School of Social Sciences

Zawedde Nsibirwa

Zawedde Nsibirwa

Senior Lecturer

DisciplineInformation Studies

Email nsibirwaz@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number 033-260-5685

CampusPietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address Room 348, Third floor, New Arts Building

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Degrees held

  • BA SWSA( Makerere University)
  • Dip.IT (Institute for Management of Information Systems)
  • PGDIS (UKZN)
  • MIS(UKZN)
  • PhD(UKZN)

Areas of Responsibility

  • Co-ordinator of the Masters Information Studies
  • Co-ordinator of the following postgraduate modules – Records Management, Preservation and Conservation, Managing Electronic and Audio-visual Resources

Areas of Teaching

  • Records Management
  • Archival Administration
  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Managing Electronic and Audio-visual Resources
  • Bibliography
  • Records and Archives Management

Areas of Responsibility

  • Co-ordinator of the Masters Information Studies
  • Co-ordinator of the following postgraduate modules – Records Management, Preservation and Conservation, Managing Electronic and Audio-visual Resources

Selected Publications

  • Nsibirwa, Z. and R. Hoskins. 2008. The future of the past: preservation of, and access to, legal deposit materials at the Msunduzi Municipal Library, Pietermaritzburg. ESARBICA (27): 88-116.
  • Nsibirwa, Z., R. Hoskins and C. Stilwell. 2011. Access to information through legal deposit libraries in South Africa: some issues of concern. ESARBICA (30):229-245.
  • Nsibirwa, Z., R. Hoskins and C. Stilwell. 2013. The effects of climate change in preserving the past and enhancing the future of legal deposit in South Africa. Mousaion 31(2):93-115.
  • Nsibirwa, Z., R. Hoskins and C. Stilwell. 2014. Building the South African nation through legal deposit: the impact of legislation on preservation of digital materials. African Journal of Library, Archives & Information Science 24 (1): 53-65.
  • Nsibirwa, Z. 2014. Building the nation through legal deposit: examining legislation. Innovation: Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa 49: 53- 72.
  • Nsibirwa, Z. 2015. Staff education and the preservation of legal deposit materials in South Africa. Innovation: Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa 50: 123-145.
  • Naidoo, K and Z. Nsibirwa. 2015. The information behaviour of managers in the Msunduzi Municipality’s business units. Innovation: Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa 51: 3-21.
  • Nsibirwa, Z. 2016. Building the South African nation through legal deposit in times of rapid climate change: the structural design of Msunduzi Municipal library building. Mousaion 34 (3): 104-122.
  • Nsibirwa, Z and Msibi, N. 2018. ‘Examining the significance of the legislative frameworks and suitable practice for safeguarding public records in Swaziland. Paper presented at the 23rd SCECSAL Conference, Entebbe, Uganda, 23 -28 April.
  • Kankam, P and Z. Nsibirwa. 2019. Internet access and information retrieval competencies of high school students in Ghana. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/2342
  • Nsibirwa, Z. 2019.The ethical implications of digitisation of the Alan Paton Centre Struggle Archives. . ESARBICA (38): (e-journal) (24 pages).
  • Padayachee, M and Z.Nsibirwa Public library programmes fostering social cohesion in the South African context: the case of eThekwini Municipal Libraries. Innovation: Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa 60:27-54.
  • Makghlela, L and Z.Nsibirwa. Assessing records management in municipalities with adverse audit opinions in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Journal of The South African Society of Archivists 54 :24-42.
  • Thabakgolo, M and Z.Nsibirwa.The value accorded to electronic records as a reflection of information culture among Botswana’s selected parastatals. Journal of The South African Society of Archivists 55:56 -73.
  • Ndimbovu, A and Z. Nsibirwa. Attitudes and competence of teachers and learners in using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in secondary schools in the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal. Innovation: Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa 64:49 -70.
  • Mbongeni,T and Z. Nsibirwa. Keeping the voices of the once voiceless: the strategies for digital preservation of oral history records at the KwaZulu-Natal Archives and Records Service, South Africa. ESARBICA 41:140-158.
  • Rambina, M and Z.Nsibirwa.The awareness of copyright laws at the university of venda library: library staff perspectives. Innovation 65: 19 -43
  • Rambina, M and Z.Nsibirwa. The awareness of copyright laws at the University of Venda library: Student’s perspectives. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal
  • Thabakgolo, M and Z.Nsibirwa.Trust in electronic records keeping systems among selected Botswana Parastatals. Mousiaon 41(3) (18 pages).
  • Akullo, W. and Z. Nsibirwa. 2023. Perceptions of Librarians toward the Adoption of Linked Open Data; a Case of Selected University Libraries in Uganda. Journal of Library metadata 1-14.
  • Ramabina, M. T and Z. Nsibirwa. 2024.Copyright knowledge of library staff and students in an academic library. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science (Accepted in the process of being published)
  • Ramabina, M.T and Z Nsibirwa.2024.The Awareness of Copyright Laws at The University of Venda Library: Library Staff Perspectives. Proceedings of the XXVI SCECSAL Conference. 22-26 April Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Akullo, W and Z. Nsibirwa.2024 Awareness of Linked Data among professional librarians in Uganda. Proceedings of the XXVI SCECSAL Conference. 22-26 April Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Nsibirwa, Z., Hoskins, R. and Stilwell, C. 2011. Access to information through legal deposit libraries in South Africa: some issues of concern. Paper presented at the XXI Bi-Annual East and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (ESARBICA) General Conference on Access to Information: Archives and Records in Support of Public Sector reform in context, Maputo, Mozambique, 6-10 June.
  • Hoskins, R. and Nsibirwa, Z. 2011. Information skills. Paper presented at the ISASA School Librarians Conference, Grahamstown, 05-08 July 2011.
  • Hoskins, R. and Nsibirwa, Z. 2011. Referencing and plagiarism. Paper presented at the ISASA School Librarians Conference, Grahamstown, 05-08 July 2011
  • Nsibirwa, Z., Hoskins, R. and Stilwell, C. 2012. Legislation affecting the legal deposit and preservation of digital materials in South Africa. . Paper presented at the 20th SCECSAL Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 04 – 08 June.
  • Nsibirwa, Z., Hoskins, R. and Stilwell, C. 2014. The custodians of South African cultural heritage: ensuring the preservation of legal deposit through education. Paper presented at the 21st SCECSAL Conference, Lilongwe, Malawi, 28 July – 01 August.
  • Nsibirwa, Z and Msibi, N. 2018. ‘Examining the significance of the legislative frameworks and suitable practice for safeguarding public records in Swaziland. Paper presented at the 23rd SCECSAL Conference, Entebbe, Uganda, 23 -28 April.
  • Nsibirwa, Z and Mbongeni, T. 2021. Keeping the voices of the once voiceless: the strategies for digital preservation of oral history records at the KwaZulu-Natal Archives and Records Service, South Africa. XXVI ESARBICA biennial conference consolidating document management towards public sector transformation – online 12-17 September 2021
  • Ramabina, M.T and Z Nsibirwa.The Awareness of Copyright Laws at The University of Venda Library: Library Staff Perspectives. Proceedings of the XXVI SCECSAL Conference. 22-26 April Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Akullo, W and Z. Nsibirwa. Awareness of Linked Data among professional librarians in Uganda. Proceedings of the XXVI SCECSAL Conference. 22-26 April Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Nsibirwa, Z. 2007. The preservation of, and access to, legal deposit materials at the Msunduzi Municipal Library, Pietermaritzburg. MIS thesis. Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Nsibirwa, Z. 2012. The preservation of, and access to legal deposit materials in South Africa. PhD thesis. Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Innovation Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa – Issue 60 June 2020, issue 61 December, Issue 64 June 2022, issue 66 June 2023, and issue 67 December 2023.
  • Co-editor with Ruth Hoskins – Innovation – Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work In Southern Africa Issue 48 June 2014 and issue 49 December 2014.
  • Editorial board – Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work In Southern Africa 2016.
  • Co-editor with Athol Leach – Innovation – Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work In Southern Africa Issue 54 June 2017.
  • Co-editor with Rosemary Khun –  Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work In Southern Africa Issue and 55 December 2017.
  • South African journal of libraries and information science.
  • Innovation
  • African journal of libraries, archives and information science
  • Mousaion

