Prof. Alfred S. Sife
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Prof. Alfred S. Sife

Library Professor


Vice Chancellor

Area of expertise

E-resources, scientometrics, bibliometrics, ICT4D, information literacy, records management.

Short Biography

Alfred S. Sife is a Professor of library and information science at Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Currently, he is serving as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU). Prior to joining MoCU, Prof. Sife was the Director of the Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) between July 2014 and February 2018. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Institute of Continuing Education at SUA between July 2011 and June 2014. Prof. Sife was the Secretary to the SUA Gender Policy Implementation Committee between May 2006 and December 2014 and he was the Coordinator of Resource Mobilization and Member of Executive Committee of the Consortium of Tanzania Universities and Research Libraries (COTUL) between December 2015 and September 2018. On various occasions, he has assumed other academic and non-academic leadership responsibilities, participated in, and chaired numerous committees.

Prof. Sife began his academic career as Trainee Assistant Librarian at SUA in May 2000 and has since risen to various academic ranks until he becomes Associate Library Professor in 2014. He obtained his undergraduate degree (B.Sc. Forestry) in 1999 from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). His undergraduate research was on basic density and strength properties of Cordia Africana (under the supervision of Prof. Kiko F.S. Hamza). He completed master degree (2003) and PhD (2010) in information studies from University of Dar es Salaam. His masters research was on the information behaviour of forestry researchers in electronic environment (supervised by the late Prof. Ophelia Mascarenhas) and his doctoral thesis was on the contribution of mobile telephony, radio and television to poverty and rural livelihoods (Supervised by Prof. Elizabeth Kiondo).

Prof. Sife has made over 60 scholarly contributions, including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, reviews and other writings (see his Google scholar profile). His research, teaching and consultancy interests center mainly on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), scientometrics and bibliometrics, e-resources, information literacy, and records management. He has supervised, mentored and examined numerous undergraduate, masters and doctoral research projects. Prof. Sife has professional experience in managing of library and information services, and has widely facilitated trainings on e-resources, reference management and scientific writing.