JKUAT once more scooped the trophy for best institution user of Emerald e-resources. JKUAT took position one out of more than 80 subscribing universities and research organizations.The JKUAT library has been partnering with students in marketing and promoting library resources in different ways. Our focus has been the marketing of our e-resources. The students we partner with are our library ambassadors. The rational is that the students who have benefitted from the e-resources are better suited to marketing the resources to their peers. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to fast track the uptake of e-resources and increase the usage.

The Emerald Publishing Group is one of JKUAT’s suppliers of electronic journals. The publisher has been sponsoring an annual inter university workshop/competition. The 4th annual workshop was held on 29th September 2016 at the USIU-Africa. The event brought together Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors from various universities in Kenya.  JKUAT is honored to be hosting next year’s event which coincides with Emerald’s celebration of 50 years in business.

USIU-Africa, University Librarian Dr. Sylvia Ogola gave a warm welcome to the participants. The event was officially opened by the USIU-Africa DVC Academic Affairs, Ambassador Professor Ruthie Rono. The DVC very aptly contextualised the concept of an ambassador having represented Kenya previously.  She informed the students that the role of any ambassador is to always promote and protect the interests of the entity one represents.

Mr. Sibu Koledade who is the Emerald Business Manager presented the Emerald products to the knowledge ambassadors. The presentations prepare the ambassadors for their task of representing Emerald among their peers. The Kenya Emerald Knowledge Ambassador Program patron, Jane Gikandi who is the University Librarian, Cooperative University of Kenya facilitated an interactive and very interesting discussion on what the Generation Y expects from the library.

The better part of the day was allocated to the student ambassadors’ creative presentations. The students had an option of picking different themes. Most of the universities chose to base their presentations on their dreams of the library of the future. The students’ creativity was evident. The librarians were left with the challenge of evolving their services to be at par with student expectations.

This year, the Library was represented by the following students:Harrison Andeko(Biochemistry),  Alfrick Omune(Biochemistry), Miriam Maseke and Grace(COHRED) and Kelvin Kamau from the Medical Lab Sciences. The students were accompanied by Miriam Ndungu, who has been coordinating the students activities.

The heads of Systems and Digital services sections presented the trophy to the University Librarian, Dr. Roselyne Mangira and Ms. Caroline Kimuna, the recently appointed Deputy University Librarian in Charge of Instruction and Information Services.  Ms Alice Mwanza is currently in charge of the library’s Special Collection and Postgraduate research having moved from the Library’s Digital Services Section while Mr. Omolo is in charge of Library Systems Section. Dr. Roselyne Mangira warmly acknowledged and lauded the achievement.

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