The library in collaboration with students who are members of the Knowledge Ambassadors Club, which is composed of students who volunteer to learn and train their peers on library resources, use of technology and online collaborations. The Club organized a two-day library open sessions under the theme “Know Your Library”. During the two days, students and staff interacted with the members of the Club and library staff who trained them on; access to subscribed electronic resources, use of audio books, registration to off-campus access to library resources among other topics. The students who participated were amazed with the wealth of knowledge in the University library and dubbed it as ‘The Power House’. They expressed appreciation to their fellow students who had initiated that noble exercise which they said was an eye-opener and an enabler to their academic journey in the university and beyond. The fruits of the two-day event were immediately noticeable with an increase in usage statistics of the library resources.

This affirmed the Club’s Vision of promoting academic excellence to enlighten the members so as to empower their peers. The members of the club extended their initiative of marketing the library resources and joined Karatina Community Library as they launched their digital corner. The students interacted with the participants during the launch and showcased the ‘talking-books’ in the University library courtesy of the American Reference Centre. The books proved to be a crowd-puller, with the participants amazed at how technology has transformed information to cater for different reading preferences.

Karatina University Library has once again received books and audio visual information materials from the American Reference Center following a successful utilization of audio books given to the University last year. The books which are in various subjects ranging from entrepreneurship, communication, information and communication technology, library science to history and political science are part of the American Rotating Collection which the University has been hosting for over a year now. In addition to the information materials, the donation also included a 32 inch TV and a DVD player to be used to play the audio visual collection. Presenting the collection, the American Reference Center Director, Mr. George Kamau acknowledged the efforts the University had shown in involving the local community in accessing and using the audio books donated previously and hence the reason the Center decided to enhance the collection in the University. In addition, he promised to work with the University to establish an American Space within the University for Mt. Kenya region. Receiving the donations, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri appreciated the American Reference Center for their continued collaboration with the University in building the rotating collection. He promised the University would work on a strategic plan to actualize the establishment of the American Space at Karatina University. The presentation of the information materials was witnessed by the University Management, the Librarian and students.

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).

Books For Africa being the largest shipper of donated texts and library books and with a mission to end book famine in Africa shipped a 40ft container full of books to Karatina University. The received consignment had books in business and economics, computer science, mathematics, education, social sciences, medical and health sciences, law and fiction among others. The container was received and launched by the Vice Chancellor accompanied by the University Senate Members where he observed that, although the university subscribes and accesses digital information resources, there was need for the print books to supplement the e-resources, in addition to being the preferred form by some users. He appreciated BFA for the donation of the books and noted that they are current and relevant to the subject disciplines on offer at the University.

The consignment received will go a long way in building the library collection and it will also be used for community outreach programmes, where the library plans to share the books with the community library and neighboring schools. Karatina University acknowledges this partnership with Books For Africa in collecting and shipping these books. The Vice Chancellor called onto other organizations that can extend support for laboratory equipment and other research materials to partner with the University.

 

Karatina University Library received the rotating collection from the American Reference Center for use by the University and the local community. The collection includes print and audio books on diverse subjects, which are very relevant to the University’s programs and for general knowledge. The collection covers topics ranging from leadership, management, entrepreneurship, public speaking, communication, health, nutrition among others. The library has lined up many activities to promote the use of this collection within the university and the surrounding community. The collection will be available from any of Karatina University campuses and we welcome all to make use of this collection to enrich your knowledge. The audio books are very convenient to use anywhere, they come with a battery and earphones. The books were handed over to the Librarian by the DVC in charge of Academic Affairs for custody and promotion to the community as well as staff and students of Karatina University. The library appreciates American Reference Center for choosing Karatina University to host this collection.

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