Department of Information Science

Prof OB Onyancha

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Information Science
Research 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

  • Supervising Masters and Doctoral students

Fields of academic interests

  • Informetrics/scientometrics;
  • Information and knowledge management;
  • Knowledge mobilization;
  • Science and Technology Innovation policy (STIP)

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
  • information and knowledge management
  • Research data management
  • research evaluation

Books

Book chapters

  1. Onyancha, OB & Majanja, MK. 2017. LIS education. In: Abdullahi, I (ed). Global library and information science: a textbook for students and educators. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, pp 113-140.
  2. Ngulube, P & Onyancha, OB. 2016. Conceptualizing the knowledge of traditional and indigenous communities using informetrics approaches. In: P Ngulube (ed). Handbook of research on theoretical perspectives on indigenous knowledge systems in developing countries, pp 198-224.

Journal articles

Selected journal articles (last eight years):

2018

  1. Chilimo, WL & Onyancha, OB. How open is open access research in Library and Information Science? South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 84(1): 11-19. https://doi.org/10.7553/84-1-1710
  2. Onyancha, OB. Forty-five years of LIS research evolution, 1971-2015: an informetrics study of the author-supplied keywords. Publishing Research Quarterly, 34(3): 456-470. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12109-018-9590-3
  3. Gichohi, PM., Onyancha, OB & Dulle, FW. A model for public Libraries’ support in the development of small-scale business enterprises in Meru County, Kenya. Public Library Quarterly, 37(1): 81-102. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2017.1391033
  4. Onyancha, OB., Ngulube, P., Maluleka, J & Mokwatlo, KI. Is there a preferred ‘label’ for the knowledge of traditional and indigenous communities? Paper accepted for publication in African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science.
  5. Onyancha, OB. Mapping collaboration and impact of library and information science research in sub-Saharan Africa, from 1971 to 2016. Library Management, 39(6-7): 349-363. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-06-2017-0059
  6. Onyancha, OB. Towards a knowledge specialization index for sub-Saharan Africa: an informetrics study. Journal of the Knowledge Economy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13132-018-0548-7
  7. Onyancha, OB. Fifty years on: an informetrics study of Kenya’s health problems from 1966 to 2015. African Journal of Medical Research, 21(2): 107-115
  8. Ugwu, C & Onyancha, OB. Organizational factors and knowledge management applications to user-centered services in Federal university libraries in Nigeria. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, DOI: 10.1177/0961000617726124.
  9. Munyoro, I. & Onyancha, OB. Towards a model for Parliamentary Constituency Information Centres: a case study of the Parliament of Zimbabwe. Information Development, 34(3): 280-296. DOI: 10.1177/0266666917692642.

2017

  1. Gichohi, PM., Onyancha, OB & Dulle, FW. Capacity building modules for public libraries to support Small-Scale Business Enterprises in Meru County, Kenya. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 83(1): 49-58.
  2. Ani, EO., Ngulube, P & Onyancha, OB. A bibliometrics analysis of the visibility of library and information science research in Nigeria in the web of science, 2000-2014. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, 27(1): 41-51.
  3. Wachira, MN & Onyancha, OB. Serving remote users in selected public university libraries in Kenya: perspectives of the section heads. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 8(2): 48-58.
  4. Fombad, MC & Onyancha, OB. Knowledge management for development: rethinking the trends of knowledge management research in South Africa. Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, 16(3): 1750021 (2017) [23 pages]: DOI: 10.1142/S0219649217500216.
  5. Munyoro, I. & Onyancha, OB. Sustainability of Zimbabwe’s parliamentary constituent information centres. LIBRI, 67(2): 149-162. DOI: 10.1515/libri-2016-0090.
  6. Onyancha, OB. Altmetrics of South African journals: implications for scholarly impact of South African research. Research Publishing Quarterly, 33(1): 71-91. DOI: 10.1007/s12109-016-9485-0
  7. Ezema, JI & Onyancha, OB. Open access publishing in Africa: advancing research outputs to global visibility. African Journal of Archives, Libraries and Information Science, 27(2): 97-115.
  8. Ezema, JI & Onyancha, OB. Citation impact of health and medical journals in Africa: does open accessibility matter? The Electronic Library, 35(5): 934-952. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-11-2016-0245
  9. Gichohi, PM., Onyancha, OB & Dulle, FW. How public libraries in Meru County, Kenya, address the business information needs of small-scale enterprises. Information Development, 33(4): 418-435. DOI: 10.1177/0266666916667998.
  10. Gichohi, PM., Onyancha, OB & Dulle, FW. Provision of business information services to small-scale business enterprises in Meru County, Kenya. Mousaion, 35(3): 1-21. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25159/0027-2639/2945

