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Associate Professor Constant Okello-Obura holds a Doctorate of Literature and Philosophy in Information Science from the University of South Africa, Master of Science in Information Science and a Bachelor of Library and Information Science from Makerere University.

He is an Associate Professor of Information Science in the Department of Library and Information Science and teaches Bibliometric Studies, Community Information Systems and Services, Quantitative Research Methods, Analysis, Information Science Policy Studies, Information Entrepreneurship and Design of Records Management Systems among others.

He has served as the Dean of the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) from January 2011 to July 2013. Prior to this, he worked as the Head of Department of Records and Archives Management, Director of EASLIS from 1st June 2010 to 31st January, 2011. During his time at the helm of EASLIS, the School has:

-Increased its enrolment,

- Initiated collaborations with different partners among others Valdosta State University of USA, University of Pretoria, S.A, Wisconsin University Milwaukee, USA, University of South Africa

Initiated courses - MSc. in Records and Archives Management and MSc. in Agricultural Communication and Information Management

  • -Improved on the hygiene -Witnessed open minded discourse of ideologies
  • -Strengthened student leadership within the overall School leadership framework
  • -Built good working relationship with different stakeholders
  • -Improved on the graduation rate of the graduate students

He has also served as the chairperson of all academic committees of the EASLIS Board and as a member of the Makerere University Senate and the following committees: Academic and Administrative Boards of the College of Computing and Information Sciences, sub-committees of the Academic Board of College of Computing and Information Sciences. In addition, he is an External Examiner, Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe and Kabale University, Uganda.

Assoc. Prof. Obura is the current president of the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA) and a Research Fellow at the Department of Information Sciences, UNISA. Before he was elected as the President of ULIA, he had served as the Vice President for three years. In 2013, he was selected as the best Alumni of year by the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa.

He has conducted various research in the field of Information Science and published widely in reputable journals. Currently he is working on Utilisation of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching by academic staff of Makerere University, Quality Dimensions of Websites and provision of business information by East African Governments Websites.

SPECIAL AWARD

Academic award for supporting and promoting Information Ethics  awarded by ANIE during the 4th  ANIE International Conference on Information Ethics that took place on July 2-4, 2014 in Kampala (Uganda) ( Available: http://www.capurro-fiek-foundation.org/awards.html, 20th July 2014).

Award IREX Fellowship supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York from 14th September – 8th November 2014. Fellowship was carried out in George Mason University, FairFax, Virginia State, USA on Research Management.

RESOURCES MOBILIZATION/ GRANTS WON

  • INASP Grant of USD 6000 for the development of MSc in Records and Archives Management in 2008
  • INASP Grant of USD 4600 for the pedagogical training in LIS for LIS leaders in 2013
  • USD 122,084 Grant Number-RU 2014 NG 21: Support for the Implementation of an Online Master of Science in Agricultural Information and Communication Management (MSc AICM)- Grant won in 2014
  • Bill and Melinda Foundation Grant for AgShare Project of USD 50,000 for the Development of Agricultural Indigenous Knowledge Database- Grant won in 2014 http://agshare-ik.mak.ac.ug

PUBLICATIONS in peer-refereed journals

1. Okello-Obura, C. Majanja-Minishi, MK., & Cloete, L. (2006). Business Information Systems Design for Uganda’s Economic Development: The Case of Northern Uganda. Mousaion, 24(1): 119-144

2. Okello-Obura, C. , Majanja-Minishi, MK., Cloete, L. & Ikoja-Odongo, J.R. (2008). Sources of Business Information and Means of Access used by SMEs in Uganda: The Case of northern Uganda, Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal (LIBRES), 18(1), March 2008. Available at: http://libres.curtin.edu.au/libres18n1/Okello-Obura_Fina_rev.pdf.

3. Okello-Obura, C. , Majanja-Minishi, MK., Cloete, L. & Ikoja-Odongo, J.R. 2008. Business activities and information needs of SMEs in northern Uganda: prerequisites for an information system, Library management, 29(4/5): 367-391. 2008. Available at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/ViewContentServlet?Filename=Published/EmeraldFullTextArticle/Articles/0150290408.html.

