Jomo kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is set to invest more than Ksh. 2 million in acquiring electronic journals. University Librarian, Lawrence Wanyama has revealed that the investment has been necessitated by the publication of new journals which are central to rigorous academic research which forms the foundation of University studies.
To this end, the University expects to source for additional 400 journals to the collection already in place as part of the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium which provides access to electronic resources from over 40 public and private universities, the World Bank and the United Nations.
To ensure inclusiveness of all areas of study, all departments at the University have been requested to avail a list of necessary journals that are not in the current collection. The accessibility of this collection will be exclusive to JKUAT students and staff members and the collection will not be part of the consortium’s collection.
Electronic journals, also known as e-journals and electronic serials are scholarly articles or intellectual magazines that can be accessed via electronic transmission. In practice, this means that they are usually published on the Web. They are a specialized form of electronic resources which provide material for academic research and they are formatted almost like journal articles in traditional print journals.
JKUAT Karen Campus is already utilizing electronic materials particularly the School of Law, which makes use of LexisNexis Academic electronic recourses to gain access to superior legal research.