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 of 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, Myanmar and Burundi better integrate into
the United States Society. 

Currently, Musa is the Assistant Library Director at Southeast Missouri State University
(SEMO). Prior to joining SEMO, he worked at University of South Florida as a librarian in
the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center where he was 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

Resistance as Presented in Handwritten Testimonies of Children from Gitarama Prefecture Who Lived Through the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, 33rd Millersville University conference on the Holocaust and Genocide. Resistance to the Holocaust and Genocide. (2014)

Manifestation of Psychological Trauma in Handwritten Testimonies of Children Who Experienced the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Rwanda 20 Years After: Memory, Justice, and Recovery in the Shadow of Genocide. (2014)

Preserving Children’s Handwritten Testimonies: The Case of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Memory, Memorials, and Media: Re-Imagining World History. (2014)

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)