Musa Wakhungu Olaka holds a PhD degree from the School of Information Science and
Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. He also holds a Master of Education
(Library Studies) and a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya. 

He has many years experience working in academic libraries in Kenya, Rwanda and the
United States. Between the year 2000 and 2006, he worked as a librarian and as a lecturer
at Kigali Institute of Education where he helped establish a Library and Information
Science program to educate librarians in Rwanda. This was in addition to helping other
upcoming libraries in Rwanda to grow. 

It is while working in Rwanda and meeting victims of the genocide that Musa developed
more interest in issues regarding genocide and for the past couple years, he has been a
volunteer in supporting refugees from Rwanda and Burundi better integrate into the United
States Society. 

Currently, Musa is a Librarian in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center and is always
eager to assist researchers and library users access information on Genocide and crimes
against humanity. 

Selected Articles


Exploring copyright knowledge in relation to experience and education level among academic librarians in Kenya (with Denice Adkins), The International Information & Library Review (2012)

Selected Presentations

Embedded Librarianship in Academic Libraries in Kenya: Experiences of Librarians and part-time students in masters degree programs. (with Marie Khanyanji Khayesi), Kenya Library Association Regional Conference (2013)

First week of school after the 1994 Rwandan genocide: the case of students in public secondary schools in Kigali, 3rd Global Conference on Genocide: Knowing the Past, Safeguarding the Future (2012)

Knowledge of Copyright Issues and the Kenyan Copyright Law Among Academic Librarians in Kenya., 2nd International Conference on Information Capital, Property and Ethics (ICPE) (2010)


The role of Genocide in the development of Libraries and Librarianship in Rwanda., America Library Association (ALA) annual conference (2009)