2016

  1. Rotich, D & Onyancha, OB. Trends and patterns of medical and health research at Moi University, Kenya, between 2002 and 2014: an informetrics study. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 82(2): 20-33.
  2. Maluleka, JR & Onyancha, OB. Research collaboration in library and information science schools in South Africa, 1991-2012: an informetrics study. Mousaion, 34(3): 36-59.
  3. Onyancha, OB. Open research data in sub-Saharan Africa: a bibliometric study using the Data Citation Index. Research Publishing Quarterly, 32(3): 227-246. DOI: 10.1007/s12109-016-9463-6
  4. Ezema, JI & Onyancha, OB. A Bibliometric Analysis of Health and Medical Journals: Issues in Medical Scholarly Communication in Africa. Serials Review, 42(2): 116-128. DOI: 10.1080/00987913.2016.1182881.
  5. Onyancha, OB. Public programming in the archival literature: revelations from a content analysis of the subject matter. ESARBICA Journal, 35: 46-65.
  6. Maluleka, JR & Onyancha, OB & Ajiferuke, I. Factors Influencing Research Collaboration in LIS Schools in South Africa. Scientometrics, 107(2): 337-355.

2015

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Kimani, HN & Onyancha, OB. Information literacy skills among incoming first-year undergraduate students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya. Innovation, 51: 23-45.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Onyancha, OB. An informetrics view of the relationship between Internet ethics, computer ethics and cyber ethics. Library HI Tech, 33(3): 387-408

2014

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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). Innovation, 48: 21-45.
  6. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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

  1. Onyancha, OB. Web visibility and impact of the National libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Innovation, 45: 4-27
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Onyancha, O.B. & Mokwatlo, KI. How does LIS perceive records management? A trend and core/periphery model analyses. ESARBICA Journal, 31: 111-124.

2011

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Paper presentations

2017

  1. 18th Annual Department of Information Studies Conference, 6-8 September 2017, Richards Bay, South Africa. Presented two papers:
      1. with Hosea Chumba & Jackson Alunga – Scholarly publishing of medical informatics research in Africa: a content analysis of the WoS-indexed publciations, 1971-2016

      2. with Villary Atieno Abok – A bibliometrics analysis of the research output of academic staff in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology at the Technical University of Kenya, 2012-2016

  2. The 8th biennial DISSAnet Conference of the Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa (ProLISSA), 13-17 March 2017, Pretoria. Presented two papers:
      1. with Isaiah Munyoro - Are SADC parliamentary websites content compliant to the IPU guidelines for parliamentary websites?
      2. with Cyprian I Ugwu & Jonas I Ezema - Application of Bradford’s Law to Library and Information Science research

  3. 1st International Conference of the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Nigeria, 25-30 June 2017. Presented a keynote speech titled Navigating through the rising metric tide of the 21st Century: survival tips for the academic librarian in sub-Saharan Africa

2016

  1. Fourth CODESRIA Conference on Electronic Publishing and Dissemination. 19 March to 1 April 2016, Dakar, Senegal. Presented two papers:
      1. Open research data: implications for scholarly publishing in Sub-Saharan Africa

      2.  …with IJ Ezema: Africa in the Open Access environment: advancing research productivity to global visibility

  2. 17th Annual Department of Information Studies Conference, 7-9 September 2016, Richards Bay, South Africa. Presented two papers:
      1. …with MC Fombad: Knowledge management for development: rethinking the trends of knowledge management in South Africa

      2. …with VG Jiyane: Partnerships towards the provision of school library services in South Africa: the role of schools, Department of Education and Institutions of higher education, using Bhekinkosi Primary School as a case study

