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Welcome to EASLIS
East Africa School of Library & Information Science.
Dr. Sarah Kaddu Birungi, Dean – EASLIS
The East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) is one of the two schools that constitute the Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS). It was established in 1963, and this year 2023, it celebrated 60 years. The school pioneered the training of Librarians and Information scientists in the East African region who have diligently served in different capacities across the social stratum including being University Vice Chancellors, Land Officers, Newspaper anchors, Commissioners, college heads, university librarians, political leaders,among others for Uganda and beyond.
The school programs started from Certificate and Diploma levels which later were upgraded to Degrees and Post Graduate studies. Currently, the school offers Bachelors, Masters’ Degrees (both in Library science and Records and Archives management) and Ph.D. in Information Science, producing a range of skilled professionals with competencies in Library Science, Records and Archive Management, Digital Libraries and Repository Managers, System analysts, Researchers, Information Literacy facilitators and trainer Publishers, among others. This feat has been attained through collaborative efforts with other partner institutions in Europe, Sub Saharan Africa, West Africa and the United States
History of EASLIS
The East African School of Librarianship (EASL) was established in 1963 with initial support from American and British Agencies, then known as the East African School of Librarianship (EASL). It started training students the East, Central and Southern Africa by offering a Certificate in Librarianship. Later, the Diploma in Library and Information Studies was introduced. In 1989, the School introduced the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) programme and this was a springboard for professional Library and Information Science training and research.
The integration of information science in the curriculum led to the change of the school name to the East African School of Library and Information Science, as is called today. The School stood as an independent academic unit equivalent to a faculty until 2011, when it merged with the School of Computer Science to form the current College of Computing and Information Sciences.
The school evolved from one certificate programme to offering seven programmes, including
- Certificate in Library and Information Studies – since inception
- Diploma in Library and Information Studies
- Diploma in Records and Archives Management
- Bachelor of Library and Information Science – since 1989
- Master of Science in Information Science – since 1997
- Master of Science in Records and Archives Management – Since 2016
- Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science – Since 2004
Note: The school will soon start a Doctor of Philosophy in Archival studies
The East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) has two (2) Departments; namely
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Teaching and research resources
Teaching and research resources
EASLIS is connected to the Internet; it also has a Local Area Network. There are more than 7,000 textbooks and reference books and 175 titles of periodicals in the EASLIS Teaching and Learning Resource Centre. The School also uses the University Main Library for other information resources (E-resources and online public access catalogue).
The School also utilizes the Makerere University Library (MAKLIB) facilities specifically the International Development Agency (IDA) collection, Africana special collection including national depository materials, and Reference Section, Microfilming, bindery as facilities for demonstration, research study carrels, and postgraduate computer laboratory. MAKLIB is one of the three designated national legal depositories (besides Uganda Management Institute (UMI) and National Library of Uganda (NLU)) for materials from government and international organizations.
The school has a number of Lecture Spaces comprising three lecture rooms of varying sizes, computer lecturer room, and seminar room. In addition to the above, EASLIS utilizes the learning space at Makerere University, which is managed centrally
There are two computer laboratories, one for Postgraduate students and one for undergraduate students. For undergraduate students, it is 63square meters in size to accommodate 40 computers.
There are 20 functional computers, Media Technology unit containing 1 TV monitor, a video deck, and 2 LCD projectors. The school also uses the microfilming laboratory and the music digitization unit of the main library.
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