Access and use of electronic resources and other library services in JKUAT campuses has been made easier following launch of four service delivery innovations. The innovations that were developed by the ICT Directorate and mounted by the library touches on online self-registration and access of resources while integrating libraries in all the campuses.
Speaking during the launch of the innovations, Friday December 5, 2014, Prof. Mabel Imbuga noted that the move will enhance and streamline access to a plethora of e-resources to University users thereby improving both teaching and research at JKUAT.
“It is remarkable that this event is happening coincidentally as we mark our annual JKUAT Tech Expo which allows our researchers and students to showcase their innovations,” said Prof. Imbuga in a speech by Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, DVC Academic Affairs.
The innovations are part of the University’s knowledge management strategy for improved service delivery as captured in the quality management systems JKUAT has entrenched.
The Librarian, Dr. Roselyne Mangira reported that the innovations had greatly improved service delivery, cutting down on man hours and paperwork. She urged the University community to actively utilize the digital platforms both within and off campus, adding that over 2241 students who were admitted in the September 2014 intake are now using the e-portal of the library.
ICT Director, Dr. Wafula Muliaro reiterated the commitment of his Directorate in helping various offices of the University move service delivery online. Leveraging on ICT, Muliaro asserted, is one way through which JKUAT will remain globally competitive and visible.
JKUAT students through the Academic Secretary, Eucabeth Kabwoya thanked the management for the progressive move which opined has facilitated access to academic resources by students in a convenient and flexible way.
“While it took me a whole semester to register with the Library in 2012, it only takes a few minutes to be a library user today, thanks to the service deliver innovations,” Eucabeth said.
The launch of the innovations was attended by a number of University officers including Principal, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Haroun Mengech.