      3. 18th International Conference on Cybermetrics, Scientometrics, Informetrics, and Bibliometrics, Barcelona, Spain, 3-4 October 2016. Presented paper entitled Altmetrics of South African Journals: Implications for Scholarly Impact of South African Research on Social Media

      4. First Annual KESSA-Multimedia University of Kenya Joint International and Multidisciplinary Conference, 22-25 June 2016, Multimedia University of Kenya Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Presented a paper entitled: Fifty (50) years on: an informetrics study of Kenya’s health problems since independence

      5. 1st Annual Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Nairobi, Kenya, 24-26 August 2016. Presented paper: Towards a knowledge specialization index for sub-Saharan Africa: an informetrics study

      6. Unisa LIS Research Symposium, Unisa, Pretoria, 28-29 July 2016. Presented paper entitled Research dissemination through social media platforms: what are the implications?

2015

  1. The European Conference of Literature and Librarianship (LIBEURO2015), 13-16 July 2015, Brighton, United Kingdom

  2. 16th Department of Information Studies Conference, University of Zululand, South Africa, 2nd – 4th 2015
      1. Keynote address: Assessing Relevance of Knowledge Produced in the Academe: A case Study of the Department of Information Science at UNISA

      2. …. with Ngoepe, M & Mhlongo, MA. A case of Identity Crisis? Indigenous Knowledge Through the Eyes of Subject Organizers in Academic Libraries in South Africa

  3. 15th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics, Istanbul. Turkey, 29th June – 4th July 2015. Co-presented paper with Jan Maluleka entitled Factors Influencing Research Collaboration in LIS Schools in South Africa

  4. 6th Annual Faculty of Arts Conference, University of Zululand, South Africa, 19-21 October 2015. Presented paper entitled Maximizing research impact through ResearchGate: the story of selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa

  5. Unisa Open Scholarship Seminar, Bamboo Hall, Kgorong Building, Muckleneuk Campus, Unisa 19 October 2015. Presented paper entitled Research Data sharing: implications for scholarship in sub-Saharan Africa

  6. Eigth biennial DISSAnet Conference: Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa (PROLISSA), 9-13 March 2015

2014

  1. 15th Department of Information Studies Conference, University of Zululand, South Africa, 3rd – 5th September 2014
    1. … with Maluleka, J. Trends and Patterns of Research Collaboration in Library and Information Science (LIS) Schools in South Africa, 1991 – 2012

    2. … with Ngoepe, M & Maluleka, J. Research Collaboration in Archives and Records Management Across and Beyond Universities in Africa: An Informetrics Analysis

    3. … with Rotich, D. Research Productivity and Visibility of Academic Staff at the College of Health Sciences, Moi University, Kenya Between 2002 and 2012

    4. Keynote address: Are Altmetrics a Panacea for Citation Delays? A Critical View of the Journey of the Citing Document Through the Research Process

  2. Unisa LIS research symposium, Florida, South Africa, 24-25 July 2014 – Welcoming remarks and Chaired a panel of academics in the discussion on LIS education and training

  3. 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Lyon, France, 16th – 22nd August 2014

  4. The South African Society of Archivists, 9-11 July 2014, Nelspruit, South Africa. Presented keynote address: Public programming in the archival literature: revelations from a content analysis of the subject matter

  5. Fourth Annual Conference of the Faculty of Communication and Information Science, National University of Science and Technology, on Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Africa, 25th – 29th August 2014. Presented paper entitled Social media and research: how does ResearchGate’s coverage of South African universities’ research compare with the Web of Science and the Webometrics ranking of universities?

2013

  1. Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa: Seventh biennial DISSAnet Conference, St Georges Hotel, 7-8 March 2013.

  2. 14th Department of Information Studies Conference, University of Zululand, South Africa, 3-5 September 2013. Presented the following papers:
      1. An informetrics view of the relationship between Internet ethics, computer ethics and cyberethics

  3. 22nd ESARBICA General Conference on “Archives in the 21st Century and Beyond: Historical and technological paradigm shift”, Safarai Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, 3 to 7 June 2013. Co-presented a paper entitled: An informetrics study of the cited references in archival research in sub-Saharan Africa: a measure of the archival researchers’ preferences?”

