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Title:The renaming of the library school in Ghana: any lessons for administrators?
Author:Dadzie, Perpetua S.ISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Ghana
Abstract:The study examines the implications of the name change of the Ghana library school from the Department of Library and Archival Studies to the Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana. It also explores the relationship between the name change and the sudden increase in enrolment of students in the department. A cross-sectional survey approach was used to elicit information from some fourth year (level 400) Information Studies students of the 2006-2007 graduating year. An in-depth interview was also conducted with the Head of Department who initiated the name change in order to find out why the change in name was recommended, the challenges encountered in soliciting this change and finally, with the benefit of hindsight, whether the change has been worthwhile. Findings from the study showed that the students were attracted to the department by its name, and, that they were anticipating studying computer-related courses. This perception has many implications for the administrators of the department. The study recommends, among others, a review of the curriculum and strengthening of the department's human and technical resources. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]