Dennis Ocholla

Dr. Dennis Ocholla received his education in Kenya and the former USSR (Donesky, Krasnodar, Kiev) where he obtained his PhD in Library and Information Science from Kiev-Leningrad State Institute of Culture in January 1988. He has served the information profession in several capacities among them as a librarian in Kenya Polytechnic-1993-4; the vice- Chairman of the Kenya Library Association, Member of Library and Information Association of South Africa -LIASA Rep. Council-2002-2008; Editor in-Chief- South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science (2002-2008); a Member of Editorial Boards of several national and international LIS journals including Education for Information, LIBRI, Library Management, Informetrics, Mousaion, Scientometrics. He is also a Life Member of the International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics. Dr. Ocholla has been teaching in the LIS field since 1988 at universities in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa, and conducts research, publishes and teaches in the following areas: information seeking, LIS education and training, informetrics, ICT application and social/community informatics, information ethics, information literacy, research methods, economics of information, knowledge management, and information retrieval. He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand (1998-1999). Currently, he is Professor and Head of the Department of Library and Information Science as well as Vice-Dean Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand, a Fellow at the Centre for Information Policy Research in the SOIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an NRF Rated Researcher (in South Africa). He has served on the Programme Committee of Colis 2002, UW, Seattle; ISSI 2005 in Stockholm- Sweden and 2007 in Madrid Spain; Regional Chair (Africa) ISSI Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2009; ProLISSA 2002 and 2004, 2006 and 2009; LIASA Annual Conferences 2002-2008. He is currently the interim Chair ISSI Conference in Durban, South Africa in 2011. He has produced 10 PhD students and currently supervises seven in the research domains.
Dennis Ocholla