The library team was hosted by School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) on 1st July 2015 as part of the ongoing training on use of e-resources for all JKUAT staff. The team was received by Dr Susan Kibue, the Dean, SABS. Dr Munala had done a commendable job of sensitizing staff on the need for the training. The workshop was attended by 31 members of staff.
In his opening remarks, Professor Romanus Odhiambo, The JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVC AA) pointed out that Architectures is a key programme in the university. He urged the school to explore the feasibility of starting a Masters programme in Architecture. Given the number of students who have registered for construction management at Masters level, it was his opinion that starting the programme would be a move in the right direction. He stated that JKUAT graduates must be distinctly different from any other graduates. He appreciated the fast action by the JKUAT Library team in taking up the challenge to organize the workshop. He recognized the culture of collaboration with other departments that the library has continued to uphold. It was his belief that when we bring together the strengths of all our various departments, JKUAT will be able to move to a position of global excellence in all her undertakings. The DVC commended Dr Roselyne Mangira for being proactive in sensitizing members of staff on different issues.
Dr Roselyne Mangira, the JKUAT University Librarian welcomed participants. She requested the DVC AA for facilitation for a retreat so as to enable the training to be carried out in a more conducive learning environment. She set the pace for the day by outlining workshop expectations and outcomes. She also gave an overview of e-resources subscribed to by the university through the JKUAT Library.
Dr. Patrick Mbindyo, Director Research gave a presentation on publishing in high impact journals. He encouraged staff to publish in journals where their work can be easily accessed which may lead to higher citations for their articles. His presentation was well complimented by Mr Kipkorir Sang who took participants through opening Google scholar accounts which will bring together their articles and help track their citations. Since webometric ranking measures what is associated with respective institutions domains, the accounts will serve to improve our web ranking.
One of the objectives of the training is to equip participants with online information retrieval skills. Miriam Ndungu who is in charge of JKUAT Library Digital Services presented on information search skills. She gave a demo on advanced searching of the 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.
Mr Richard Omolo, introduced participants to OpenDOAR. This is an open access database of research from research institutions. The site may come in handy when looking for research areas as it contains thesis and dissertations. The JKUAT repository is registered in the same directory.
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.
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 focused on Viper Plagiarism Scanner which is an Open Source software. Participants were equipped with the skills to self-check their work. She also sensitized participants on E-book readers.
Mr Caleb K. Toroitich gave the vote of thanks and appreciated the library team who were well prepared for the workshop. He also thanked the management of the school for facilitating and attending the workshop.
The day came to a close with remarks from Professor Stephen Dianga. He recalled that he was the first to put his notes on the JKUAT E-Leaning platform. He asked participants to let the others know what they had missed so that they would make effort to attend the next time a similar workshop was organized.
The E- Resources Workshop for COETEC is scheduled to take place on 17th July 2015.