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 The Department of Library and Information study (DLIS) at the University of Botswana was founded in 1979 and it has since made outstanding contribution to the education and training of Library and Information personnel in Botswana and Southern, eastern, Central African regions.  The development plan 1991-1997 (NPD7) witnessed the commencement of the Department’s strategy to diversify programmes in response to emerging opportunities and new markets. This diversification embraced information technology, information strategies and management information systems as driving forces in all its training programmes. New programmes such as School Library Studies and archives and Records Management were introduced representing niche growth areas for the Department then.   With the launching of training programmes in Teacher Librarianship programmes in Botswana colleges of education, School Library Programmes had to be discontinued under NDP8 The launching of a Masters programme in Archives and Records Management during NDP 8 became a success to the extent that a proposal to launch a degree programme which incorporates archives and records management was considered a new growth area for DLIS 

Although the main concentration in the library field has been on public and academic libraries, the department now targets corporate business, banks and hotels, parastatals, financial institutions, legal firms, insurance companies etc. These constitute new markets and niches as they open the way to providing courses in corporate information systems, knowledge management, information audit and records management. Future academic  programmes in DLIS  will focus on emerging areas and consolidate gains already made in  communication management, information technology, knowledge management, business information systems, information systems development, records and information management, archiving, social informatics, corporate informatics, e-government, development informatics, project management and information policy analysis. 
 
Contact Details :
4775 Notwane Rd. Gaborone, Botswana Private Bag UB 0022. Tel: +(267) 355 0000 Gaborone, Botswana