The JKUAT Library in collaboration with KQ Pride Centre conducted a training workshop on the use of e-journals and e-books for the PhD students at the centre on 11th April 2015. The well attended workshop started with welcome remarks from Mr. Allan Mugambi who represented Dr. Gathenya, the Centre’s director who was away on leave. Mr. Mugambi informed the students that JKUAT has a lot of electronic resources which they would be sensitized about.
The resource persons were the University Librarian, Dr
Roselyne Mang’ira, Mr. Richard Midigo who is the library’s Systems Librarian and Ms. Miriam Ndungu who heads the Digital Services Section.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Roselyne Mangira, informed participants that it is the library’s responsibility to ensure that students in all JKUAT campuses access the same information resources as those in main campus. She also updated them on the new Board of Postgraduate requirements for graduating students.
The participants were then taken through advanced search skills of different databases that JKUAT has subscribed to. Of great interest was the remote access to the e-resources using the off campus access link. The link allows all our users to access all resources from whatever location they are at making it very convenient. Other aspects that were covered included access to thesis and dissertations, the student portal, citation and referencing and publishing. Dr. Mangira introduced the students to the Amazon Kindle e-book reader which would come in handy in managing and accessing downloaded materials. A similar workshop targeting the centre’s MSc students is scheduled for 18th April 2015 at the same venue.
Mr. Washington Okoth, the students’ representative expressed their appreciation to the facilitators for the informative workshop.