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).




It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Karatina University Library. The University Library is your gateway to information resources that will inspire and facilitate your research and study across all disciplines. We aim to enrich your time spent at Karatina University by providing quality service, comfortable and collaborative study spaces, and world-class collections.

The University Library provides user-centered service, which embraces the use of new technologies as well as traditional learning materials to inform and enable the educational process. 

Karatina University library system comprises of three campus libraries, namely;
.............1.    Main Campus
.............2.    School of Education Itiati
.............3.    School of Business, Karatina Town
Which together with the Schools enable the University to create, conserve and disseminate knowledge through Training, Research, Innovation and Community outreach.

Library services are key and central to enhancing the student and researchers experience through its resources and facilities, and this contributes to developing a skilled, innovative and employable graduate workforce. In addition, the Department aims to foster good relationships with local, national and international library and information services, especially those within the higher education sector to sufficiently meet its clientele’s information needs.

The library provides a high-quality study environment for users, combining collections, ICT and reprographic facilities under one roof; delivered by professional and highly skilled staff. We provide extensive print, electronic and special collections and continually develop our services. We have invested in a Library Management System infrastructure as well as introduced social platforms and improved ICT in information provision. Enquiry points and high staff visibility support our users across all campuses.

The Library Portal is the gateway for users to accessing the information resources the library holds and subscribes to. The federated search facility Custom Search Engine enables resource discovery of the e-library collections. The Electronic Library gives staff and students access to many academic electronic resources, ranging from Emerald, JSTOR to Wiley Online, as well as in excess of 200,000 eBooks and multiple eJournals.


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