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“A book provides one of the best ways of preserving valuable knowledge for the present and future generation. Research, ideas and knowledge presented in a book take on a tangible format for they can be read and referenced. “

Prof. Maria Musoke is a member of staff at the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) who has authored a book titled: Informed and Healthy: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on the Value of Information to Health Care. This enlightening book uses a holistic inductive approach to highlight the value attributed to information by users and its effect on health care, as well as a new model of information behavior in which the value of information drives various information activities.

The high profile launch of the aforementioned book took place on the 27th of September 2016 in the Main Hall of Makerere University. Several high profile guests included the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who was represented by the Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, Hon. Dr. Miria R. K. Matembe, the Supreme Court Justice Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, the Deputy Principal College of Computing and IS Dr. Agnes Rwashana and other invited guests who attended the book launch to give support to Prof. Maria Musoke.

The book was published in June 2016 by the Academic Press of Elsevier; a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the book is available for purchase at ScienceDirect.com.

This book as noted by Prof. Grace Ndeezi, College of Health Sciences and Dr. Joyce Bukirwa Muwanguzi, College of Computing and IS is a valuable resource for health professionals, planners and policy makers, as well as information professionals, academics and researchers interested in health information and its applicability in different environments.

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Prof. Maria Musoke is heralded as being the first Uganda woman to hold a PhD in Information Science, which she obtained from the University of Sheffield, UK. She also holds a Masters of Librarianship and Information Science from the University of Wales, UK. Her other honours include a Post-graduate Diploma in Librarianship, and a Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Education both from Makerere University.

Prof. Maria Musoke started off her career as Librarian Makerere University Main Library, before becoming Librarian, Albert Cook Medical library for 4years. She then rose Senior Librarian in charge of Acquisitions and processing of Medical literature, and Deputy Librarian in-charge of the Medical Library. She was thereafter appointed Senior Librarian in charge of Albert Cook Medical Library, and later Documentalist/Senior Librarian Makerere University Library. Prof. Maria Musoke was appointed University Librarian from 2004- 2009 and then re-appointed University Librarian January 2010 – January 2015.

Prof. Maria Musoke has over 30 publications to her name. Please kindly refer to the attached.

During the Book Launch, the Acting Principal - College of Computing and Information Sciences introduced the author Prof. Maria Musoke to the audience comprising renowned dignitaries, scholars,academicians, family members as well as students. Prof. Maria Musoke is a lady of many “firsts” in her academic life. Please kindly refer to the attached.

On April 12th, 2016 Google announced its commitment to train 1 million young people in Africa on digital skills in the next year, as part of their contribution to growing Africa’s digital economy. With an expected half a billion internet users in Africa by 2020, there are huge opportunities for African businesses and young digital entrepreneurs. If young people have the right skills, they can build businesses, create jobs and boost economic growth across the continent.

With this in mind the College of Computing and IS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Centum Learning Ltd. to address this issue and equip a million young Africans (18 ­ 35 years) with digital skills and tools to help them build an online presence, create content, understand web design and user experience, social media and app development.

Centum Learning Ltd.­ is a leading capacity building and digital education provider that has been sponsored by Google to deliver this training to youth across Africa as part of their Digital Skills for Africa initiative. Due to this sponsorship, the trainers and the content for training are offered to all participants free of charge.

The College of Computing and IS will be the first institution across Uganda to roll out this initiative on Digital Literacy for youth. The training will include some of the following modules; Introduction to the digital world; Marketing and digital marketing; How technology affects business; and Principles of the digital world.

According to the MOU Centum Learning Ltd. will be responsible for the following

  • Customize content as per level of target audience.
  • Conduct the Training.
  • Conduct Training of Trainers (TOT) for identified in-house training for sustainable training delivery in future.
  • Provide posters, banners and social media tags for communicating the program.
  • Ascertain adequacy of venue.

while the College of Computing and IS, Makerere University will;

  • Provide training venue, chairs and tables for the seating capacity.
  • Mobilize students/participants to attend (emails, sms to students/associates).
  • Provide audio /visual equipment - projector, screen etc.
  • Provide Security Guards/marshals (Male & Female) to restrict the unauthorized entry.

