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Prospects and constraints of staff development in the University of Malawi Libraries

Patrick Mapulanga (Kamuzu College of Nursing Library, University of Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 6 May 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to look at staff development and its challenges in the University of Malawi Libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study design was used to collect qualitative and quantitative data. University Budget Estimates from 2004/2005 to 2010/2011 financial years were analysed. Data from the University of Malawi Strategic Plan 2005-2009 were examined. Interviews were conducted with college librarians in the University of Malawi Libraries. Documentary evidence was also used.

Findings

Study findings indicate that staff development in the University of Malawi Libraries has emphasised on professional qualification in Library and Information Studies. However, due to financial constraints, the majority of the library staff lacks LIS professional qualifications. This study recommends that libraries should consider budgeting for continuing professional development (CPD).

Practical implications

Staff development requires continuous funding and time. This study recommends the CPD approach to staff development in academic libraries. The study also recommends the introduction of an education levy to benefit skills and training needs for higher education institutions.

Originality/value

There is dearth of literature on staff development in academic libraries in Malawi. This paper seeks to recommend CPD.

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Citation

Mapulanga, P. (2014), "Prospects and constraints of staff development in the University of Malawi Libraries", The Bottom Line, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 29-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/BL-08-2013-0023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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