Project network meeting in August 2012 at Turku City Library, by Turku University of Applied Sciences.

Photo: Turku University of Applied Sciences

NSS LIS: Library and Information Studies Network

Coordinator Turku University of Applied Sciences
Contact details

Paula Pitkäkangas, Project Coordinator, paula.pitkakangas(at)
Ritva Hyttinen, Degree Programme Manager, ritva.hyttinen(at)

Budget €109 500
Duration 6/2013 – 8/2015
Academic field Library and Information Sciences
Funding since 2005


University of Oulu, Finland
Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Tumaini University Makumira Dar es Salaam College, Tanzania
The School of Library Archives and Documentation Studies, Tanzania
University of Namibia, Namibia
University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal
University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Brief Description:

The network of library and information science professionals have been cooperating since 2005, and has extended and deepended its cooperation ever since. The current project term NSS LIS Network II concentrates on research information literacy RIL.

The Network activities have several impacts on the developing countries and especially on their library sector, both academic and public. The activities of the network promote the principles of lifelong learning, socio-economic equality of the universities and the communities. Research information literacy is promoted to citizens through educating librarians. As a greater impact, the networks long-term partnership is further institutionalized. In Tanzania for example, there is an extensive demand for professionally organized library services especially in the school branch that require the capacity building of the LIS education.
Key activity is the Intensive Course held in Tanzania in June 2014 and further two dissemination events that are organised in Namibia and Senegal. The NSS LIS Network II is very active and cooperation is inspiring.

Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 10
Number of Student Exchanges: 13
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 1
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

The Intensive Course will be held in Tanzania, at The School of Library Archives and Documentation Studies (SLADS), who is the latest addition to the network. IC is organised in cooperation with other tanzanian partner, Tumaini University Makumira Dar es Salaam College. Location of the course is Bagamoyo, Tanzania, and one day is held at Dar es Salaam. Participants are around 40 tanzanian students, plus one teacher and two students from each partner organisation outside Tanzania. Teaching methods are lectures, exercises in computer lab, fieldwork in groups and presentations of fieldwork results.

Brief Description of Possible Dissemination Measures:

The dissemination measures are planned to be held in Namibia and in Senegal. Exact form of dissemination is yet to be decised, possibly open seminars and material to target library professionals.