The JKUAT Library carried out the first phase of orientation for first year students on 23rd August 2016. The students had opportunity to be acquainted to the library and the staff who will be serving them. Without this induction, the students may not fully benefit from the library’s wealth of resources. They were welcomed to the library by Ms. Caroline Kimuna who was appointed recently as DUL, Instructional and Information Services – IIS and Ms Alice Mwanza who is the JKUAT Circulation Librarian. The other DUL is Mr. Jamleck Ngugi who is in charge of Administration and Bibliographic Services (ABS)
The first phase of the orientation targeted the first year students from the College of
Engineering and Technology (COETEC), the College of Health Sciences (COHES), the College of Pure, Applied Sciences (COPAS), the Faculty of Agriculture and the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT). Students from the College of Human Resources Development (COHRED) are scheduled for orientation on Friday the 26th August from 2.00pm.
The freshers were guided on how to locate a book using our Online Catalogue. The catalogue makes it convenient to search for a book without having to come to the library since it is web based. They were also shown how to retrieve the book identified as relevant. The students then visited the various information services sections. The students spent time at the Circulation Section which is the heart of the library being informed on various borrowing and lending policies. The students were also informed that the library has recently introduced a section to cater for students with special needs.
The JKUAT Library offers various online services. These include access to wireless internet, E-books and Journals and e-past papers. Training on how to use the online information resources is also offered. These was part of the content they were oriented on in the Digital Services and Systems Sections.
The students’ meeting with Dr. Roselyne Mangira, the JKUAT University Librarian was the climax of the day’s programme. The librarian introduced her team to the students and gave each of the staff an opportunity to market the services in their respective sections. The session also gave the students an invaluable opportunity to interact with the library staff. Mr. James Onunga, who will be joining the Public Health Department gave a vote of thanks. He remarked that he is a friend of the library and that is what helped him to excel in his academics. The University Librarian recruited him as in the Library Ambassador Programme. This is a programme that engages students and staff as friends of the library with the mandate of marketing the
library and its services to their peers.
Those who missed the session are strongly advised to register in the library for a makeup session to be organized later in the semester. The JKUAT Library fraternity takes this opportunity to congratulate and welcome all the first years who have joined this great university.
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