Library Automation in Academic Libraries

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MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

NAME: KENYI KENNEDY SOKIRI

REG NO: 08/X/25167/EVE

COURSE CODE BLS 3114: PROJECT PROPOSAL WRITING

BY: DR. KIYINGI G.W

SUPERVISOR: MRS. JOYCE BUKIRWA

TOPIC

EVALUTION OF AN AUTOMATED LIBRARY SYSTEM IN THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES OF SOUTH SUDAN: A CASE OF JUBA UNIVERSITY

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION

1.1Introduction

This chapter discuses the background of the study, statement of the problems, purpose of the study, objectives, research questions, scope of the study, significance and justification of the study.

1.2Background to Juba university

As early as the thirties, a training programme was started in Juba for clerks, typists and other personnel for the whole of the Southern Sudan. The 'Trainees' as the students were known, resided in the area presently occupied by the District Police Headquarters. In the mid-forties, the training programme was upgraded and the place was recognized as the Juba Training Centre (JTC). This Centre trained junior personnel like accountants, clerks, book-keepers, medical assistants and public health officers. In 1954, the JTC was phased out and the premises were converted to the present commercial secondary school. The idea of a University in the South was first raised in March 1965 when, in response to the demand from Southern members, the Round Table Conference resolved to establish a University in the Southern Sudan. However, due to various problems, this was not implemented. In 1971, the Erkweit Conference, which was held in Juba that year, recognized the need for a training facility in Juba and recommended that the University of Khartoum should open a branch of its Extra-Mural studies in Juba. This programme was duly started by the University of Khartoum in November 1975. After the Addis Ababa Agreement, the first practical steps in establishing a University in Juba were taken by the Regional Government when a University of Juba Project was formed in 1973. The Project was chaired by the Regional Minister of Education, and Dr. Joseph Awad Morgan, as its Director, made internal and external efforts to outline the general philosophy and objective of the University. In 1975, the President of the Republic, His Excellency, Gaffar Mohammad Nimeri decreed the establishment of the University of Juba and on the 9th. November 1975, its Act came into force. The Act simultaneously established the College of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies and the College of Social and Economic Studies. In 1977 the Council of the University established the College of Education and the College of Adult Education and Training. In 1978, the College of Medicine was also established by the Council.In April 1976, the Commission of European Communities and the Government of the Sudan held discussions aimed at funding a programme of study for the new University. The Inter-University Council of Britain accepted to be the coordinator of this study, which was to be under-taken by an international group of academicians. The report was completed in April 1977. On 15th September of the same year, teaching started with 150 students in four colleges. On 6th October, the University of Juba was formally opened by the President of the Republic amidst great jubilation by the citizens of Juba Town. 1.3Problem statement

Juba University, through a donor supported project, like Juba University Library Automation Project (JULAP) and collaboration with Makerere University, has embraced the provision of an automated library system to facilitate study programs and research. With the integration of the library, Juba University attempts to disseminate information by means of an...
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