4. Okello-Obura, C. , Majanja-Minishi, MK., Cloete, L. & Ikoja-Odongo, J.R. 2007. Assessment of business information access problems in Uganda. Partnership: Canadian Journal for Library and Information practice and Research, Vol.2, No.2 2007.Available:
http://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/306/579.

5. Okello-Obura, C. & Kigongo-Bukenya, IMK. 2008. Financial Management: Analysis of Budgeting Strategies for LIS programmes, Uganda’s Experience (2008), Library Review, Volume 57, Issue 7. Available at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/ViewContentServlet?Filename=Published/EmeraldFullTextArticle/Articles/0350570704.html.

6. Okello-Obura, C. & Magara, E. (2008). Electronic information Access and Utilisation by Makerere University Students in Uganda. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, Volume 3, Number 3, 2008. Available: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/935/3328.

7. Okello-Obura, C. , Majanja-Minishi, MK., Cloete, L. & Ikoja-Odongo, J.R. (2008). Improving Information Use by SMEs in Northern Uganda through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Mousaion , 26(1) 2008.

8. Okello-Obura, C. , Majanja-Minishi, MK., Cloete, L. & Ikoja-Odongo, J.R. (2009). Proposed Business Information System Design (BISD) for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Uganda, Libri, International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, Vol. 59,No.1. 2009.

9. Okello-Obura, C. (2009). Positioning Records and Archives Education in Uganda: an analysis of the trend, ESARBICA Journal, JOURNAL OF THE EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL BRANCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON ARCHIVES, 28, 2009.

10. Tuhumwire, I & Okello-Obura, C. (2010). Sources and means of access to legal information by lawyers in Uganda, Library Philosophy and Practices, April, 2010, ISSN 1522-0222, Available; http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/tuhumwire-okello-obura.pdf.

11. Tuhumwire, I & Okello-Obura, C. (2010). Assessment of legal information needs and access problems of lawyers in Uganda. Library Philosophy and Practice, May (2010), ISSN 1522-0222. http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/tuhumwire-okello-obura2.pdf.

12. Okello-Obura, C. (2010). Assessment of the problems LIS postgraduate students face in accessing e-resources in Makerere University, Uganda, Collection Building, 2010, Volume 29, Issue 3: PP 98-105, Available: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0160-4953&volume=29&issue=3&articleid=1871154&show=html.

13. Okello-Obura, C. & Ikoja-Odongo, J.R. (2010). Electronic information seeking among LIS postgraduate students at Makerere University, Uganda, Library Philosophy and Practice, ISSN 1522-0222. Available at: http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/okello-obura-ikojo-odongo.htm.

14. Okello-Obura, C. & Majanja, M.K. (2010). A theoretical framework for designing an information system for business enterprises, GYANKOSH: The Journal of Library and Information Management, Vol. 1 Issue 1 2010.

15. Okello-Obura, C. (2011). Records and Archives Legal and policy frameworks in Uganda, Library Philosophy and Practice, Available: http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/okello-obura.pdf.

16. Okello-Obura, C. & Matovu, J. (2011). SMEs and Business Information Provision strategies: analytical perspective, Library Philosophy and Practice, Available: http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/okello-obura-matova.pdf.

17. Okello-Obura, C & Muzaki, F. (August 2015). An audit of records and information management practices and ICTs utilisation among SMEs in northern Uganda. Library Philosophy and Practice,available at: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3286&context=libphilprac.

18.  Okello-Obura, C. & Sssekitto, F. (2015). Web 2.0 technologies application in teaching and learning by Makerere university academic staff, Library Philosophy and Practice, (E-Journal), available at: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3326&context=libphilprac.

