Over 100 students from 19 Kenyan universities converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for the 5th Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors workshop, September 20, 2017. The workshop themed; Ethics in Education sought to curb plagiarism as well as promoting the use of electronic resources in research.
Speaking during the workshop, Emerald Publishing Business Manager, Soji Koledade, said Emerald recognises that associations, universities and organisations strive to highlight quality and breadth of research undertaken in the society. He urged the universities through the libraries to create awareness of the use of e-resources and also improve libraries’ responsiveness to researchers’ information needs.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, in a speech read on her behalf by Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, commended Emerald’s role in supporting learning and research of the young, creative and innovative minds.
“With a database of more than 300 journals and more than 2500 books, I applaud Emerald for your efforts in promoting the use of electronic resources in our universities,” lauded Prof. Imbuga.
Prof Imbuga also informed participants that JKUAT recognised the benefits of a well designed and managed institutional digital repository and came up with a Digital Repository policy. She said the policy is vital in raising the profile and access to our research output and scholarly publications thus supporting students in scholarly activities and research undertakings.
Programme Coordinator, Ms. Jane Gikandi, while extolling the Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors Programme acknowledged that the programme has been adopted in most Kenyan Universities to foster student engagement and involve them in library e-resources promotional activities.
JKUAT University Librarian, Dr. Roselyn Mangira, said the workshop was meant to develop partnership among the Emerald Knowledge Ambassador-students from Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium member Institutions as they showcase their creativity in promoting the use of e-resources.
Sherryl Akinyi, JKUAT BSc. Financial Engineering 4 year student reckoned that the advent of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has paved way to easy access of information around the world. For students, she says it has made research a lot easier as they can access more information at a faster rate using limited resources.
The workshop coincided with Emerald Publishing 50 year anniversary in supporting education and research worldwide.