Department of Library and Information Science

Historical Background

Producing qualified Library and information specialists with adequate theoretical knowledge and practical skills in applications of modern Library and Information Science is found to be a strategic asset that will bring about significant development and changes in Ethiopia’s economy, politics, education, and other national sectors. In Mekelle University the College of Natural and Computational Sciences has started B.Sc. in Library and Information Science in 2010.


The mission of the Library and Information Science Department is to provide a high standard education that meets current and emerging library, information and technology needs, and prepares students for productive roles in a variety of continually evolving information environments, or to continue their education. The department also provides basic library skills and information literacy training for students in general, and provides training, consulting, professional development, and continuing education opportunities for library and information service professionals in the area.


The Library and Information Science Department envisions a society where all individuals, regardless of location, economic status, language, age, or any other factor, are able to freely and easily access, retrieve, and use information and knowledge to empower them to lead full and productive lives. The department is also committed to excellence in service that supports the mission of the University, as well as encourages and supports lifelong learning.


The chronic shortage of skilled Library and information personnel has been the main stumbling block in the development of modern Library and information systems and services in Ethiopia. A new era is regenerating national information professionalism for personal, social, educational, cultural, political, and economic progress. The overall objective of the Department is to address the trained library personal, human resource, technology and information needs for sustainable development of the libraries, Information centers, library education and libraries services. We hope that the department will be pioneering institution in the country, which will create the training of high-level professionals in the field of Library and Information Science. The Department thus strives to achieve sustainable employment in the area of Library and Information science in Ethiopia through knowledge and skill promotion and triggering positive change attitudes toward information society.

The objectives are:

  • Produce skilled Library and Information professionals that can plan, design, develop, organize, and manage modern and traditional Library and information resource centers/agencies in the country.

  • Provide training, consulting, professional development, and continuing education opportunities for library and information science professionals in the area.

  • Understand the relationship among Library, society, people, information organizations, and technology and identify the implications for managing and using information technology in the information resource centers and information agencies through management skills, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making and appropriate for the workplace.

  • Educate within and for a rapidly changing information technological world and understand how information technology is reshaping and affecting library and information resource centers/agencies and the profession. 

  • Provide relevant observational and practical experiences and opportunities for collaborative learning and networking within the Library and Information profession.

  • Create understanding of the role of information technologies, services and organizations in globalization. 

  • Teach and foster professional attitudes and Library and information service philosophy. 

  • To provide a sound basis for further research in Library and Information Science


The Department of Library and Information Science offers Undergraduate level programs in: Bachelor Degree in Library and Information Science


Department of Library and Information Science

Tewelde Tesfay

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Mekelle University


College of Natural and computational Sciences


The college of Natural and Computational Sciences (CNCS) was established in 2001 with seven BSc degree offering departments (Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, Mathematics, Sport Sciences and Library and information) when Mekelle University began implementing the Business Process Reengineering (BPR) the same year from departments which were parts of the former faculty of education and faculty of science and technology. Since its inception the college has been actively participating in several researches and community service activities in addition to its intensive teaching-learning efforts. Our college works day and night to give a research-based teaching both in post and undergraduate programs.

Purpose of the College

The College of Natural and Computational Science (CNCS) is dedicated to providing quality education, research and community services with the aim of meeting the needs and aspirations of the learning community. The CNCS strives to

  1. provide excellent teaching by ensuring students participation at each level improving scientific understanding of nature by providing creative and dynamic undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs

  2. support the community by giving all rounded community service activities by providing faculty expertise to governmental and nongovernmental organizations, industries, educational institutions, and professionals desiring additional scientific education or advice 

  3. serve as a scientific resource for the region and the nation and globally by disseminating its scientific findings and innovative approaches in science by publishing standard papers.


The college of natural and computational sciences (CNCS) aspires to bethe center of excellence in teaching-learning and research and community services in science and technology in producing internationally competent graduates and be one of the leading research colleges in the University by 2015.


 Values are sets of beliefs that shape behavior in organizations, and they strongly determine internal and external perceptions or Values are sets of beliefs that people in the organization think are important and to which they pay significant attention. CNCS thus believes that the following values are instrumental for accomplishing its purpose and achieving its vision.

  1. Quality first: the CNCS believes that its products (graduates and findings) as well as its services should be of the highest quality (superior quality). It applies new methods and technologies to enhance the quality of its services.

