Dr. John J. Iwata

John Iwata (PhD)

Senior Librarian


Teaching, researching, and developing library collection

Area of expertise

Teachers’ Education, and Information Studies

Short Biography

Dr. John Jackson Iwata is professionally a teacher and librarian. He is currently the Director of the Co-operative Library and Archives at Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) in Tanzania. Dr. Iwata holds a doctorate degree (PhD) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa where he also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from 2016-2017. As part of his postdoctoral studies in 2018 Dr. Iwata was attached to the UKZN as a Researcher Assistant in the University Capacity Development Project (UCDP) specifically in the area of Decolonisation of Education Curriculum in South Africa. Prior to his PhD which was awarded during the graduation ceremony held in April 2016; Dr. Iwata attained Master of Arts in Information Studies and Bachelor of Education in Arts from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during the graduations held in 2010 and 2007 respectively. Dr. Iwata’s employment records started at Marangu Teachers’ College where in 2007 he was employed as an Education Officer II and worked for a very short time. He later (in 2007/8) worked as a Part-time Schoolteacher at Kaole Secondary School in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. As an educator and researcher, Dr. Iwata is interested and specialises in teaching Research Methodology, Knowledge Management, and Education subjects. His research areas include knowledge management (specifically African indigenous knowledge), information literacy and ethics, and curriculum development. Dr. Iwata has intensively published in the area of management of African indigenous knowledge, and has taught in the areas of information literacy, computer applications and research.