Ongaya Kizito, PhD

Deputy University Librarian


Dr. Ongaya Kizito is an Information Scientist. He is the current Deputy University Librarian at Makerere University Library since July, 2024. He studied his Primary from Uganda Martyrs Centenary School in Kitgum, attended secondary school at St. Joseph’s College Layibi in Gulu, and A level at St. Peters College Tororo before he joined Makerere University to study Bachelor of Library and Information Science in the year 2000. He further attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Gulu University, both Master of Science in Information Systems and PhD in Information Systems from Makerere University between 2005-2007 and 2018-2022 respectively.

He worked in Gulu University Library from 2003 starting as a Library Assistant and gradually rose the administrative ladder to the post of Senior Librarian (2009-2020), and eventually Acting University Librarian (2020-2023). He has seven years teaching experience in the areas of information systems, ICT and information literacy skills. Dr. Ongaya established Technology Innovation Support Centre (TISC) in collaboration with Uganda Registration Services Bureau as part of Library Services.  He became a member of various committees of Senate and Council. He spear headed establishment various policies for the Library and University, notably (Intellectual Property Management Policy, Institutional Repository Policy, Policy on Plagiarism and Collection Development Policy). He was the coordinator of Gulu University-Tulane University ICT project and the University Library Community Outreach Services. He was the first Chairman Senior Administrative Staff Association of Gulu University (2008-2010). 

On the National scene, he was the regional representative of Uganda Library and Information Science Association for Northern Uganda; a member of the Executive of the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) (2011-2013), and Associate Consultant ICT in Uganda Management Institute (2008-2010). Participated as a team member of consultants assembled by National Council for Higher Education for Assessment of readiness of various university projects, setting minimum curriculum requirement as well as review of LIS curriculum. He is an external examiner of graduate research of various universities. At international arena, he has participated in numerous conferences including World Library and Information Congress in 2008 (WLIC) in Quebec, Canada following winning essay contest among peers of African librarians leading him to become a member of International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) Special Interest Group.

He is continuing to published widely in the field of information sciences and information systems applying modelling skills in transdisciplinary phenomenon such as; policy implementation, geographic information systems, nodding syndrome disease modelling and library process modelling. 


International Conferences Proceedings

  • Kizito Ongaya1 Emily Bagarukayo2, Benedict Oyo3 David Okello-Owiny4 (2024). Policy Challenges in Establishing Institutional Repository: Business Process Modeling of Universities in Uganda. Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL), 22nd – 26th April 2024, Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Kizito Ongaya1, Benedict Oyo2, Emily Bagarukayo1, Gilbert Maiga1, Ali Mansourian3 George William Omony4 (2020). A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Environmental Variability as Potential Predictor of Nodding Syndrome Prevalence. International Conference on Geographical Science for Resilient Communities, Ecosystems and Livelihoods under Global Environmental Change (GORILLA) 2020 Conference.
  • Ongaya, Kizito (2009). Web-Based Spatio-Temporal Decision Support Tool for Humanitarian Support Distribution. Work from his Masters research featured in Professional paper in the American Journal of Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI), serial 2053, ESRI International Conference 2009.
  • Ongaya, Kizito (2008). The Challenges of academic research libraries in supporting research: a case of Gulu University. African best winning essay for 74th International Federation of Library Association (IFLA). Published as an article IFLA, July 2008.
  • Ongaya, Kizito (2010). Copyleft open-source ICT initiative: a growing challenge to copyright in African Oral Literature. (Paper a presented to the 8th Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literature of Africa (ISOLA) on 15th -20th July 2010.Kenya, Mombasa.