  2. People centered: Our fate is determined by the satisfaction of our customers. Hence, we value our customers and their affairs are our top concerns. CNCS also believes that its staff are the source of its strength.

  3. Innovation: We value innovation as we are in a higher education industry where creativity and innovation are not only necessities but also mandatory.

  4. Team work: Our future success depends on how effective are we at forming cohesive teams.

  5. Integrity and respect to ethics: Compliance to legal, social and professional ethics and norms is crucial for our survival and development.

  6. Cost conscious: We are committed to continuously seeking to improving our process and applying new methods and technologies to improve our service efficiency.

  7. Environment friendly: we respect and protect natural diversity.

  8. Inclusiveness: Our doors are open to all ethnic and religious groups,sensitivity to gender and disadvantaged group both sexes, and all colors without discrimination.

Academic Programs

The College of Natural and Computational Sciences encompasses eight academic departments each running three or four years undergraduate program. Six of the departments run also post graduation programs.

The Departments are:

  1.  Department of Biology
  2. Department of Earth Science
  3. Department of Chemistry
  4. Department of Physics
  5. Department of Sport Science
  6. Department of Library and Information Science
  7. Department of Statistics

 Overall, there are thirteen post graduate programs which are currently conferred by the above departments under the college.

The Masters Degree programs and the departments offering the programs are indicated below:

  1. Department of Earth Sciences:

    1. Master of Science in Hydrogeology

    2. Master of Science in Geological Engineering

    3. Master of Science in Economic Geology

    4. Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

  2. Department of Chemistry

    1. Master of Sciences in Chemistry (specialization in inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry)

  3. Department of Biology

    1. Master of Science in Biology (specialization in zoology, botany, fishery and aquatic toxicology)

  4. Department of Physics

    1. Master of science in physics (specialization in quantum physics, solid state physics and

  5. Department of mathematics

    1. Master of in Mathematics

  6. Department of Sport Sciences

    1. Master of Sciences in Sport Sciences

 Research Areas:

Most of the research undertakings of our college focus on natural resources assessment, development, and managements, environmental issues, quality of education, and basic sciences and technology advancement for development agendas of the nation. Specifically research undertakings have been going on in our college in the areas of water and mineral resources, basic science research, engineering geology, environmental pollution and protection (such as surface and groundwater pollution, pollution mitigation, sustainable environmental management etc), natural and man-made hazards prediction and mitigation, quality of education, and ecology. Most of the researches in our college intend to make research findings valuable input in solving societal problems in the Tigray region and beyond. Our college also undertakes basic science researches and is engaged in technology transfer for the benefit of our society.

 The college of natural and computational sciences has identified the following research thematic areas:

  1. Natural resources exploration, development and management

  2. Water resources exploration, development and management

  3. Geological and hydrogeological investigation

  4. Environmental impact assessment

  5. Renewable energy resources assessment, development and management

  6. Quality of education assessment, evaluation and intervention

  7. Youth participation in sport


With regards to research and publications, the college is one of the most successful in the university. Our college was number one in terms of number of publication in the 2011/2012 academic year with over 100 publications. Our college also has its own internationally registered journal known as “Momona, Ethiopian Journal of Sciences” available also online. This journal is indexed by the African Journals Online which is available at

Teaching and Research Facilities

The college of natural and computational sciences owns several laboratories which are mainly used for teaching purposes but also for research activities. The college has about 10 computer centers serving both the post and undergraduate students. The college has also specialized lapidaries with state of the art equipments dedicated for its teaching, research and community services. The college also administers its own class rooms which are about 20 in number and two seminar rooms. 

 Current College Officers

  • Tesfamichael G.Yohannes, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dean

  • Amaha Woldu, MSc, Head, Quality Assurance

  • Abdelwassie Hussein, PhD, Head, college research and community service

Department Heads

  1. Atakilti Araya , M.Sc. Head, Department of Mathematics

  2. Mehari Muus, M.Sc. Head, Department of Chemistry

  3. Meron Desalegn, M.Sc. Head, Department of Statistics

  4. Hagos G.Hiwot, MSc, Head, Department of Physics

  5. Solomon G.Silassie, PhD, Assistant Professor, Head, Department of Earth Sciences

  6. Solomon Kiros, PhD, Head, Department Biology

  7. Tewolde Tesfay, BSc, Head, Department of Library and information sciences

  8. Woldegebriel Mezgebo, MSc, Head, Department of Sport Sciences


CCIA Mekelle University 2014