Welcome to the Library and Information Studies Centre.
An LIS qualification from UCT prepares graduates for a rapidly changing information environment in the memory sector and provides a useful springboard into the world of information from any Bachelor-level qualification.
In January 2019 our department changed its name from Library & Information Studies Centre (LISC) to Department of Knowledge & Information Stewardship (DKIS).
The publication of the LIS competency index by Jaya Raju is the outcome of an NRF-funded project aimed at developing a national LIS professional competency index for the higher education sector in South Africa.
DKIS lecturer Andiswa Mfengu represented DKIS at the 3rd AfLIA Conference and African Summit in May, and was elected Vice-Chair of the LIT Section of AfLIA.
The Library and Information Studies Centre is proud to have been able to award Spilhaus and Buyskes bursaries to four promising students registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies.
LIS students were this year given the task of re-curating the sculpture Saartjie Baartman by Willie Bester that currently occupies the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library at UCT. The result is a virtual space that directly confronts issues of curation and those of the digital realm, bringing the students themselves (and hopefully consumers of the virtual exhibition) into dialogue with social realities as well as with the constraints and affordances of the virtual media.
LISC mourns the passing of Emeritus Professor Deon Kesting, who held the first Chair of Librarianship at the University of Cape Town,
Dr Connie Bitso presented a plenary paper – Using WhatsApp to sustain functional school libraries in Khayelitsha at the 22nd Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XXII) at the Royal Swazi Sun, eZulwini, Swaziland, 25 -29 April 2016.
Are you managing your research data effectively, or is it just lurking somewhere on your hard drive? From planning data collection, to storage, and backups, and post-publication, and domain repositories, we can help you to ensure that your research data are managed in line with the leading standards and funder requirements.
Associate Professor Mary Nassimbeni has been appointed to the board of the National Library of South Africa.
LISC is offering a 3-day short course to provide you with an understanding of: the importance of data management; the research data lifecycle; the organisation, documentation and long-term curation of research data.
LISC student Thomas Matingwina was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the UCT graduation ceremony in June. This is a first for the LISC department in its current form. We congratulate Thomas on his achievement, and we hope that this is the first of many PhDs to emerge from our growing and dynamic department.