International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 226

Full Length Research Paper

Library and information science (LIS) education and training in Kenya: Emergence, evolution, challenges and opportunities

Harrison Bii
  • Harrison Bii
  • School of Information Science, University of Kabianga, Kericho, Kenya.
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Monica, W. Rukwaro*
  • Monica, W. Rukwaro*
  • School of Information Science, University of Kabianga, Kericho, Kenya.
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  •  Received: 26 August 2015
  •  Accepted: 03 November 2015
  •  Published: 29 February 2016

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the reasons for the development of Library and Information Science (LIS) education in Kenya, challenges that LIS education has been facing and suggestions for solutions to these challenges are given. The methodology used was literature survey, questionnaires to founding members of staff of the oldest schools of LIS education, authors’ experiences with and exposures of LIS education. Analysis of the data on the questionnaire was done using content analysis. The findings revealed that there were challenges in LIS education in Kenya: inadequate teaching staff, shortage of teaching materials and infrastructure among others. The solutions to these challenges were suggested.  These  findings  are  of  importance  to  LIS  educators  and  students  in  Kenya  since  LIS education is hardly three decades in Kenya and therefore it is still evolving.

Key words: Library, information science, education, training curriculum, challenges in information science education, universities, college and information science education.