CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION STUDIES

Role and functions

Programme aim The aim of the programme is to train professionals in areas of library and information studies, which are undergoing rapid conceptual change, quite often, key to information management not only in Kenya, but the world over. The programme concentrates on issues in communication of information, its storage and retrieval, information resources, systems and services. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving, synthesis of knowledge, ability to experiment and adapt to change, and the development of inquisitive and original thinking. The programme is taught within the Kenyan context. However, reference will be made to international context in the form of case studies. All aspects, whether managerial, technological, social or economic, are studied having in mind what can and is being achieved in Kenya and Africa.

Introduction

Information provision in Kenya is evolving rapidly through the establishment and development of libraries and information centres in both public and private sectors, in industry, commerce, business and non-governmental organizations. There is need, therefore, for information specialists who understand the complexities of information generation, who can effectively manage information resources, provide and develop quality services, teach and undertake research.

Programme Level

  


The programme will be offered at certificate level. The certificate level programmes will take four terms i.e. 2 terms per module. The examining body shall be Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Certificate Level

To be eligible for admission into a certificate programmes, the KCSE certificate holder must have, or attain a minimum aggregate of grade D (plain)

Course Units at Module I

  1. Library operations
  2. Information Resources and services
  3. Communication skills
  4. ICT
  5. Computer literacy
  6. Quantitative skills
  7. Entrepreneurship project

Course Units at Module II

  1. Archives operations
  2. Records management
  3. Mail and courier services
  4. Professional ethics
  5. Preservation and conservation of
    information
  6. Project

Future Prospects

Information studies is a relatively new programme and therefore, its job market has not been saturated with graduates. Moreover, the information industry is rapidly expanding hence the incessant need of information professionals in all sectors of the industry. After successful completion of the course, students advance to Diploma level in Information Studies