E-resources training for COETEC staff was held on 25th February 2016 at the ICT lab in Technology house. The training is the last of a series of training workshops that the office of the DVC AA requested the library to organize for all academic staff. Ms. Grace Wairimu who is the chair, Mechatronic Department and Mr Elijah Musango Munyao, a lecturer from Marine Engineering Department were the coordinators for the day.
Dr, Eng Hiram Ndiritu, Chairman of Mechanical Department represented Prof. Eng. Bernard W. Ikua, the Principal COETEC. He welcomed participants and opened the workshop. In his opening remarks, he appreciated the library for organising the workshop. He also acknowledged the role of the ICT Directorate in the training. He pointed out that what makes a genius is access to information.
Mr. Jamleck Ngugi who is the Ag. Deputy University Librarian represented Dr. Roselyne Mangira, the University Librarian who was away on official duty. He introduced the facilitators and also gave an overview of the e-resources and the objectives of the workshop.
One of the objectives of the training was to equip JKUAT teaching staff with skills for conducting effective information searches in the various e-resources databases that JKUAT has access to. Ms. Miriam Ndungu who heads the Digital Services Section gave a demo on advanced searching of the e-resources. Of particular interest was the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journal database. IEEE contains almost one-third of the world’s current literature in electrical engineering, communications, and computer science. Participants were introduced to the off campus access link that allows all our staff and students to access all our resources from whatever location they are at.
Dr Patrick Mbindyo, Director Research presented on publishing in high impact journals. He encouraged staff to publish in open access journals where their work can be accessed easily. This will lead to higher citations for their articles. His presentation was well complimented by Ms. Jeddy Muturi who represented Mr Kipkorir Sang, the Chairman, Information Systems. She took participants through opening google scholar accounts and the benefits of the accounts.
Mr. Richard Midigo who is the Library’s Systems Librarian gave a demo on Mendeley citation and referencing software. This software is capable of automatically formatting citations and references according to different referencing styles. It therefore takes away the headache of having to remember where punctuation marks are to be placed within the text and in the list of references. He also gave a demo on Viper Plagiarism Scanner which is an Open Source software. Participants were equipped with the skills to self-check their work.
Ms. Grace Wairimu gave the vote of thanks and closing remarks.