Prof. Ruth Hoskins

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Academic Leader, Teaching and Learning

Specialisations Co-ordinator ACE School Library Development and Management

 AREAS OF TEACHING
Information Literacy
ACE (Advanced Certificate in Education) School Library Development and Management - Information and Communications Technologies module
PGDIS - Automation of Information Centres; Information Searching and Retrieval
B. BIBL. HONS - Information Management
MIS - Core Course: Digital Divide; Advanced Literature Searching and Evaluation

SUPERVISION

MIS and PhD
 

PUBLICATIONS
Journal articles

  1. Chisa, K. and Hoskins, R. 2013. Public access to information and communication technologies in indigenous communities: a comparative study. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 46 June : (forthcoming).
  2. Nsibirwa, Z., Hoskins, R. and Stilwell, C. 2013. The effects of climate change in preserving the past and enhancing the future of legal deposit in South Africa. Mousaion (forthcoming).
  3. Stilwell, C. and Hoskins, R. 2013. Integrated library management systems: a review of choices made and their sustainability in South Africa. Information development 18 Jul.: 1-18 http://idv.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/07/12/0266666912454067.full.pdf
  4. Hoskins, R.  2013.  The influence of open access on journal cancellations in university libraries in South Africa.  Electronic library  31(5).  (forthcoming).
  5. Hoskins, R.  2013.  The gender profile of library and information science (LIS) academics in South African universities.  Alternation 20(2).  (forthcoming).
  6. Toteng, B., Hoskins R. and Bell, F.  2013.  Use of electronic databases by law students at the University of Botswana Library.  Africa journal of library, archives & information science 23(1): 59-74.
  7. Kheswa, S. and Hoskins, R.  2012.  Use of the internet by undergraduate third-year students at a South African university.  Mousaion 30(1): 120-141.
  8. Naidoo, P. and Hoskins, R. 2012.  The information needs of adult type 2 diabetic patients at Addington Hospital, Durban.  Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern African 45 Dec.: 136-155.
  9. Sukram, P. and Hoskins, R.  2012.  Leading the way: the managerial competencies of library managers in South African university libraries.  Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 45 Dec.: 95-120.
  10. Nkosi, D., Leach, A. and Hoskins, R.   2012.  Academic staff expectations of undergraduate students with respect to their use of the library at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus.  South African journal of libraries and information science 78(2): 79-87.
  11. Dabazana, K. and Hoskins, R.  2011.  Promoting equitable access to school libraries in KwaZulu-Natal:  the role of the Education Library Information and Technology Services (ELITS).  Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 42 June.: 113-131. 
  12. Mushi, R, Hoskins, R and Bell, F. 2011. The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for teaching. Loyola journal of social sciences XXV(2): 239-256.
  13. Nkosi, D., Leach, A. and Hoskins, R. 2011. Knowledge and use of library resources by academic staff at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg (UKZNP) campus. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 42 Jun.: 54-78.
  14. Nsibirwa, Z., Hoskins, R and Stilwell, C. 2011. Access to information through legal deposit libraries in South African: some issues of concern. ESARBICA journal 30: 238-260.
  15. Hoskins, R. and Stilwell, C. 2011. Library funding and journal cancellations in South African university libraries. South African journal of libraries and information science 77(1): 51-63.
  16. Toteng, B., Hoskins, R. and Bell, F. 2010. Information literacy and law students at the University of Botswana. Innovation 41 Dec.: 55-76.
  17. Hoskins, R. and Stilwell, C. 2010. Journal cancellations in university libraries in South Africa. South African journal of libraries and information science 76(1): 24-35.
  18. Hadebe, T. and Hoskins, R. 2010. Information seeking behaviour of master’s students using library electronic databases in the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Innovation 40 Jun.: 47-67.
  19. Kachoki, N. and Hoskins, R. 2009. Measuring the quality of service: a case of Chancellor College Library, University of Malawi. South African journal of libraries and information science 75(2): 170-178.
  20. Soyizwapi, L. and Hoskins, R.  2009 Use of electronic databases by postgraduate students in a university based Faculty of Science and Agriculture. Innovation 38 Jun.: 94-117.
  21. Ncgobo, N. and Hoskins, R. 2009. Problem-based learning (PBL) and medical school libraries in South Africa. Mousaion 28(2): 110-131.
  22. Mawindo, D. and Hoskins, R.  2008. Use of print and electronic resources by students at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Mousaion 26(1): 90-111.
  23. Abboy, I. and Hoskins, R. 2008. The use of CDS/ISIS open source software in Africa. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 36 Jun.: 17-37.
  24. Nsibirwa, Z. and Hoskins, R. 2008. The future or the past: preservation of, and access to, legal deposit materials at the Msunduzi Municipal Library, Pietermaritzburg. ESARBICA journal 27: 67-95.
  25. Neerputh, S., Leach, A. and Hoskins, R. 2006. Towards establishing guidelines for performance appraisal of subject librarians in KwaZulu-Natal academic libraries. Mousaion 41(1): 51-74.
  26. Hoskins, R. 2006. Training teacher-librarians in KwaZulu-Natal. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 33 Dec.: 59-75.
  27. Hoskins, R. 2006. The potential of school libraries for promoting less polarised social relations in the post apartheid era. Alternation 13(2): 236-251.
  28. Hoskins, R. 2005. Information and communication technology (ICT) knowledge and skills of the subject librarians at the university libraries of KwaZulu-Natal. South African journal of libraries and information science 71(2): 151-163.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

