Lis Program Evaluation In South Africa


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  • the main thing I would stress is that programs must be sustainable and must reflect the information needs of the local culture in order to remain relevant and successful. 
  • Lis Program Evaluation In South Africa

    1. 1. South Africa has the longest history of library science training in all of Africa, starting in 1933. There are currently 14 institutions offering professional and paraprofessional degrees in Library Science in South Africa The Library and Information Science Association of South Africa (LIASA) is the official regulating body for the profession, but they have not been very successful at implementing standards, because they are a fairly recent organization.
    2. 2. LIS programs in South Africa vary intensely from one institution to the next. There is a visible need for LIS professionals in South Africa, but there is not enough supply to fulfill the demand. As researchers, we are interested in knowing how alumni of these programs feel about the quality of their education, so that we may suggests ways to improve the LIS profession in South Africa.
    3. 3.  Dennis Ochalla  S o l o mo n B o p a p e  E l l e n R . Ti s e  Mabel K Minishi Manjana  Nisha Sewdass and J.C. Theron  J. Raju
    4. 4.  28 Question Survey  Mailed to 351 alumni (assuming a population of 4,000)  A hoped for response rate of 63%  A 6 part survey with many open ended questions  Information about the respondent  Information about the respondent’s education  Information about the specific LIS program  Information concerning faculty’s teaching style  Information about the respondent’s employment  Prediction of future trends and current needs
    5. 5.  Correlation Analysis  Cluster Analysis  Means and modes  Expert Opinion
    6. 6. Professional input Inclusion of biases Cost effective Satisfaction is Subjective Possibility of supporting institutions to gauge whether their contributions have been effective (friends of South African libraries, like the Carnegie Foundation, UNESCO, etc.)
    7. 7. More research need to be done. Therefore, this is only one aspect of the needed research . Comparative studies also must be done between different types of LIS training (i.e. Technikon vs. university) Focus groups could be organized among alumni to get more ideas. The faculty's opinion could be researched.
    8. 8. Much work has been done by South Africans and supporting institutions (IFLA, UNESCO, etc) to insure the sustainability of LIS services in this region. Evaluation of LIS training and education programs is essential because strong library services start with strong librarians.