Karatina University for the first time participated in the knowledge ambassadors’ workshop held at Zetech University on 14th March, 2017. This is a forum where students from various universities meet to learn, network and share their information skills. Such forums are facilitated by the university libraries by guiding the students on how to research, use electronic resources, and avoid plagiarism among other academic misconducts and using online tools to carry out surveys.
The workshop was organized by Kenya Libraries and Information Services consortium (KLISC), which is a consortium of member institutions with a main purpose of pooling together resources to subscribe to electronic journals and books and capacity development among librarians. Karatina University being a member of the consortium was represented by three students and the Senior Librarian. The students came from different years and programmes of study.
They gave a presentation on how to use Google forms to conduct research from data collection to analysis. Other topics of presentation done by various students from other universities included; using Zotero and Mendeley for reference management, using survey monkey to conduct research and use of e-resources databases for academic work among other topics.
The Senior Librarian appreciated the students for their noble idea and courage to participate in the event and promised the establishment of knowledge ambassadors’ club in the university with the aim of creating awareness among students to the existing electronic resources the university has subscribed to and building information skills of all students. The university’s participating students were Davy Leiyian (2nd year Hospitality), Vivian Ndinya (3rd year Computer Science) and Lilys Muriithi (4th year Biochemistry).