  1. Chisa, K. and Hoskins, R. 2013. Using church records at the archives of the Anglican Diocese of Natal to trace indigenous ancestry: exploring the ethical barriers. Paper presented at the Indigenous Knowledge Systems International Conference on “Information, Records and Archives in a Knowledge Society”: Third International Conference of the Faculty of Communication and Information Science, National University of Science and Technology, Victoria Falls, 6 - 8 August
  2. Stilwell, C. and Hoskins, R. 2012. Choice and sustainability of integrated library management systems in South Africa. Paper to be presented at the 12th SCECSAL Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 04 – 08 June.
  3. Nsibirwa, Z., Hoskins, R. and Stilwell, C. 2012. Legislation affecting the legal deposit and preservation of digital materials in South Africa. . Paper to be presented at the 12th SCECSAL Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 04 – 08 June.
  4. Mushi, R., Hoskins, R. and Bell, F. 2011. The use of ICTs for teaching and learning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. International Conference on Learning and Teaching, Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines, 05-07 September 2011.
  5. Hoskins, R. 2011. The influence of open access on journal cancellations in university libraries in South Africa. DLIS Conference, University of Zululand, 14-15 September 2011.
  6. The importance of the school library in the South African education system. 2011. Keynote address delivered at the ELITS KZN Provincial Conference, Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg, 08 - 10 July 2011.
  7. Hoskins, R and Nsibirwa, Z. 2011. Information skills. Paper presented at the ISASA School Librarians Conference, Grahamstown, 05-08 July 2011.
  8. Hoskins, R and Nsibirwa, Z. 2011. Referencing and plagiarism. Paper presented at the SASA School Librarians Conference, Grahamstown, 05-08 July 2011.
  9. 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 Biannual ESARBICA general Conference on Access to Information: Archives and Records in Support of Public Sector Reform in Context, Maputo, 06-10 June 2011.
  10. Mushi, R., Hoskins, R. and Bell, F. 2010. Use of Information and communication Technologies (ICTs) by postgraduate students and academic staff for teaching and learning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Paper delivered at the 11th DIS Annual Conference: Demystifying and popularizing LIS research in modern times, University of Zululand, 02-03 September 2010.
  11. Toteng, B., Hoskins, R and Bell, F. 2010. Utilisation of electronic databases by law students at the University of Botswana. Paper delivered at the 3rd Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference: Mapping and demystifying digital scholarship: trends, challenges and opportunities, Gabarone, 25-27 May 2010.
  12. Training teacher librarians in Mpumalanga. Paper delivered at the ELIS (Education, Library and Information Services) DoE Mpumalanga Provincial Conference, Nelspruit, 22 - 24 June 2009.
  13. Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) School Library Development and Management. Paper delivered at the World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council, Libraries for the future: progress, development and partnerships, Durban, 19 – 23 August 2007.
  14. ICTs as an information and library management tool. Keynote address delivered at the 5th ELITS KZN Provincial Conference, Port Shepstone, 08 - 10 August 2007.
  15. Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) School Library Development and Management. Paper delivered at the 4th ELITS KZN Provincial Conference. Partnerships: developing and sustaining school libraries, Durban, 09 – 11 July 2006.
  16. e-Learning and the school library in South Africa. Keynote address delivered at the e-Education and IRRISS Directorate Provincial Conference on ELITS & e-Education, Bloemfontein, 21 – 23 March 2005.
  17. The Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) School Library Development and Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Paper delivered at the ELITS eThekwini Region Conference, Durban, July 2004.

