The Emerging Information Professional Market in Botswana. Ojedokun , A. A. & Moaki , K. H. The emerging market for information professionals in Botswana, and the skills requirements. (2005) Education for Information, 23, 129-139. An Article Critique by Leah L. Coffin LIBR 285
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Ojedokun, A. A. & Moaki, K. H. The emerging market for information
professionals in Botswana, and the skills requirements. (2005)
Education for Information, 23, 129-139.
An Article Critique by Leah L. Coffin
April 26, 2009
What is the current status of the information professional market in Botswana, and what is the level of readiness for current MLIS graduates?
The article cites several related studies conducted in other African countries:
Qualitative surveys of LIS graduates indicate a growing perceived need for both IT and subject-based expertise, while quantitative research of the job market suggests an increased need for information professionals to possess non-traditional skills and talents.
LIS graduates were asked:
Employers were asked:
How is IT affecting your organization & your organization’s need for information professionals?
In light of the above, what are the skills you require from information professionals to support your organization’s mission objectives?
What is your impression of the need for information professionals in Botswana? Is there an emerging market for them?
Interviews were analyzed to establish patterns in both categories of respondents’ perceptions on the emerging information professional market in Botswana.
The emerging market exists, but so do negative perceptions about LIS graduates and their degree.
Dominant culture in LIS programs must reconcile with current IT requirements in job market.
IT professionals must take an active approach to finding out the best way to serve an organization’s information needs.
Qualitative research can “fill in the blanks” in quantitative research by providing potential solutions to the problems it exposes.
Appropriate sampling & interview techniques can have cultural as well as technical aspects.
Interviewing different groups on the same subject from the appropriate perspective can yield useful qualitative results.