19.  Isaac M.N. Kigongo-Bukenya , Constant Okello-Obura, Eliz Nassali State , (2015) "The correct language of cataloguing local publications in East Africa", New Library World, Vol. 116 Iss: 9/10, pp.517 - 526

20. Okello-Obura, C. (2015). Assessment of quality of East African Governments Websites and Support to SMEs in business information provision, Library Philosophy and Practice (e-Journal)

21. Okello-Obura, C., Kidaaga, J and Kacunguzi, D. (2015). Application of Information Technologies in Business Operations and Access to Business Information by Small and Medium Enterprises in Western Uganda, MOUSAION 33 (1)

22. Okello-Obura, C (2012). Effective records and information management as a catalyst for fighting corruption, Information Development

23. Okello-Obura, C. (2012) "Records and information management practices among SMEs in Tororo district, Uganda", Library Review, Vol. 61 Iss: 6, pp.447 – 469, available: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0024-2535&volume=61&issue=6&articleid=17056772&show=html&PHPSESSID=m12q7e8gg3428nkh46ed6mb6p4.

24. Nassali, E.; Kigongo-Bukenya, I.M.N and Okello-Obura, C.  (2014). The correct language for local publications in East Africa: a qualitative inquiry into subject cataloguing, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) 3: 371-740: An international Journal of Library and Information Science

25. Waiswa, R. and Okello-Obura, C. (2014). To what extent have ICTs contributed to e-Governance in Uganda? Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)paper 1125, http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/1125/

26. Mayende, J. E. K. and Okello-Obura, C. (2013.) Distance Library Services in Ugandan Libraries, Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning: ISSN: 1533-290X
Gakibayo, Anna; Ikoja-Odongo, J. R.; and Okello-Obura, C. (2013)- "Electronic Information Resources Utilization by students in Mbarara University Library". Library Philosophy and Practice, Available: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/869.

27. Okello-Obura, C. (2012). Records and Information Management as a Conduit to Effective Auditing, ESARBICA Journal, Vol. 31

28. Okello-Obura, C. (2012). Reforms at Makerere University in Uganda: Implications for Information Science with a focus on Records and Archives Management Education in the Digital Era, ESARBICA Journal 31
29. Okello-Obura, C. (2011). Designing a postgraduate programme in Records and Archives Management in a Developing Country: analytical and strategic approach, INFOTRENDS: An International Journal of Information & and Knowledge Management, Vol. 1, No.1 2011.

30. Okello-Obura, C. & Bukirwa, J. (2011). An assessment of Makerere University Library and Information Science Students’ participation in field attachments, MOUSAION; South African Journal of Information Studies, 29(1).

31. Okello-Obura, C. & Ssekitto, F. (2011). Records and information disaster preparedness in selected organisations in Uganda, ESARBICA: Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of The International Council on Archives, Volume 30

32. Okello-Obura, C (2011). Utilisation of ICTs by SMEs in records and information management in Uganda: a baseline study, South Africa Archives Journal, Vol. 1

33. Okello-Obura, C. (2011). Assessment of the problem postgraduate students face in accessing e-resources at Makerere University, Uganda: a comparison between Education and LIS students, Mousaion, South African Journal of Information Studies, 29 (2)

32. Okello-Obura, C. & Ikoja-Odongo, J.R. (2010). Electronic information seeking among LIS postgraduate students at Makerere University, Uganda, Library Philosophy and Practice, ISSN 1522-0222

Conference papers

Presented a number of conference papers in workshops, seminars and conferences.  

Thesis, Dissertation and Academic papers

1. Factors that have delayed the establishment of Makerere University Press, 1994 (Dissertation)

2. Software Selection for information management systems: A case study of Makerere University Library, 2000. (Dissertation)

3. Business information systems design for Uganda’s economic development: The case of SMEs in northern Uganda. 2007. (Thesis).

4. Utilisation of electronic information resources by Makerere University students. Paper presented at the 5th Pan-African Reading for All Conference in Ghana, 6th – 10th August, 2007
5. Financial management: analysis of budgeting strategies for LIS and the way forward. A paper presented in the 1st Library & Information Science Educators Seminar at Makerere University, Kampala, January 14th- 18th, 2008.

6. Positioning Records and Archives Education in Uganda: an analysis of the trend. Paper presented at the First Department of Information Science Conference on Archives, held in September 2008 at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.

Training Manuals

1. Makerere University Library Services Cataloguing manual, 1998.

2. Revision Questions in “O” Level Mathematics with solutions, 1996, Revised 2004.

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