Our Department places a high priority on Community engagement . Some of our academic development projects are listed below.
During 2021 the CODATA-RDA Summer School was hosted by the Department of Information Science in collaboration with DIRISA, SADiLaR and NeDICC, and was run as a virtual programme from 3rd May until 9th July 2021. To read the News item, click here.
In 2020 the summer school took place from 13-24 January. Some funding remained after the Carnegie conference, and the CCNY gave permission that the Department could apply the funding to sponsor a number of students to attend the summer school. To read the News item, click here.
The Summer School Group 2020
This capstone conference took place 25-29 March 2019 at Kievits Kroon, Tshwane. The conference was funded through the remainder of the Carnegie grants after six MIT intakes and ten CPD courses. M.IT and CPD students were invited to present their research at the conference. The Conference was preceded by a two-day refresher course, updating students on recent developments in inter alia requirements for a 21st century academic library. For the conference presentations, click here.
In 2010 the Department obtained a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) for the development and presentation of a Master’s programme in Information Technology for librarians at tertiary institutions working in an IT environment and LIS personnel. The Department in cooperation with the two other departments within the School of Information Technology and local and international partners offered a fully funded specialised two year coursework degree at Masters level in Information Technology (M.IT degree) as from January 2011 until 2016. In total, 120 students from Carnegie-funded countries were selected for the programme. The programme is now continuing as a self-funded distance education programme, MIT ICT Information Science, with the first intake in 2017.
To build capacity in research in the information sciences in South Africa, DANIDA funded a programme. Our Department in cooperation with the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the University of the North (currently the University of Limpopo) selected a group of twenty Master’s and Doctoral students to attend six week-long courses on advanced topics in information science. The courses were organized and managed by international and local experts, Professor Theo Bothma of the University of Pretoria, Professor Peter Ingwersen and Professor Irene Wormell of the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen,and Professor Rocky (MD) Ralebipi-Simela of the University of the North. This outreach project continued until 2006.
|Prof Theo Bothma||Prof Peter Ingwersen||Prof Irene Wormell||Prof Rocky Ralebipi-Simela|
In 2002 the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Zululand identified our Department as their preferred partner in a project funded by the DoE/EU links programme. The aim of the programme was to become involved in curriculum development at the University of Zululand and to establish a collaborative research programme. A symposium was held on the identified topic for collaborative research and continued until 2004.
Our Department of Information Science presented many short courses and conferences under the auspices of the Department's Centre for Information Development, from 1992 to 2000, when the function was taken over by the University's company Continuing Education at UP, and later Enterprises at UP. The purpose was to present continuing education in the information sciences and related fields.
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