Dr Patrick Ajibade
Postdoctoral Fellow

Patrick Ajibade is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University. He is a Systems Librarian, database and digital archives expert working on the Online Resources for Higher Education Transformation (ORHET), a joint project of the Nelson Mandela University, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, and the Central University of Technology. Patrick's core tasks includes software design, database management and web development of the ORHET platforms, including creating responsive web applications, digital collections and creation of digital archival repositories and development of the ORHET databases. Patrick is responsible for the creation of extensive and interactive digital archives. The collaborative platform's core is being designed to host research, e-learning and training resources, provide discussion forums, blended learning and development, created databases, chatrooms, blogs, and research networks linked to the digital humanities and higher education transformation.

Patrick’s scholarship span national boundary as he was a recipient of the South African VU Amsterdam Strategic Skill Scholarship. He is currently a National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences NIHSS-CODESRIA African Pathways Scholar, and Vice-Chancellor Prestigious Fellowship awardee at Nelson Mandela University. He holds a MSc (MLIS - Cum laude) and PhD from the University of Fort Hare. He obtained a M.Sc. Information Studies, (BIS) Business Information Systems from Universiteit van Amsterdam, and Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands.

Patrick’s research focuses on digital humanities, the fourth industrial revolution and knowledge production. Part of his work is aimed at developing the Library and Information Science curriculum on systems and digital librarianship. His research interest in system librarianship underpinned by software design and web application is pivotal for the LIS discipline to respond to technology advancement in the field. He is designing a web application curriculum for LIS studies, and working on the 4th Industrial Revolution and Digital Humanities. Patrick has over seven years lecturing and university administration experience within the South African Higher Education systems and has published over 20 articles in DHET accredited journals. He is serving as an editorial member and reviewer for various international journals in the US, Europe and Africa.

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