Dianah Kacunguzi

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Areas of Research: 

My research interests are in preservation of intangible cultural heritage, specifically the seeking, acquisition, and sharing of indigenous knowledge. I am particularly interested to know how varied indigenous groups acquire and transmit existing and new knowledge; understanding challenges and how choices are negotiated; as well as identifying strategies for facilitating ongoing indigenous practices and preserving existing knowledge for future generations.

Field Exam Area: 

Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage


Knowledge Preservation Practices of Herbalists in Uganda: An Ethnographic Study


PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)
Master of Information Technology, University of Pretoria – South Africa (2014)
Bachelor of Library and Information science, Makerere University – Kampala, Uganda (2006)

Courses Taught: 

TA, IS 501: Information organization and Access (Fall 2017)
TA, IS 502: Libraries, Information and Society (Spring 2017)
TA, IS 502: Libraries, Information and Society (Fall 2016)

Selected Publications, Papers and Presentations: 

Kacunguzi, D. T. (2016). A Comparative Analysis of Library and Information Science Master's Degree Programmes in Uganda and USA. African Journal of Library, Archives & Information Science, 26(1), 85-92.

Kacunguzi, D. T., & Samuel, N. O. (2016). Assessment of Nigerian and Ugandan LIS Programs in Meeting the Demands of the Digital Age. QQML International Conference. London: ISAST.

Okello-Obura, C., Kacunguzi, D. T., & Kidaga, J. (2015). Application of information and communications technologies in business operations and access to business information by small and medium enterprises in Western Uganda. Mousaion, 33(1), 153-174.

Kacunguzi, D.T. (2014). An assessment of the enabling role of information technology in knowledge sharing and retention in academic libraries: a case study of Makerere University Library. Unpublished Master's Thesis. Pretoria, South Africa: University of Pretoria.

Kacunguzi, D.T. (2012). ABCD as a didactic tool in promoting library and information science. Unpublished paper. Antwerp, BE: University of Antwerp.

Honors and Awards: 

Travel grant, iSchool and Illinois Graduate College, to participate in the 8th QQML International Conference, Senate House, University of London – United Kingdom (May 24–27, 2016).

Travel grant, Makerere University, to participate in the 7th QQML International Conference, IUT Université Paris Descartes, Paris – France (May 26–29, 2015). 

Travel grant, Vlirous, to participate in the International Training Program Lib@Web, University of Antwerp, University of Brussels, University of Gent, & KU Leuven (October–December, 2012).

Travel grant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Uganda, to participate in the International Training Program on ICT Applications for Developing Countries, Shanghai – The Peoples’ Republic of China (April–June 2011).