Department of Information Science

Prof OB Onyancha

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Information Science
Professor
Tel: 012 429 6724
Fax: 012 429 3792
E-mail: onyanob@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • PhD Library and Information Science (University of Zululand, South Africa, 2007
  • Masters Library and Information Science – University of Zululand, South Africa, 2002
  • Bsc in Information Science – Moi University Kenya, 1992

NRF Rating

C2

Currently teaching

  • Information and knowledge management;
  • Information entrepreneurship;
  • Impact of ICTS on society;
  • Research methodology in Information Science;
  • Masters and Doctoral student supervision

Field of Specialisation

  • Informetrics/Scientometrics/Bibliometrics/Webometrics
  • Information Resource Management (IRM)
  • Management of Information Services
  • Knowledge management and organisation
  • Information Searching and Retrieval (ISR)
  • Research methodology in social sciences

Journal articles

2015 (published and/or forthcoming)

  • Ani, EO., Ngulube, P & Onyancha, OB. Perceived effect of accessibility and utilization of electronic resources on productivity of academic staff in selected Nigerian universities. SAGE Open, 5(4): 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/2158244015607582.
  • Nwagwu, W.E., & Onyancha, OB. Back to the Beginning — The Journal is Dead, Long Live Science. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(5): 669-679
  • Kimani, HN & Onyancha, OB. Information literacy skills among incoming first-year undergraduate students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya. Paper submitted for possible publication in Innovation
  • Onyancha, OB. Social media and research: an assessment of the coverage of South African universities in ResearchGate, Web of Science and Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 81(1): 8-20.
  • Onyancha, OB., Ngoepe, MS. & Maluleka, JR. Trends, patterns, challenges and types of archival research in sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, 25(2): 145-159
  • Onyancha, OB. Public programming in the archival literature: revelations from a content analysis of the subject matter. ESARBICA
  • Onyancha, OB. An informetrics view of the relationship between Internet ethics, computer ethics and cyber ethics. Library HI Tech, 33(3): 387-408
  • Onyancha, OB., Ngulube, P., Maluleka, J & Mokwatlo, KI. Is there a preferred ‘label’ for the knowledge of traditional and indigenous communities? A citation analysis of the literature. Paper submitted to Indilinga for possible publication.
  • Maluleka, JR & Onyancha, OB. Factors Influencing Research Collaboration in LIS Schools in South Africa. In Salah, A.A., Y. Tonta, A.A. Akdag Salah, C. Sugimoto, U. Al (Eds.), Proceedings of ISSI 2015 Istanbul: 15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 29 June to 3 July, 2015, Bogaziçi University Printhouse.

2014

  • Ani, EO., Ngulube, P & Onyancha, OB. A study of productivity of academic staff in selected Nigerian universities. Nigerian Libraries: Journal of the Nigerian Library Association 47(2): 77-94
  • Onyancha, OB. Can informetrics shape biomedical research? A case study of the HIV/AIDS research in sub-Saharan Africa. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 6(1): 41-48.
  • Ani, EO., Ngulube, P & Onyancha, OB. Accessibility and utilization of electronic information resources for research by academic staff at selected Nigerian universities between 2005 and 2012. The International Information & Library Review, 46(1-2): 51-62.
  • Ani, EO., Ngulube, P & Onyancha, OB. Effect of accessibility and utilization of electronic information resources on productivity of academic staff in selected Nigerian universities. Science Research, 2(6): 166-171.
  • Dube, L., Onyancha, O.B. & Makhubela, S. A Profile of the geographies of students in the Department of information science at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Paper to be presented in Innovation, 48: 21-45.
  • Ngoepe, MS., Maluleka, JR & Onyancha, OB. Research collaboration in archives and records management across and beyond universities in Africa: an informetrics analysis. Mousaion, 32(3): 119-135.

2013

  • Ocholla, DN, Ocholla, L & Onyancha, OB. Insight into research publication output of academic librarians in Southern African public universities from 2002 to 2011. African Journal of Libraries, Archives & Information Science, 23(1): 5-22.
  • Onyancha, OB, Mnkeni-Saurombe, N & Mokwatlo, KI. An informetrics study of cited references in archival research in sub-Saharan Africa: a measure of the archival researchers’ preferences? ESARBICA Journal, 32: 91-108
  • Onyancha, OB. Adjusted count, complete count, and straight count: does it matter when appraising research performance? A case study of LIS research in post-apartheid South Africa. African Journal of Libraries, Archives and Information Science, 23(2): 93-103

2012

  • Onyancha, OB. Web visibility and impact of the National libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Innovation, 45: 4-27
  • Ocholla, DN, Ocholla, L & Onyancha, OB. Research visibility, publication patterns and output of academic librarians in sub-Saharan Africa: a case of Eastern Africa. ASLIB Proceedings, 64(5): 478-493
  • Ani, OE & Onyancha, O.B. An informetric analysis of research output in Nigeria with special reference to universities, 2000-2010. Mousaion, 30(1): 142-157
  • Onyancha, O.B. & Mokwatlo, KI. How does LIS perceive records management? A trend and core/periphery model analyses. ESARBICA Journal, 31: 111-124.

