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Professional development, manpower education and training in information sciences in Kenya

Dennis N. Ocholla (Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 1 December 1995

Abstract

Discusses issues relating to professional development and manpower training in Kenya. Provides background information on the libraries and information sciences training programmes situation. Gives attention to issues and trends affecting the information profession in training, curricula development, application of information technology, cost of information materials and the crisis in supply and demand in regard to manpower development in the information profession. Suggests that institutions for training information professionals need to observe the supply and demand trends in their environment and to adjust both the curricula and intake of trainees to the national situation. The training institutions also need to broaden the courses offered in their programmes to include computer skills, communication studies, economics of information, marketing, research methodologies, management, publishing and booktrade, resource sharing and continuing education. The market for information professionals needs to be provided with products with diversified knowledge and skills. Concludes with observations on how the problems of manpower development and training in information sciences in Kenya may be handled.

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Citation

Ocholla, D.N. (1995), "Professional development, manpower education and training in information sciences in Kenya", Library Management, Vol. 16 No. 8, pp. 11-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435129510098093

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