THESIS TITLES

  • Hoskins, R. 2010.The effect of the ‘crisis’ in scholarly communication on university libraries in South Africa. PhD thesis. University of KwaZulu-Natal: Pietermaritzburg.
  • Hoskins, R. 2003. Information and communication technology (ICT) knowledge and skills of subject librarians at the university libraries of KwaZulu-Natal. MIS. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal.

FACILITATION OF POLICY DOCUMENTS

Hoskins, R. 2006. ELITS (Education Library and Information Technology Services) Directorate of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Guidelines for School Libraries.

 JOURNAL EDITORSHIPS

  1. Hoskins, R. 2012. Editorial. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 45 Dec.: 1-2.
  2. Hoskins, R. 2011. Editorial. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 42 Jun.: 1-2.
  3. Hoskins, R. (50%) and Soyizwapi, R. (eds.) 2009. Editorial. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 38 Jun.
  4. Hoskins, R. (ed.) 2006. Editorial. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 33 Dec.
  5. Stilwell, C. and Hoskins, R (50%). (eds.) 2004. Editorial. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa 29 Dec

 JOURNAL REVIEWING

  1. South African journal of libraries and information science (SAJLIS)
  2. Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa
  3. Mousaion
  4. ESARBICA journal
  5. International journal of library and information science (IJLIS)
  6. Journal for the South African Society of Archivists (JSASA)
  7. Global journal of educational research (GJR)
  8. Journal of Education (JoE)
  9. Alternation: interdisciplinary journal for the study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa

EDITORIAL COMMITTEES

  • Member of editorial committee for SAPSE accredited journal, Innovation: a journal for appropriate librarianship and information work in southern Africa
  • Member of editorial committee for the South African journal of libraries and information science (SAJLIS)
  • Member of the editorial board Journal of the South African Society of Archivists
  • Member of the editorial board Journal of Gender Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA)

AWARDS
University of KwaZulu-Natal Merit Award 2005 - for efforts towards coordination of the ACE School Library Development and Management

OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/AFFILIATIONS

  • LIASA national
  • LIASA Midlands Branch
  • Golden Key International Honour Society

EXTERNAL EXAMINING

  • Pasipamire, Notice. 2012. An evaluation of Library and Information Science curricula in Zimbabwe. MPhil. Bulawayo: National University of Science and Technology.
  • Buchholz, I.M. 2011. Provision of access to information in academic libraries in Southern Africa: two case studies. MIf thesis. Pretoria: UNISA
  • Naidoo, S. 2011. The impact of the digital divide on information literacy training of Extended Curriculum Programme students at the Durban University of Technology. MTech LIS. Durban: DUT.
  • Odera-Kwach, B.A. 2011. The impact of external quality assurance on university librarians in Kenya. PhD. (Info. Sci.) Pretoria: UNISA.
  • Durban Institute of Technology – Information Management BTECH LIS INFO 101 module
  • University of the Western Cape – Advanced Certificate in Education School Librarianship, Information Literacy
  • Education (DSL 162) and Information Sources and Referencing Services modules
  • UNISA – Masters Information Science dissertations
  • UNISA - Aspects of Advanced Management of Information Enterprises (HTINBED - Honours BInf)
  • UNISA – Information Management (HINKBSC - Honours BInf)
  • UNISA – Advanced Information and Knowledge Management (HAI4801 – Honours BInf)
  • National University Science and Technology Zimbabwe – BSc LIS, MSc LIS, PGDip LIS programmes

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