SENIOR LIBRARIAN, CBPS PRESENTS A PAPER AT KENYA LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CONSORTIUM (KLISC) PRE-AGM CONFERENCE 2017

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Dickens Rodrigues Wendo, Senior Librarian, CBPS Presented a paper titled ‘Developing Entrepreneurial Potential in Information Science Students: a Critical Review of LIS Training Programs in Kenya’

The purpose of the research paper was to evaluate the state of entrepreneurial education in library and information science programs and the influence that entrepreneurial education has had on LIS students and suggest possible recommendations.

The findings showed that only basic entrepreneurship education was offered in LIS programs and not incorporated across all the years of study of a student. Entrepreneurship education was delivered in theory while practical experience were lacking. However, it was not conclusive from the study whether entrepreneurship education was taught by professionals. The findings further revealed that entrepreneurship education had little impact on student’s business skills, their potential of starting business, their attitude towards self-employment and their pursuit of personal economic venture or on their creativeness and innovation. The study therefore recommended for entrepreneurship education to be aligned with the library practices and be offered throughout the study years of a student and be taught beyond the basics while incorporating practical lessons. It should also be handled by a professional with both entrepreneurship and LIS background and supported with information resources that are relevant. Moreover, EE was to focus on adding business skills to students, enhancing their creativity and innovativeness and creating a mindset and attitude of self-employment and business ventures. It further recommended that institution of higher learning should adopt strategies that can help to develop the entrepreneurial potential of students.