Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is hosting the 24th Librarians meeting which brings together Librarians from the United Nations, the World Bank and all public and private Universities in Kenya.
The Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium Committee meeting which attracted more than 40 librarians was informed that JKUAT students and staff could access e-resources available in the library from any part of the world with internet access.
This is a result of upgrading of the ICT software used by the Library to ease the burden of users having to pay physical visits to the library to access e-resources they require for reading and research.
Addressing the meeting through a speech read on her behalf by Prof. David Mulati, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, underscored the effectiveness of modern libraries as a result of utilization of e-resources.
“The role of the libraries in promoting teaching and research in modern universities cannot be overemphasized. Indeed, libraries is the heart of any learning institution”, reiterated Prof. Imbuga.
JKUAT University Librarian, Dr. Lawrence Wanyama, in his address to the meeting said, several hot spots have also been established across the institution to enable those with lap-tops to study at their convenient times and surroundings of choice.
The University has also put in place a repository for all published research materials to make them more accessible and to encourage online research.
The two day meeting reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the participating institutions regarding sharing of resources and knowledge most of which are acquired through collective bargaining agreements and the support of the UN, World Bank and American Reference Centre.