External Examining Theses and modules

  • University of Zululand
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Cape Town
  • and University of South Africa

Students Supervision

  • Vidima, Penelope Gugulethu, MIS 2019 (2015-2018) Information needs of University of South Africa students using the Adult Reference Department at Msunduzi Municipal Library, Pietermaritzburg
  • Padayachee, Mohini MIS 2019 (2016-2018) parttime The contribution of eThekwini Municipal Public Libraries towards social cohesion
  • Marwexu, Namhla MIS 2019 (2015-2019) parttime The provision of library and information services (LIS) to blind and visually impaired (VIP) at the Msunduzi Municipal Library (MML)
  • Tembe, Mbongeni MIS 2020 (2017 -2019) Preservation of, and access to oral history records at Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository
  • Ndimbovu, Andile MIS 2022  The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Public Secondary Schools at Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma  municipality
  • Ramabina, Maropene MIS 2023 (2018-2022) The awareness of copyright laws at academic libraries in South Africa: a case study of the University of Venda library.
  • Mnyandu, Phumelele MIS 2024 (2019-2023) The status and role of school libraries in teaching and learning in Umhlali Circuit, ILembe District in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Mutsvunguma, Grace. 2014. Predictors of Users’ Behavioural Preferences for Digital Information at the Oceanographic Research Institute Library (ORI), Durban South Africa. MIS thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal. (co-supervisor Stephen Mutula).
  • Naidoo, Karmaney. 2014. The information behaviour of managers in the Msunduzi Municipality’s business units. MIS thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Nyide, Bongiwe. 2015. The digitization of theses and dissertations at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. MIS thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Nqoba, Msibi. 2016. Preservation of public records and archives in Swaziland government ministries and the department of Swaziland National Archives (SNA). MIS thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Ncala, Nthabiseng. 2018. Preservation of, and access to audio-visual records at the national film, video and sound archives of South Africa. MIS thesis. . MIS thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Kankam, Philip. 2017. Internet-based information behaviour of high school learners in the Ashanti region of Ghana. PhD thesis. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Odede, Israel. 2017. Information literacy self-efficacy in the use of electronic information resources by library and information science postgraduate students in South-South Nigeria
  • Makgahlela, Lefose PhD 2021 (2016- 2020) Records management practices in municipalities in South Africa: a case of Limpopo Province municipalities.
  • Bucknall, Amanda (School of Arts) PhD 2022 (2019-2021) The art collection at University of KwaZulu-Natal: an appraisal of content and purpose. 
  • Thabakgolo, Mogogi PhD 2023 (2018-2022) Records Management and information Culture in Botswana’s Parastatals

Community Engagement

  • Kenosis Community trust /Entabeni