Welcome to the Department of Library and Information Science.(LIS) was inaugurated in 2005 with a vision to develop human resource capacity which can respond to the library and information management needs of society at both national and international level.
The department provides innovative learning, teaching and research in the field of Library and Information Science in response to global information needs and job market. The department aims at satisfying both present and future information needs to match the dynamic information society. It is also mandated to teach, generate and impart knowledge and skills, and disseminate that knowledge in the provision of professional services to society.
There has however been an increase in the demand demonstrated by the response of applicants to the course, employers demand and need for the professionals to broaden skills and take on different employment opportunities in LIS. To satisfy this demand, the department has taken care to be gender sensitive in its admission to all programmes. It admits both female and male students unreservedly as long as they meet University entrance requirements and all the specific requirements for the programmes they have applied for.
In addition, there has been a trend in workforce needs requiring a new brand of information professionals with unique and specialized knowledge and skills, at the same time with all round capabilities to take on different tasks when required. In response, the department of LIS attempts to address this need and bridge the gap by:
- Addressing society needs through dissemination of information and knowledge.
- Balancing theory and practice through enhancement of practicum and field-based training.
- Bringing in new ideas to address the emerging trends in the job market.
- Equip the students with versatile skills to handle LIS tasks at hand.
Since its inception in 2005 with only a certificate course, the department LIS has witnessed profound development in terms of students’ enrollment and courses offered. In this regard the department has emerged from the certificate courses to diploma and bachelors programmes. Programmes currently on offer are:
- Certificate in Library and Information Science (CLS) –a one year course
- Certificate in Records Management (CRM) a one year
- Diploma in Library and Information Science (DLS) –a two years course
- Diploma in Records Management (DRM) q two years course
- Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLS) –a three years
Admission to the programme is through any of the four avenues:
- Direct Entry
- Mature Age Scheme
- Diploma Holders Scheme
- Degree Holders
- An applicant must have obtained at least two principle passes in Sciences or Arts subjects at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent and must also possess a certificate of the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent.
Mature Age Entry
- To qualify for mature entry, one shall be required to pass two special mature age university examinations in aptitude and specialized knowledge relevant to Library and Information Science. Such applicants will have to comply with the university regulations as well as National Council for Higher Education governing mature admissions.
- Holders of Diploma in related discipline from any recognized institution may be admitted to the BLIS programme. The applicants who do not have a Diploma in Library and Information Science will not have a waiver on the first year BLIS Programme.
- Holders of any Degree from a recognized university or institution of Higher learning may be admitted to the BLIS programme. Through these programmes the department equips Library and information future professionals to take on many challenges in serving the needs of their constituencies–children and teachers, members of academic communities, employees of profit and nonprofit organizations, and the public at large–constituencies that range from information poor to information rich. The department strongly encourages its students, faculty members, and alumni to shape the future of the profession by filling key roles in organizations involved in all aspects of the information cycle.