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Associate Professor Jaya Raju

Jaya RajuJaya Raju is Associate Professor and Head of the Library and Information Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the Information Studies Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a PhD in Information Studies from the former University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). She has researched and written extensively in the area of LIS education and its implications for the LIS services work environment, particularly in the African developing context. Her current research focus is the development of LIS competency indices which may be used by practitioners to ascertain existing knowledge and skills and to identify areas for further knowledge and skills acquisition, as well as by LIS educators for curriculum review and revision. Jaya Raju has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal for Gender, Information and Development in Africa and De Gruyter’s Open Information Science. She has published in peer-reviewed national and international journals and has also presented papers at local, national and international conferences (including peer-reviewed conference papers). Jaya Raju recently published (2017), as an open access publication, the outcome of her NRF funded research:  LIS professional competency index for the higher education sector in South Africa. She is an NRF rated researcher. 

Her recent publications include:

Raju, R. & Raju, J. 2017. Chapter H: Africa. In ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (Eds.). Global perspectives on information literacy: fostering a dialogue for international understanding. pp. 77-86. Chicago, Illinois: ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries), a division of the American Library Association. Available: http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/publications/whitepapers/GlobalPerspectives_InfoLit.pdf

Raju, J. 2017. LIS professional competency index for the higher education sector in South Africa. Cape Town: University of Cape Town  Libraries. ISBN: 978-0-7992-2536-5. doi: 10.15641/0-7992-2536-5x

Matingwina, T. & Raju, J. 2017. An integrated framework for disseminating health information to students in Zimbabwe. Libri: international journal for libraries and information services, 67(1): 1-16. doi: 10.1515/libri-2016-0054

Raju, J. 2017. To teach or not to teach?: the question of the academic librarian’s pedagogical competencies in the digital age. South African journal of higher education, 31(2): 251-269.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.208535/31-2-1096

Rajkoomar, M. & Raju, J. 2016. A framework using blended learning for innovative teaching and learning. Research & Reviews: Journal of Educational Studies, 2(3): 1-9.

Raju, R., Raju, J. & Johnson, G. 2016. Research support services in South African academic libraries. In Atkinson, J. (Ed.). Quality and the academic library: reviewing, assessing and enhancing service provision. pp. 167-177. Amsterdam: Chandos. ISBN: 978-0-12-802105-7

Raju, J. 2015. Curriculum content and delivery: South African LIS education responses to a changing information landscape. In Bitso, C. and Raju, R. (Eds.). LIS education and research in a dynamic information landscape. pp. 21-30. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. ISBN: 978-0-7992-2526-6. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15641/0-7992-2526-6 

Pietersen, J. & Raju, J. 2015. The shape and form of the 21st century academic library, with particular reference to a South African case. In Raju, R. et al. (Eds.). The quest for deeper meaning of research  support. pp. 13-28. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. ISBN: 978-0-7992-2526-6. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15461/0-7992-2526-6 

Raju, R., Raju J. & Claassen, J. 2015. Open scholarship practices reshaping South Africa’s scholarly publishing roadmap. Publications. 3: 263-284. DOI: 10.3390/publications3040263

Raju, J. 2015. LIS education in the digital age for an African agenda. Library trends. 64(1): 161-177.

Raju, R., Raju, J. & Smith, I. 2015. South Africa: the role of open access in promoting local content, increasing its usage and protecting it. In j. Schöfel, Ed. Learning from the BRICs open access to scientific information in emerging countries. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books (ISBN: 978-1-936117-84-0).

Raju, J. 2014. Knowledge and skills for the digital era academic library. Journal of academic librarianship, 40(2): 163-170.  

Raju, J. 2013. Viewing higher education information literacy through the African context lens. African journal of library, archives and information science, 23(2): 105-111.

Raju, J. 2013. The LIS school in the ICT age: a casualty, or a catalyst for a paradigm shift? – the case of South Africa. Libri. 63(3): 250-258/

Naidoo, S. & Raju, J. (corresponding author) 2012. Impact of the digital divide on information literacy training in a higher education context. South African journal of libraries and information science, 78(1): 34-44. [Online open access peer reviewed journal]. Available WWW: http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/46/39

RAJU, R. and RAJU, J.  2011. A crack in the ‘dam(ned)’ wall?: cooperation and collaboration among higher education libraries in South Africa. Innovation: journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa. 42: 79-97.

RAJAGOPAUL, A. & RAJU, J. (corresponding author) 2011. Job functions of university and university of technology graduates and diplomates in special libraries and engineering firms: a comparison. Infotrends: an international journal of information & knowledge management, 1(1): 1-13.

RAJU, R. and RAJU, J2010. The public library as a critical institution in South Africa’s democracy: a reflection. Libres: library and information science research electronic journal, 20(1). [Online open access peer reviewed journal]. Available:http://libres.curtin.edu.au/

RAJU, R. and RAJU, J. 2009. Current status of academic libraries in Africa. In Abdullahi, I.H. (Editor-in-Chief). Global library and information science: a textbook  for students and educators  (IFLA publication nr. 136/137). pp. 45-67. Munchen: K.G. Saur Verlag.

RAJU, J. & JACOBS, C. 2009. Liberal arts and LIS paraprofessional education in the knowledge context: the cases of South Africa and Québec, Canada. Innovation: journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa, 38: 28-49.

RAJU, J. 2008. Rethinking boundaries in the African LIS work place: a contribution to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. In Njobvu, B. & Koopman, S. (eds.).Libraries and information services towards the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (IFLA publication nr. 134). pp. 115-129. Munchen:K.G. Saur Verlag.