2011

  • Ndwandwe, SC & Onyancha, OB. Job functions and requirements for knowledge managers: lessons for library and information science (LIS) schools in South Africa. Mousaion, 29(2): 209-224.
  • Ngulube, P & Onyancha, O.B. What is in a name? Using informetric techniques to conceptualize the knowledge of traditional and indigenous communities. Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, 10(2): 129-152.
  • Onyancha, O.B. & Ngoepe, M. The protection of information bill and access to information in South Africa: an informetric study of the media coverage. ESARBICA Journal: Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, 30:207-228.
  • Onyancha, O.B. Post-graduate research in information and knowledge management at institutions of higher learning in South Africa. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 77(2): 155-168.
  • Onyancha, O.B. Self-archiving by LIS schools in South Africa: practices, challenges and opportunities. ESARBICA Journal: Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, 30:66-84.
  • Onyancha, O.B. Research collaborations between South Africa and other countries, 1986-2005. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, 21 (2): 87-97.
  • Onyancha, O.B. & Maluleka, J.R. Knowledge production through collaborative research in sub-Saharan Africa: How much do countries contribute to each other's knowledge output and citation impact? Scientometrics, 87: 315-336.

2010

  • Njiraine, D., Ocholla, D.N. & Onyancha, O.B. Indigenous knowledge research in Kenya and South Africa: an informetric study. Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, 19(2): 194-210.
  • Onyancha, O.B. Mapping research areas and collaboration in the College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa. Inkanyiso, Journal of Human and Social Sciences, 2(2): 85-96.
  • Onyancha, O.B. Profiling students using an institutional information portal: a descriptive study of the Bachelor of Arts degree students, University of South Africa. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 76(2): 153-167.
  • Onyancha, O.B. E-governance and E-governments in Africa: a webometrician’s perceptive of the challenges, trends and issues. Mousaion, 28(2): 33-64.
  • Ocholla, D.N., Onyancha, O.B. & Britz, J. Can information ethics be conceptualized by using the core/periphery model? Journal of informetrics, 4: 492-502.
  • Onyancha, O.B. & Jiyane, V. Information literacy education and instruction in academic libraries and LIS schools in institutions of higher education in South Africa. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 76(1): 11-23

Refereed Conference Proceedings

2011

  • Onyancha, O.B. How is ‘knowledge management similar to or different from information management? An informetrics perspective. In: E Noyons, P Ngulube, and J Leta (eds). Proceedings of ISSI 2011: the 13th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, Durban, South Africa, 4-8 July, pp: 626-637 [Research in Progress paper].
  • Ani, O.E. & Onyancha, O.B. A measure of research productivity of Nigerian universities: a bibliometric analysis. In: E Noyons, P Ngulube, and J Leta (eds). Proceedings of ISSI 2011: the 13th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, Durban, South Africa, 4-8 July, pp: 54-65.
  • Ocholla, D.N., Onyancha, O.B. & Ocholla, L. What is the growth and scientific impact of global warming research, 2008-2010? In: E Noyons, P Ngulube, and J Leta (eds). Proceedings of ISSI 2011: the 13th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, Durban, South Africa, 4-8 July, pp: 1040-1042 [Poster paper].

2009

  • Njiraine, D., Ocholla, D.N. & Onyancha, O.B. Indigenous knowledge research in Kenya and South Africa: an informetric study. In: Ocholla, D.N. & Jacobs, D. (eds). Proceedings of the DLIS 10th Annual Conference, 2009. KwaDlangezwa, South Africa: Department of Information Studies, pp. 106-131
  • Onyancha, O.B. South Africa’s regional and international collaboration: an informetric study of participating countries, 1986-2005. In: Ocholla, D.N. & Jacobs, D. (eds). Proceedings of the DLIS 10th Annual Conference, 2009. KwaDlangezwa, South Africa: Department of Information Studies, pp. 176-198
  • Onyancha, O.B. & Ocholla, D.N. Conceptualizing ‘knowledge management’ in the context of library and information science. In: Birger Larsen and Jacqueline Leta (eds). Proceedings of ISSI 2009 – the 12th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, pp. 431-442. Rio De Janeiro: Federal University of Rio De Janeiro
  • Ocholla, D.N., Onyancha, O.B. & Ocholla, L. Insight into Collaboration in Global Warming Research in Africa, 1990–2008: An Informetric Analysis. In Birger Larsen and Jacqueline Leta (eds). Proceedings of ISSI 2009 – the 12th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, pp. 532-534. Rio De Janeiro: Federal University of Rio De Janeiro
  • Onyancha, O.B. The role of institutional information portals in strategic management of institutions of higher learning: UNISA’s example. In: Esther Josias (ed). Third Annual Knowledge, Archives and Records Management Conference (Electronically available in CD-ROM).

