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Education Research International
Volume 2011, Article ID 705372, 9 pages
Review Article

Library and Information Science Education and Training in Uganda: Trends, Challenges, and the Way Forward

East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

Received 23 September 2010; Revised 5 March 2011; Accepted 25 May 2011

Academic Editor: Susan Hallam

Copyright © 2011 Constant Okello-Obura and I. M. N. Kigongo-Bukenya. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In today's public and private sectors, corporate governance is a key focus, and management of libraries, records, archives, and information centers is an increasingly important preoccupation. This implies that the issue of LIS education should not be taken lightly. As the economy grows, the demand for information will propel the demand for LIS professionals because of the need to manage different kinds of documents. This paper, based on relevant literature review and the authors' experience as LIS practitioners and educators, aims at discussing this subject and highlights important issues to be addressed. The paper makes a brief exploration of LIS education in Uganda, identifies the challenges, and proposes strategies as the way forward. It recommends that as LIS education and training seeks a wider role in society, there is a need to prepare students for careers in a rapidly changing world. This requires multidisciplinary education, greater emphasis on core knowledge, and fully well-articulated graduate programmes to meet the requisite of LIS professionals.