n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Staff training challenges in Ugandan private chartered university libraries

Volume 2019 Number 58
  • ISSN : 1025-8892


This article is drawn from a doctoral study which examined the nature of training and development (T and D) in six Ugandan private chartered university libraries. Most organisations invest in T and D because they believe that higher performance will result. In this article the T and D challenges encountered and the solutions to resolve these, as determined in the study, are reported on. The Cybernetic Open Systems Model provided an appropriate theoretical framework for the study. The nature and benefits of T and D, its challenges and the strategies to improve it, as reflected in the literature, are discussed. The study adopted a pragmatist paradigm and used a mixed-method approach. A self-administered questionnaire and interview schedule were used for data collection. Purposive sampling was used to select the professional and non-professional library staff. In addition, a census was used for all university librarians since they were relatively few in number. Among the numerous challenges of T and D identified are the lack of funding, lack of policies, lack of training facilities and the lack of support for T and D from the parent bodies. Various recommendations are made including setting up monitoring programmes, consolidating library networks at the university level and the need for management to play a major role in T and D.

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