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Dr Mzwandile Shongwe, PhD

Mzwandile is a senior lecturer and convener of the Master of Library and Information Science programme. He teaches Information Architecture and Metadata, Teaching and Learning for LIS Professional and Resource Description and Communication.

Mzwandile holds a PhD in Information Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Master of Commerce Degree (Information Systems) from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Arts in Information Science (Honours) from the University of Zululand.  

His research interests are in Knowledge Management, Library and Information Science (LIS) education and training and cataloguing and classification.

Mzwandile is actively involved in a number of scholarly activities. He is a Member of the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Sciences (SAJLIS) editorial board and Reviewer for the following scholarly journals:

  • Inkanyiso (2014- )
  • MOUSAION (2017-)
  • South African Journal of Libraries and Information Sciences (SAJLIS, 2014-).
  • South African Journal of Information Management (SAJIM, 2015-).
  • African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science (AJLAIS, 2017-)

Mzwandile is a full member of the International Association for Knowledge Management (IAKM) and a member of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).  

Recent publications

Philangani Thembinkosi Sibiya and Mzwandile Muzi Shongwe (2018) "A comparison of the cataloguing and classification curriculum and job requirements", Library Management, Vol. 39 No. 6-7, pp. 474-487

Shongwe, MM. 2017. Knowledge management in small software development organisations: A South African perspective. South African Journal of Information Management, 19(1) doi: 10.4102/sajim.v19i1.784.

Shongwe M. 2016. An Analysis of Knowledge Management Lifecycle Frameworks: Towards a Unified Framework. The Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management.14(3), 140-153 available online at

Kyobe, M.E., Namirembe, E., and Shongwe, M. 2015. The Alignment of Information Technology Applications with Non-technological Competencies of SMEs in Africa. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 67(5), 1-22.

Shongwe, M.M. 2015. Knowledge creation in students’ software development teams. South African Journal of Information Management, 17(1) doi: 10.4102/sajim.v17i1.613.

Shongwe, M.M. 2014. The information technology influence on LIS job descriptions in South Africa. Information Technology for Development. DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2013.874315

Ocholla, D.N., & Shongwe, M.M. 2013. An analysis of the LIS job market in South Africa. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, 79(1). DOI: .

Kyobe, M. E., & Shongwe, M. M. 2011. Investigating the extent to which mobile phones reduce Knowledge Transfer barriers in Student Project Teams. South African Journal of Information Management, 13(1). doi: 10.4102/sajim.v13i1.424. 

Shongwe, M.M., & Ocholla, D.N. 2011. A tracer Study of LIS graduates at the University of Zululand 2000-2009. Mousaion, 29(2), 225-243