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

National Research Foundation (South Africa) C2 rated researcher, 2012- 2017

Projects

A. Self

  • An informetric analysis of HIV/AIDS research in eastern and southern Africa, 1980-2005. A thesis prepared for the award of Doctor of Philosophy degree in Library and Information Science, University of Zululand, South Africa, 2007.
  • A bibliometric analysis of the corruption literature on Africa, 1990-2001. A dissertation prepared for the award of Masters in Library and Information Science, University of Zululand, South Africa, 2002
  • The implementation of the 8-4-4 system of education and its repercussions on the Kenyan society. Bsc in Information Sciences project. Eldoret: Moi University, 1992.

B. Students

Masters

  • Matanji, Peter. In-house indexing of periodical literature: case study of university libraries in Kenya (Completed in 2012)
  • Wachira, Mary Njeri. Remote user services in selected public university libraries in Kenya (completed in 2013)
  • Waithaka, Mercy. Internet use among University students in Kenya: a case study of University of Nairobi (Completed in 2014)
  • Maluleka, Jan. Factors influencing collaboration in library and information science research in South Africa (Completed in 2014)
  • Kimani, H. Information literacy skills and competences among first year undergraduate students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Status: Completed in 2014)
  • Mungai, Gladys C.N. Tacit Knowledge Management in Public Institutions in Kenya: A Case Of The Kenya Institute For Public Policy Research And Analysis (KIPPRA) Nairobi (Status: Completed in 2014)

PhD

  • Ani, OE. Accessibility and utilization of electronic information resources for research and its effect on productivity of academic staff in Nigeria and South African universities (Status: Completed 2013)

Current and on-going research projects

Self-initiated projects

  • Onyancha, O.B. & Ngulube, P. Mixed methods research in selected South African journals of education, 2002-2008
  • Onyancha, O.B. Subject specialization index of Sub-Saharan African countries: an informetric analysis of the fields of research foci
  • Onyancha, O.B. Public programming in the archival literature: revelations from a content analysis of the subject matter
  • Onyancha, O.B. Assessing research relevance in the academe: a case study of the Department of Information Science at UNISA.

Students’ research projects’ supervision (On-going)

Masters projects

  • Ashilungu, M. Collection development practices at Institutions of higher learning in Namibia with special reference to electronic resources: a case of the University of Namibia Library
  • Katsizirika, E. Utilization of electronic books (ebooks) by library and information science students at the University of South Africa
  • Kheswa, VA. Provision of library services to distance learning students at the University of South Africa: a case study of the Midlands Region library
  • Mokgadi, RS. The changing role of subject librarians in academic institutions in South Africa: a comparative study of the University of Witwatersrand and University of South Africa library services
  • Oluwaseun, BO. Remote access to and use of library electronic resources at the National Open University of Nigeria
  • Otiango, MK. The changing roles of librarians in the electronic age: a comparative study of the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and University of Nairobi Medical School libraries
  • Rabatseta, B. Adoption and use of social media by academic libraries in South Africa
  • Sithole, MN. Knowledge sharing practices at the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Doctoral projects

  • Adanu, TSA. Adoption and use of emerging and new technologies in Academic libraries in Ghana
  • Asante, E. Total quality management (TQM) practices in academic libraries in Ghana
  • Gichohi, P. The Role of Public Libraries in Revitalizing Development of Small Business Enterprises in Meru County, Kenya (On-Going)
  • Jagboro, KO. Determinants of research performance of academic staff at selected universities in South-western Nigeria
  • Kavevangua, K. The role of information equity in the Decentralization of Services to Local and Regional Councils in Namibia: A case study of Omaruru constituency in the Erongo region (On-Going).
  • Kamga, PD. Electronic Journals and the Publicizing of the Peer Review on the Internet: Impacts and Challenges of the Opening-up of the Editorial Activity (Status: On-going)
  • Katebire, DA. Modeling information access and flow for e-governance in Uganda's local governments (Status: (On-going)
  • Kugblenu, H. Development of digital libraries in Ghanaian polytechnics.
  • Laryea, EO. Knowledge entrepreneurship in the library and information science field: a case study of LIS graduates in Kenya and Ghana
  • Matatiele, RA. Web search behaviour of postgraduate students at the Department of information science, University of South Africa (On-going).
  • Mensah, M. Adoption and use of social media technologies at academic libraries in Ghana
  • Mutisya, F. Assessment of the quality of international court libraries:  a case study of the African Union Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Library (On-going)
  • Ntetha, MA. Embedding the research library position in academic libraries in South Africa
  • Waithaka, M. Acceptance and adoption of open access scholarly publishing in selected public universities in Kenya (On-going)