission is “to offer education, promote research and innovation, and outreach in LIS to respond to the present and future information needs of society”. The 2008/09 – 2018/19 EASLIS Strategic Plan addresses the following goals:

  • To provide a teaching and learning environment in LIS that ensures quality of staff and students that are competitive in the changing information management environment;
  • To promote staff and students research and technology innovations in library and information management;
  • To mentor staff and students in LIS with a purpose of preparing them for employment in the ever changing public and private sector information environment.
  • To promote transfer of library and information management best practices to private and public sector;
  • To facilitate LIS academic work in the real life information management sector
  • To facilitate networking between the international, regional, private, public sector and EASLIS stakeholders.

EASLIS has three departments that were established in 2001. The departments are: Information Science, Library Science, and Records and Archives Management. Each department is engaged in teaching, supervising field attachment; conducting research, consultancy and outreach programmes in the respective sub-disciplines.

Currently, the following programmes are offered at EASLIS:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science (PhD), 3 years
  • Master of Science in Information Science (M.Sc Inf. Sc.), 2 years
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (PGDL), 1 year
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) 3 years
  • Bachelor of Records and Archives Management (BRAM) 3 years
  • Diploma in Library and Information Studies (DLIS), 2 years
  • Diploma in Records and Archives Management (DRAM), 2 years

The Bachelor of Library and Information Science was introduced in 1989 under the term system. It was restructured for the semester system in 1997 and later revised in 2003, where practicum and options were introduced. Since 2003, four cohorts have gone through the programme.

PLANS (PATHWAYS)

For the BLIS programme, all the courses from year 1 to 3 are core. However, students will be required to take two academic courses outside EASLIS during the first two years of study. These will be chosen from among the courses offered in the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Science and Fine Art.

PROGRAMME GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

Programme goal:  Developing human capacity to manage information for organizational, national and international development.

The programme objectives to:

  • Equip learners with the theory, concepts and philosophy of library and information science
  • Expose learners to practical training for  enabling them acquire competencies and skills required in the LIS profession
  • Equip learners with knowledge and skills in the management of LIS institutions in a changing society
  • Expose learners to the research process to examine LIS issues and identify solutions
  • Enable learners appreciate and adopt ICT in the management of library and information services.
  • Develop learners’ professional attitudes in information work

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

SEMESTER ONE

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS1105 Information and Society 3 45 0 45
BLS1111 Information Technology I 4 45 30 60
BLS1106 Information literacy 3 30 30` 45
BLS3120 Library Operations 3 30 30 45
  Plus at least 2 courses from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 6 Credit Units 6      
Total CU 19      

SEMESTER TWO

Code Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS1211 Information Technology II 4 45 30 60
BLS1205 Principles of Knowledge Organization 3 45 0 45
BLS1206 Publishing and Book Trade 3 45 0 45
BRM1101 Principles of Records and Archives Management 3 45 0 45
  Plus at least 2 courses from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 6 Credit Units 6      

TOTAL CU

19      

SEMESTER THREE


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS2106 Reference and Information Service 3 30 30 45
BLS2113 Classification I 4 45 30 60
BLS2112 Cataloguing I 4 45 30 60
BLS2107 Editing 3 30 30 45
BLS1213 Analysis of Information Systems 3 45 0 45
  Plus at least 1 course from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 3 Credit Units 3      

Total CU

20      

SEMESTER FOUR


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS2207 Documentation Work and Service 3 30 30 45
BLS2211 Classification II 4 45 30 60
BLS2212 Cataloguing II 4 45 30 60
BLS2208 Database Management and Information Retrieval 4 15 60 60
BLS3117 Publication Design and Production 3 30 30 45
  Plus at least 1 course from other faculties amounting to a minimum of 3 Credit Units 3      

Total CU

21      

RECESS SEMESTER


Code

Course Name

CU

LH

PH

CH

BLS2301 Field Attachment

5

 

300

 

  TOTAL CREDIT UNITS

5

 

 

 

SEMESTER FIVE


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS3122 Web Document Management 4 45 30 60
BLS3123 Research Methods 4 60 0 60
BLS3124 Multimedia Librarianship 3 30 30 45
BLS3113 Management of Information Institutions and Resources 3 45 0 45
BLS3116 Preservation and Conservation 3 30 30 45
BLS3125 Automation of Library and Information systems 4 45 30 60
           

Total CU

21      

SEMESTER SIX


Code
Course Name CU LH PH CH
BLS1112 Communication Skills and Practice 3 30 30 45
BLS3220 Community and specialized  Information Systems 3 30 30 45
BLS3221 Management of Electronic Resources 4 45 30 60
BLS3222 Legal, Policy and Information Ethics 3 45 0 45
BLS3223 Information Entrepreneurship   3 45 30 60
BLS3224 Project 5 0 150 75

Total CU

21      

TOTAL MINIMUM GRADUATION CU REQUIREMENT


YEAR 1
SEM 1 CU

YEAR 1
SEM 2 CU

YEAR 2
SEM 1 CU

YEAR  2
SEM 2 CU

RECESS
TERM

YEAR 3
SEM 1 CU

YEAR 3
SEM 2 CU

TOTAL
CU

19

19

20

21

5

21

21

126

Those with Science background take courses from the Science faculties, while those from Arts take courses from either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Those with Science background take courses from the Science faculties, while those from Arts take courses from either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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