The training is scheduled to commence on the 15th of October 2016 and end on the 10th of December 2016. Upon completion of the training participants will get a Google Certificate so as to have a head start over other competitors in the Digital domain.

The Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA) is a professional organization that articulates the interests of the Library and Information profession in Uganda. The association was founded in 1972 as an offshoot from the East African Library Association (EALA) founded in 1957. The association grew out of a desire to express collective aspirations in regard to the development of the profession.

Some of the objectives and strategic plan for ULIA are the development of a reading culture; interventions into national, public and school library development; Information and Communication technology adoption and use by library and information networks; LIS curriculum development issues; continuing professional and career development for LIS professionals; engagement of government, civil society organizations and the media on challenges affecting the development of the Library and Information profession.

A handover ceremony was held on the 8th September 2016 for the outgoing executive (ULIA) to the new executive (ULIA). The previous executive was led by their President Prof. Constance Okello-Obura (Principal, CoCIS) accompanied by Mr. Simon Engitu (General Secretary, ULIA), and Ms. Winny Akullo Nekesa (Publicity Secretary).

In his speech, the President welcomed the new Executive and promised them good collaboration from him and all members of ULIA. He promised his availability whenever there’s need of any support from him and will to continue serving the association. As part of the handover ceremony some of the following were discussed and handed over accordingly;

  • Current Association Constitution/By Laws/Standing Orders etc.
  • Minute Books with minutes from all meetings since ULIA commenced.
  • A list of important issues/projects, which need to be followed up or continued by the new executive.
  • Books of Accounts for current and previous years.
  • Cheques and Receipt books.
  • ULIA Assets.
  • Change of Signatories and any investment funds etc.

The new ULIA executive President Dr. Sarah Kaddu and her new team that was voted in also includes Mr. Nabongo Godfrey (Vice President), Mr. Charles Batambuze (Secretary General), Mr. Timu Godfrey (National Treasurer), and Ms. Winny Akullo Nekesa (Publicity Secretary). In her speech, she was honored to be the first female president of the association and committed to promoting unity among all ULIA members. She also pledged to work with all library associations’ countrywide to ensure an increase in the number of ULIA members.

To conclude, the outgoing executive members were handed certificates for their outstanding work during their term in office. The ceremony was capped off with a cocktail as they interacted amongst themselves for solutions on the way forward for ULIA.

 

 

Makerere University through the Office of the University Secretary embarked on a strategy to sensitize all university students about the new fees policy.  This strategy gives both the University management and students the opportunity to interact regarding the new fees policy.

On the 21st September 2016, the College welcomed the University management team led by Mr. Stephen Kateega (Dean of Students) to meet and interact with the College students. The meeting was held in Block B, Big Lab, Level 2 and attracted approximately 600 students.

Briefly, the new fees policy states that new students pay 60% of their tuition fees (including functional fees) to receive an admission letter while continuing students must pay a commitment fee of 200,000 by the 6th week of the semester. Students that do not clear and adhere to the deadlines are fined 5% of the outstanding balance and 20,000 UgShs for late payment. Click here for details.

Other issues brought up for discussion based on the agenda circulated included; the collection of invoices from the College Accounts office; the CEMAS System and its implication for 1st year and continuing students; students sponsored by agencies collection of receipts from College Accounts office; Help desk on fees matters; balances brought forward from previous semesters; and any other fees related matters.

Students were advised to take note of the commitment fee deadline extension to the 6th week ending 30th September beyond which a fine of 20,000 UgShs arises. Students were also encouraged to know their rights and obligations so as to avoid the challenges of their University experience.

On closing the meeting Ms. Jackie Ayorekyire (Head, Revenue Collection Unit) noted the attentiveness of the students during the meeting, thanked them for attending and kindly requested that they pass on the message to those that could not make it.

 

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