Article : The History And Development Of Library And Information Science Education In Ethiopia

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The History And Development Of Library And Information Science Education In Ethiopia

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Lawrence Abraham Gojeh

This paper discussed the history and development of library and information science education in Ethiopia. A longitudinal survey research method was employed for the study. Data were collected using documentary analysis, observation and personal experiences. Results show that library and information science education dates back to the 1960s at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. The program by government institution was at a break for over a decade from 1999 to 2005. Jimma University resurrected it as “a child of necessity”, which gave birth to other universities launching the program at Adama, Makelle, Haramaya, Gondar, Asosa and Bule Hora with a transformed name of “Information Science”. However, on the curriculum of the program passed through various transformations in terms of content, structure and weighting. The program is not without challenges that includes the sustainability of of program; lack of a professional and scholarly journal or newsletter; lack of Doctoral degree program in the discipline; stakeholders support for the program; lack of “Dynamic or Kinetic” Professional Association and the instability of nomenclature for both degree awarded and the department. The paper concludes by noting the epileptic growth and challenges faced by the library and information science education in Ethiopia and how it should make amends for its better future. It finally praised the attainment of the program in terms of its current status; by recognizing the continued increase in the establishment of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in tertiary institutions in the country.  

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