College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Musa WAKHUNGU OLAKA

University Libraries - University Libraries
Assistant Librarian
Primary office:
785-864-4593
Watson Library
Room 519
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66024
Second office:
813-298-9394



Musa Wakhungu Olaka is a Librarian for African, Global and International Studies at University of Kansas. He has previously worked as a librarian for the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at University of South Florida before becoming the Assistant Library Director & Head of Information Services at Southeast Missouri State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from University of Missouri and previously worked as a librarian and as a teacher in Kenya and in Rwanda for more than 6 years. His research interests include: Information Policy, Human information Behavior, Library and Information Science Education, and Genocide Studies.

Teaching

I consider participatory approach to teaching and learning as the best way to foster learning. I believe that transfer of knowledge is best achieved when learner/students engage in the actual performing of a given task. This means that these learners will tend to be able to function better in new environments by applying what they learnt. As a teacher, my work is to be a mentor and to let students have more hands-on approach on what they are learning. This is especially when using a problem based approach to help learners learn a given issue at hand.

In real world, students are always faced with complex problems that normally tend to be ill structured – meaning that there are multiple perspectives that one can look at the problem and there can also be multiple ways that one can use to solve the problem.

Research Interests

  • Information policy
  • Library and Information Science Education
  • Human Information Behavior
  • Genocide Studies

Selected Publications

Khayesi, Marie K, and Musa W Olaka. "Embedded Librarianship in Academic Libraries in Kenya: Experiences of Part-time students in Masters Degree Programs, and Librarians." The Maktaba: A Journal of the Kenya Library Association (Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya Library Association) 4.1 (2015): 189 - 203.

Olaka, Musa W., and Denice Adkins. "Problem Solving Strategies that Kenyan Academic Librarians Utilize when Presented with Copyright Queries." Library Review 62.3 (2013): 118 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00242531311329464.

Olaka, Musa W., and Denice Adkins. "Exploring Copyright Knowledge in Relation to Experience and Education Level Among Academic Librarians in Kenya." International Information & Library Review 44.1 (2012): 40-51.

Olaka, Musa W. "Educating Bilingual and Multilingual Librarians: a Case of Library and Information Science Education in Rwanda." Journal of Education for Library and Information Science Education 49.4 (2008): 264-276.

Olaka, Musa W. "Library and Information Science Education in Rwanda." Library Review 57.4 (2008): 298-305.

Selected Work

Living a genocide: The children of Darfur , Tampa Bay, FL, United States. 2013 - Present

Selected Presentations

Olaka, M. (10/01/2016 - 10/01/2016). Deep Mapping of Spatial Data in Testimonies of Children Who Survived the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda . Paper presented at the Digital Humanities Forum 2016. Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities. Lawrence, Kansas. Available Here

Olaka, M. (08/20/2015 - 08/20/2015). Collaborating to preserve and disseminate testimonies of child survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Paper presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress : 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly . Cape Town, South Africa. Available Here

Olaka, M. (08/16/2015 - 08/16/2015). Renaissance of libraries and archives in Rwanda. Paper presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress : 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly . Cape Town, South Africa. Available Here

Olaka, M. (03/30/2014 - 03/30/2014). Manifestation of Psychological Trauma in Handwritten Testimonies of Children Who Experienced the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. Paper presented at the Rwanda 20 Years After: Memory, Justice, and Recovery in the Shadow of Genocide . Weber State University: Ogden, UT

Khayesi, M. & Olaka, M. (08/02/2013 - 08/02/2013). Embedded Librarianship in Academic Libraries in Kenya: Experiences of Librarians and part-time students in Masters degree students. Paper presented at the Kenya Library Association Regional Conference. Nairobi, Kenya

Olaka, M. (06/28/2012 - 07/01/2012). First week of school after the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: The case of students in public secondary schools in Kigali. Paper presented at the 3rd Global Conference of Genocide,. San Francisco State University, San Francisco

Olaka, M. (10/22/2010 - 10/22/2010). Knowledge of Copyright Issues and the Kenyan Copyright Law Among Academic Librarians in Kenya. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Information Capital, Property and Ethics (ICPE). Tampa, FL

Olaka, M. (07/11/2009 - 07/11/2009). The role of Genocide in the development of Libraries and Librarianship in Rwanda. Paper presented at the America Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. Available Here

Selected Grants

Olaka, Musa W, (Principal), Resisting the 1994 Rwanda genocide: The case of librarians and faculty members at Université Nationale du Rwanda, University of Kansas, $3,000, Submitted 04/15/2016 (05/31/2016 - 05/31/2018) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Olaka, Musa W, (Participant), Summer 2016 NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital HumanitiesSpace and Place in Africana/Black Studies: An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories, Methods and Practice for Africana Studies, Purdue University and Hamilton University., $3,400, (06/01/2016 - 06/30/2016) . To attend summer 2016 NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital HumanitiesSpace and Place in Africana/Black Studies: An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories, Methods and Practice for Africana Studies. Participants were then to come up with a Digital humanities project. Other University. Status: Funded.



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