A tracer study of the East African School of Libraryand Information Science graduates 1995-1999 working in Uganda

Edith Lutwama, I.M.N. Kigongo-Bukenya

Abstract


The study examined the appropriateness of EASLIS curriculum to the professional practice in LIS fields in Uganda. It
sought to establish where EASLIS. BLIS and M. Sc. Inf. Sc. graduates work. what they do, and whether their education and
training meets employer expectations It further identified areas of the curriculum that need revision. The study was
mainly qualitative. Purposeful sampling using the snowball/chain and homogeneous strategies were applied. Methods
included focus group interviews, content analysis and observation. The findings reveal that the majority of EASLIS
graduates from 1995-1999 are employed in academic, government. banking and NGO libraries where they perform
various professional activities; employers complain about lack of practical skills among the graduates, the staff-student
ratio is unmpnageable and specialization through electives is inadequate. It concludes that the curriculum is slanted
towards traditional libraries, though not exclusively; the general nature of the curriculum has met some disapproval; the
ever-changing LIS scene demands continuing education (CE); the EASLIS academic staff workload affects staff in doing
research and participating in professional activities; la facilities still leave much to be desired, practicals are lacking in
the current curriculum. It recommends that Information Communication Technology be enhanced in the curriculum;
Library and ICT facilities be improved; the curriculum should be market driven; field information professionals should also
lecture students; the teaching load should be manageable; and practicals be incorporated in the curriculum; and the
Uganda Library Association should be more involved in Uganda Library and Information Education.

Keywords


open access; scholarly publishing; journals; survey

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/70-2-675

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