The Integration of library and e-learning systems: the case of selected public universities in Tanzania
Mtega, Wulystan P.
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The current study investigated how library and e-learning services can be integrated together for improving teaching and learning in selected higher learning institutions in Tanzania. Specifically the study identified electronic technologies and applications used for providing library services; investigated how library applications and processes enhance access to contents for e-learning; determined library services incorporated in e-learning; determined how higher learning institutes in Tanzania support e-learning and; recommended on how library and e-learning services can be better integrated for improving teaching and learning. The study employed qualitative research approaches in determining how to integrate library and e-learning services, it involved three Tanzanian public universities namely: Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and the Open University of Tanzania (OUT). Data was collected through web analysis, in-depth interviews and documentary reviews. Library directors/e-resources librarians, Information Communication Technology directors/technicians were involved in in-depth interviews. Findings indicate that the three institutions had the basic ICT infrastructure for e-library services and e-learning and used Moodle learning management systems. It is recommended that libraries should subscribe more e-resources and make them accessible through the e-learning platform; universities should have strategies to improve the ICT infrastructure from time to time depending on the demand and the increasing enrolment rates.