  4. 14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI), University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 15 to 19 July 2013.

  5. Indigenous Knowledge Systems International Conference on “information, records and archives in a knowledge society”: Third International Conference of the Faculty of Communication and Information Science, National University of Science and Technology, Rainbow Hotel, Victoria Falls, 5-9 August 2013.

2012

  1. 4th UNISA Children’s Reading Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 11-12 September 2012. Delivered closing remarks and participated in the Storytelling Festival held and co-hosted with Royal Bafokeng nation.

  2. 12th Annual DIS conference, University of Zululand, 10-12 September 2012. Co-presented a paper: Does conference participation result in high research output? A correlational analysis of South Africa’s conference papers and Research Articles, 2002-2011

  3. Archival Conference on Archiving and Digital Continuity in the context of E-Government in Sub-Saharan Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria (Main Campus), 11 - 13 July 2012. Chaired a session.

  4. XXth SCECSAL conference, Laico Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, 4-8 June 2012. Co-presented a paper: Serving remote users in selected public university libraries in Kenya: discussions with section heads

  5. Indigenous Knowledge Systems Conference, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe, 28-31 August 2012. Co-presented paper: Which is the preferred label for knowledge of traditional and indigenous communities? A citation analysis perspective

  6. International Council of Archives Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 20-24 August 2012. Co-presented a paper: Trends, patterns, challenges and type of archival research in sub-Saharan Africa: an informetrics analysis, 1981-2010

  7. ASAIB Annual conference, National Library of South Africa, 10 May 2012.

2011

  1. 11th Annual DIS conference, University of Zululand, 14-15 September 2011. Co-presented three papers:
      1. …with Maluleka, J. M&D students’ preferences for references and referencing in LIS research in South Africa.

      2. …with Makhubela, S & Dube, L. LIS education and training in South Africa: who are our students?

      3. …with Mnekeni-Saurombe, N, Burger, M, Mokwatlo, IK, Maluleka, J. Developing a glossary of terms using informetric approaches: methodological issues

  2. First Annual Conference of the Faculty of Communication and Information Science at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) on Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Africa, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 23-24 August 2011. Presented a paper in collaboration with Prof P Ngulube entitled “What is in a name? Using informetric techniques to conceptualize the knowledge of traditional and indigenous communities

  3. South African Society of Archivists Conference, Sunnyside, Pretoria South Africa, 14-15 July 2011. Chaired a session.

  4. 13th ISSI (International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics), Durban, South Africa, 4-8 July 2011. Presented two papers and poster paper and chaired two sessions:
      1. ...with Ani, EO. A measure of research productivity in Nigerian Universities: a bibliometric analysis

      2. How is ‘knowledge management similar to or different from information management? An informetrics perspective.

      3. ...with Ocholla, D.N. and Ocholla, L. What is the growth and scientific impact of global warming research, 2008-2010?

  5. XXI ESARBICA Conference on Access to Information: Archives and Records in Support of Public Sector Reform in Context, Maputo, 8 -10 June 2011. Delivered two papers:
      1. … with Ngoepe, M. The protection of information bill and access to information in South Africa: an informetric study of the media coverage

      2. … with Mokwatlo, KI. How does LIS perceive records management? A trend and core/periphery model analyses

      3. 6th Biennial DISSAnet Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 9-11 March 2011. Delivered a paper entitled “Job functions and requirements for knowledge managers: lessons for LIS schools in South Africa”.

 

Conference proceedings

2018

  1. Otiango, MK & Onyancha, OB. Technological advances in library work as a catalyst for changing roles of librarians at the University of Nairobi. In: GK Mulindwa, EN Haumba & RS Buwule (eds). Proceedings of the XXIII Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations. Kampala: ULA, pp 181-204.

  2. Nwagwu, WE & Onyancha, OB. Webometrics of Think Tanks in sub-Saharan Africa. In: Conference Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, 16-20 October 2017. Wuhan: Wuhan University, pp. 1519-1533

2015

  1. 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.

2011

  1. 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].

  2. 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.

  3. 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].

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)