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Ikoja-Odongo, John Robert
Ikoja-Odongo, John Robert is a Ugandan. Married with children. He is a professor of Library and Information Science, East African School of Library and Information Science, Makerere University, Uganda

Educational Background

  1. Holder of PhD in Library and Information Science, Zululand University, South Africa; M.Phil Publishing Studies,Stirling University Scotland; Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship, Makerere University, Uganda; B.A. Publishing Studies, Delhi University, India; Diploma in Librarianship, Makerere University; Certificate in Library Studies,Makerere University; Certificate in Designing and Writing Distance Education Materials, Kenya Board of Adult Education in collaboration with DVV; Certificate in E-Learning, Makerere Unversity.
  2. Attended many international and local information science conferences

Courses taught

  1. Information Literacy
  2. Agricultural Information Systems and Services
  3. Information industry and Resources
  4. Legal Aspects of Information
  5. Publishing Studies
  6. Communication Sills and Technical Writing
  7. Media Studies


  1. Formerly Serials Librarian, Makerere University
  2. Formerly Senior Documentation Officer, Electoral Commission
  3. Has a twenty year lecturing experience.
  4. Has done a number of researches in community information services.
  5. Attended many international and local conferences on Library and Information Science, and Publishing

Research Interests

  1. Information behaviour studies
  2. Knowledge Management
  3. Publishing Studies
  4. Indigenous Knowlege

Current Activities

  1. Involved in an IDRC project on alternative publishing models using creative commons licences.
  2. Completed a chapter for a book on World Information Science
  3. Working on a book chapter and completing a paper on local content management in Uganda
  4. Designing a databse on documenting indigeous knowledge
  5. Conducting research on Pastoralists Information Acess, Seeking and Use behaviour in Uganda
  6. Conducting a bibliometric study of HIV/AIDS in Uganda since 1982

Value of workshop

  1. This workshop is a contribution to understanding more about open access publishing


Workshop Title: CTA/COL/RUFORUM Training Support and Training Course on Web 2.0 Tools for Research Support and Networking in Africa
  • Venue: Ridar Hotel Mukono, Uganda
  • Name: Prof. Ikoja-Odongo, Robert
  • East African School of Library and Infirmation Science, Makerere University, Kampala
  • Country: Uganda

On return I will

  1. Write a workshop report for briefing and debriefing my staff and seniors.
  2. Run a redo of what I learnt with my staff and later roll out to departmental aplication.
  3. Popularise use of this tool in work environment and possibly other intersted parties via workshops.
  4. Create a database of researches done in my department
  5. Connect this knowledge to PALM Africa Project that is looking for alternative methodologies of publishing using Open Content methodology

Contact Information

East African School of Library and Information Science
Makerere University
P.O.Box 7062 Kampala Uganda.
Phone +256 0773 295 294/ +256 0772 302 721
Hse +256 540 710
Office +256 531 530
E-Mail: ikoja@easlis.mak.ac.ug / robert_ikoja@yahoo.com

Sample Biodata

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