Information is an important resource in the day-to-day operations of individuals, organizations and society. Owing to the fact that the world has evolved to an age where information technology and information explosions are here with us, there is need for information professionals with higher and relevant qualifications and skills for libraries and other information centres. It is due to this need in our country that the Bachelor of Library and Information Studies (BLINS) programme is being introduced at Egerton University. Hitherto, most schools of libraries have had a leaning towards either the Arts and Social Sciences or Physical and Natural Sciences. The Bachelor of Library and Information Studies degree programme at Egerton University cuts across disciplines whilst being professionally focused. Secondly, it emphasizes the learning of international languages in order to overcome the monolingual handicap of other training schools in Kenya. This should help to produce librarians who are marketable, both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, the programme has a major element of training in Information Technology, which will enable the graduates to be even more competitive in the job market.
The broad objective of this programme is to equip the students with appropriate technical and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in Library and Information Studies. The specific objectives are:
i) To equip students with knowledge, skills and attitudes for the generation, organization, storage and dissemination of information in different types of information institutions and Information Technology required for libraries and other information centres;
ii) To prepare students for a qualification sufficient to cater for the needs of staffing of libraries and other information centres;
iii) To equip students with knowledge, skills and culture in international languages to enable them to be versatile in handling information globally.
iv) To enhance the library and information knowledge and skills of those already practising.
Candidates must satisfy the general University requirements for admission together with those in the Faculty. Applicants who have passed with at least a ―Credit‖ or its equivalent in the Diploma in Library and Information Studies from a recognized institution may join the programme. A maximum transfer of thirty percent (30%) of the Senate-approved Credit Factors towards the requirements for the degree programme will be accepted, provided the candidate had obtained a grade ‗B‘ or above in the specific relevant course. However, this is not automatic.
Applicants may be admitted under the Mature Age Qualifying Scheme as specified in the Statutes. The Department reserves the right to set a special qualifying examination and/or conduct interviews of applicants as individual cases may apply.
Course Structure and Duration
The Bachelor of Library and Information Studies programme is a structured professional and discipline-specific curriculum; The BLINS programme will usually extend for a period of four (4) academic years for full-time students; Part-time students will be permitted to complete the programme in not more than eight (8) academic years; To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Information and Library Studies, a student must have taken and passed one hundred and forty-two decimal five (142.5) Credit Factors (CFs). These shall consist of one hundred and fourteen (114) CFs of courses in Library and Information Studies (80%) and twenty-eight decimal five (28.5) CFs of the Common Core Courses asterisked (*) together with the courses borrowed from other disciplines (20 %). The Course Descriptions for the non-LINS courses are provided under the relevant Departments.
The discipline code used is LINS, meaning ― Library and Information Studies,‖ followed by three digits. The first digit denotes the year or level of study. The second digit signifies the broad subject of study, viz.:
1 Archives and Records Management;
2 Publishing and Book Trade;
3 Sources of Information;
4 Management of Libraries and Information Centres;
5 Information Technology;
6 Language courses;
7 Special Topics;
8 Research and Writing courses;
The third digit denotes the sequencing of courses as per the Course Schedule.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statue XXVIII.