The JKUAT Library in collaboration with the management and staff of JKUAT Kisii Centre carried out a training on the use of electronic information resources for the students and staff of the centre on 11th and 12th July 2015. Similar training workshops have been conducted at Kitale Centre, Eldoret CBD Campus, Kisumu Centre, Kakamega CBD Campus, Karen Campus, Westlands Campus, Nairobi CBD Centre and KQ Pride Centre. A similar training for Nakuru CBD Centre is scheduled for 18th and 19th July 2015. Plans are underway to conduct training in the following campuses; Mombasa Centre, Arusha Centre and Kigali Campus. The training is done on request by respective campuses. E-resources training for JKUAT Main Campus teaching staff has been conducted in almost all the Colleges, Faculties and Institutes except COETEC. The training for COETEC will be communicated once the dates have been confirmed.
The training at Kisii Centre had 99 participants on the first day and 90 participants on the
second day. The first day’s participants included 15 members of staff while the second day had 18 members of staff in attendance. The training team and participants were excited to have the following dignitaries in the training:
Hon. Kebati Osoro (Postgraduate student) –Minister of Trade, Kisii County
Hon John Omwoyo (Postgraduate student)- Minister of Education, Kisii County
Mr. Philemon Ogola Obenge (Postgraduate student) Principal, Riambase Secondary
Mr. Gideon Oyagi (Postgraduate student) Former Commissioner and currently in the Devolution Department, Kisii County.
Professor Johana Sigei, Director Kisii Centre welcomed participants and informed them that the library team was available to offer guidance in searching for information. He pointed out that all the students at the campus have emails although some of them are yet to activate them. He gave an overview of what the students should expect from the workshop.
Dr. Roselyne Mangira, the JKUAT University Librarian introduced the library team. She presented an overview of the library’s organisational structure which indicates that the Campus Librarians report directly to her on technical issues. She emphasized that the services at the campus libraries must mirror those at the main campus library. She updated participants on the new JKUAT Board of Postgraduate requirements for thesis. She reminded them that they will be required to deposit a soft copy of their thesis with the JKUAT Digital Repository before graduating.
One of the objectives of the training is 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 and Mr. Richard Omolo who heads the library’s System Section gave demos on advanced searching of the different e-resources. Of particular interest was the off campus access link that allows all our staff and students to access all our resources from whatever location they are at.
The students were excited to see the range of e-services they can access through the student portal. Mr. Omolo took them through the steps of activating their student email which would facilitate their logging into the student portal.
The University Librarian introduced participants to the Amazon Kindle. This is an e-book reader that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading e-books and journals. With the kindle one does not have to use a laptop to access their e-books or journal articles. It is light and therefore extremely portable. It is actually lighter than the average smart phone. It holds 2000 e-books meaning that you can transfer all your downloads conveniently. It has a long battery life which is a big plus if you are travelling to an area with limited power supply. These are just a few of its many advantages. She urged participants to explore the kindle and its benefits.
Dr Mangira gave an overview on standardization of the format of citations and references in all research publications from the university. 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.
JKUAT emphasizes originality and authenticity of research output. Dr Mangira briefed participants on issues pertaining to plagiarism. JKUAT is in the process of acquiring Turn-It-In anti-plagiarism software. However, the demo by Mr Omolo focussed on Viper Plagiarism Scanner which is an Open Source software. Participants were equipped with the skills to self-check their work.
The workshop ended with a vote of thanks from Mr. Frederick Nyabando who is a
technician at the Centre. He remarked that participants need to reciprocate the effort made by the participants by making use of the resources.