JKUAT Library in conjunction with the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) organized a training to sensitize postgraduate students and staff on how to reap the benefits that come with online resources that the CABI platform offers.
The training held, June 4, 2019 targeted students and staff in the College of Agriculture Natural Resources (COANRE), College of Health Sciences (COHES) and the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS), who got an opportunity to interrogate the CABI platform in order to gauge its effectiveness ahead of its implementation.
Speaking during the training, the Principal, COANRE, Prof. David Mburu urged training participants to be good ambassadors of the initiative to their peers, noting, “the CABI website would be a pool of knowledge for student and staff once it takes off.” The University, he stated, was committed to provide students and staff with access to information, adding the partnership with CABI would help in consolidating this objective.
Prof. Mburu acknowledged that e-material provided through the CABI online platform had revolutionized training and research by making learning material easily accessible at the touch of the button. He urged the University community through the Library to support and embrace the new wave of e-learning at all costs as it would strengthen and affirm its position as a top institution offering quality training and research.
University Librarian, Dr. Roselyn Mangira appreciated CABI’s efforts in ensuring important information is made available to the users especially research material, citing the importance of access to information in ensuring continuity of any profession.
She underscored the critical role the library plays in any major learning institution in terms of improving learning and availing research material adding that the CABI online platform would ease and enhance its role in ensuring all the necessary documents are easily accessible to all stakeholders.
Dr. Mangira further said, the University library would strive to partner with other like-minded agencies to ensure the University is competitive in matters education, while establishing a virtual library, a library without boundaries that will be visible and accessible to all.
Showcasing the user friendly CABI website to the participants, CABI Communication Scientist, Mr. David Onyango, said CABI, a non-profit organization, aims at tackling issues of global concern such as food security, through science, information and communication.
Mr. Onyango opined that the company’s goal of providing scientific expertise and information about agriculture and the environment would improve the University in terms of accessibility to up to date quality information, thus enhancing its growth as a knowledge hub.
The Communication Scientist said his organization would also provide a 30-day trial package to the University to have a feel of its online services before fully implementing it.
CABI has expertise in scientific publishing and international development. In 2013-2017, CABI and Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) partnered to provide access to Kenyan member universities.