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Recent publications by LISC staff

Raju, R. and Raju, J. 2017. Academic libraries in Africa. In Abdullahi, I.H. (Editor-in-Chief). Global library and information science. 2nd ed.  (IFLA publication nr. 174). pp. 42-81. Berlin: De Gruyter. (ISBN: 978-3-11-041303-8). doi: https//

IFLA BSLISE Working Group. (2018). Building strong LIS education: a call to global and local Action – an IFLA BSLISE Working Group White Paper. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. doi: (Jaya Raju is one of two lead authors and Co-Chair of the IFLA BSLISE Working Group which produced this White Paper)

Raju, J. 2017. Information professional or IT professional?: the knowledge and skills required by academic librarians in the digital library environment. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 17(4): 739-757

Nyahodza, L & Higgs, R. 2017. Towards bridging the digital divide in post-apartheid South Africa: a case of a historically disadvantaged university in Cape Town. South African journal of libraries and information science. 83 (1).

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:

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:

De Jager, Karin. 2017. Approaches to impact evaluation in academic libraries: A review of a new ISO Standard. IFLA Journal. doi:

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.

Skarzynski, J. & Nassimbeni, M. 2016. Evaluating the impact of the public library book collection: a case study of two public libraries in Cape Town. South African journal of libraries and information science, 82 (1): 26-35. doi:

Koopman, M. & De Jager, K. 2016. Archiving South African digital research data: how ready are we?" South African Journal of Science.  2016, 112(7/8):42-48  doi:

De Jager, Karin. 2016. The Story of NELM: From Filing Cabinet to International Museum. In ISEA 1964-2014: A South African research institute serving people, edited by Monica Hendricks. Grahamstown: Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University. ISBN 978-1-920033-18-7. 

Hart, Genevieve and Nassimbeni, Mary. 2016. Libraries and a "Better Life for All": The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter. Library trends, 65 (2): 198-216. Available:

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

Kahn, M. & Underwood, P.  2015. E-book use in South African academic libraries: what patrons want. Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services. 39(1-2). 23-39.

De Jager, K., Nassimbeni, M. & Underwood, P. 2015. Library Studies at the University of Cape Town: an Historical Overview. In Bitso, C. and Raju, R. (Eds.). LIS education and research in a dynamic information landscape. pp. 1-10. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. ISBN: 978-0-7992-2526-6. doi:

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:

Bitso, C. & Raju, R. Eds. 2015. LIS education and research in a dynamic information landscape. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. ISBN: 978-0-7992-2526-6. doi:

 De Jager, Karin. 2015. Place matters: undergraduate perceptions of the value of the library. Performance Measurement and Metrics. 16(3): 289-302. DOI: 10.1108/PMM-08-2015-0021

 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:

 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.

Nassimbeni, Mary. & Shabangu, Joy. 2015. Aspirations and contradictions: The role of public libraries in the fight against HIV/AIDS in developing countries, with special reference to Swaziland. Information Development. 31(1): 83-88.

Malapela, Thembani & De Jager, Karin, 2015. Using an electronic journal availability study to measure access to electronic journals by academics and researchers in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zimbabwe. Library and Information Research. 39(120): 29-42.

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).

Nassimbeni, M. & De Jager, K. 2014. Even we can read: Evaluating the impact of a project to expand library services to visually impaired users in rural South Africa. Libri. 64(3): 247-253. DOI: 10.1515/libri-2014-0018

De Jager, K., Nassimbeni, M. & Crowster, N. 2014. Developing a new librarian: library research support in South Africa. Information Development. 1-8. DOI: 10.1177/0266666914542032

Kahn, M., Higgs, R., Davidson, J. Jones, S. 2014.  Research Data Management in South Africa: how we shape up . Australian Academic & Research Libraries. 45(4): 296-308.

Powell, C. 2014. Rethinking Marginality in South Africa: Mobile Phones and the Concept of Belonging in Langa Township Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Bamenda, Cameroon

Bitso, C. 2014. Internet censorship in South Africa: a brief exposé of negative and positive trends. South African Journal of Library and Information Science. 80(1): 43-51.

Bitso, C. & Fourie, I. 2014. Information-seeking behaviour of prospective geography teachers at the National University of Lesotho. Information Research. 19(3). Available:

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

Hart, Genevieve and Nassimbeni, Mary. 2013. From boundaries to landscapes in the ecosystem: reconfiguring library services for South African youth. South African journal for libraries and information science. 79(1): 13-21

Bitso, C. 2013. Designing and implementing an information service model for geography teachers in a developing country: the case for Lesotho. Libri. 63(4): 345-358.

Bitso, C., Fourie, I & Bothma, T.J.D. 2013. Trends in transition from classical censorship to Internet censorship: selected countries’ overview. Innovation. 42: 166-199.

Crowster, Nikki, De Jager, Karin & Nassimbeni, Mary. 2013. Doing it together: effective collaboration in technical and scientific university libraries. Proceedings of the 2013 IATUL Conference. Cape Town. Available:

Kahn, M. & Underwood, P. 2013. Issues related to the adoption of e-books in academic libraries: a literature review. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science. 79(2): 10-17. DOI: 10.7553/79-2-141

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:


Bitso, C. 2012. An analysis of information behaviour of geography teachers in a developing country – Lesotho. Review of International Geographical Education. Online. 2(2): 192-218.

Bitso, C. and Fourie, I. 2012. An investigation of information-seeking behaviour of geography teachers for information service intervention. Information Research. 17(4). Available:


Darch, C. and De Jager, K. 2012. Making a difference in the Research Community: South Africa’s Library Academy Experience and the Researcher-Librarian relationship. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 38(3): 145-152. Available from:


De Jager, K. and Nassimbeni, M. 2012. Giving them what they want and assessing impact: Case studies of public library services in the Western Cape that exemplify the “Library and Information Services Transformation Charter”. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science.  22(1): 19-30.

Powell, C. 2012. Me and My Cell Phone and Other Essays on Technology in Everyday Life Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Bamenda, Cameroon

Raju, R. & 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.

Macha, A. and De Jager, K. 2011. A comparative overview of the development of the institutional repositories at the University of Cape Town and at the University of Pretoria. Peer reviewed Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Cape Town, South Africa, 13-17 September 2011. Available from:

Nassimbeni, M and Desmond, S. 2011. Availability of books as a factor in reading, teaching and learning behaviour in twenty disadvantaged primary schools in South Africa.South African journal of libraries and information science. 77(2): 95-103

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.