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Title: Option of the Collegiate System at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST): Any Impact on the Provision of Library Service/a Decade of Collegiality: prospects and challenges
Authors: Asiamah, Kwabena Ofori
Essel, Harry Barton
Lamptey, Richard Bruce
Issue Date: Nov-2018
Publisher: Journal of Applied Thought
Citation: Journal of Applied Thought, November, 2018 , Vol. 6 , Number 1
Abstract: The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) adopted the collegiate system as a method of administration in 2004. What motivated this system of administration? How has the system impacted on the provision of library services? Are there any measures, which could be put in place to ensure the sustenance of the new system? This evaluative piece is an attempt to answer the outlined questions. Data was gathered from selected interviews and secondary source, which is qualitative data. Data from each source was analyzed descriptively. The research revealed that, the collegiate system has fostered a strong sense of community, bringing together leading academics and students across subjects and year groups and from different cultures and countries. Colleges have invested heavily in facilities including extensive library resources and IT provision. Decision making in the library system has improved which before, decisions affecting library affairs in the faculties (as was the case) were taken by the faculty board in most cases with no representation from the library. With the adoption of the collegiate system, the College Librarian serves on all boards of the faculties and has direct influence on every decision taken at that level. Now, library matters have been brought to the fore and are now considered among top priorities in the agenda of all faculties. The improvement has also affected the budgetary allocation of the library. The collegiate system has triggered series of restructuring and expansion works. This has affected the provision of library services through redesign of library spaces in the colleges, recruitment of additional staff and the acquisition of relevant literature to support the teaching, learning and research. This evaluative research reveals that, the system has gained roots, structures continue to be improved, initial challenges are being overcome. The recommendations given is that, support is needed for periodic review of the new collegiate system. Such reviews will assist in ensuring that most created and anticipated impediments are managed and solved.
Description: An article published in Journal of Applied Thought, November 2018 , Vol. 6 , Number 1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11722
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