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MESSAGE FROM THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN
In its endeavor to fulfill its mission and vision, University Library is committed to providing quality services and has continued to provide excellent services to its users in collaboration with various stakeholders. The Library has achieved several milestones in terms of growth in information resources, infrastructure and staff training. The Library collection has continued to grow in leaps and bounds to the current total collection of 419,837 volumes of information resources in various disciplines and formats, distributed in the 10 libraries that form the Egerton University Library System.
Installation of Library Management System (AMLIB) and Electromagnetic Security System
In addition to the Njoro Campus Library that is fully automated, we have plans to automate all our Nakuru Town Campus and Nairobi Campus Libraries by the end of this year. The already has an electronic security detector. In this regard the library has acquired and installed additional electronic security system in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Library, Nakuru Town Campus College West Campus (Bawani) Library, and Nairobi City Campus Library in October this year. The systems are now in operation and have enhanced security in the libraries tremendously. A library Management System (AMLIB) has also been installed in the same Libraries to automate all operations. This will enhance effective and efficient service delivery.
Reorganization of the Nakuru Town Campus College Libraries (NTCCL)
The Nakuru Town Campus Library system consists of four libraries namely the West Campus (Bawani) Library, East Campus (EU) Library, Faculty of Health Sciences Library and Faculty of Law Library. The Faculty of Law Library is the most recent addition following the accreditation and launch of the Faculty early this year. In August this year, the West Campus and East Campus libraries which have been providing duplicate resources, were clearly distinguished in terms of the clientele they serve. The West Campus library was designated to serve clients from the Faculty of Commerce; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS); and Faculty of Science. The East Campus Library will now serve programs offered by the Faculties of Education and Community Development Studies (FEDCOS); Environment and Resource Development (FERD) and Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies. This reorganization is meant to make the libraries more focused on the information needs of the users and hence serve them better.
Open Access Workshop
The Library and Marketing Committee organized workshop a two-days on 26th and 27th October, 2016, to commemorate International Open Access Week which is held yearly across the globe to create awareness of the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and research. The theme for this year was “Open in Action”. The workshop was well attended by postgraduate students, undergraduate students’ representatives, members of the University Knowledge Management Committee and teaching staff. The participants were sensitized and trained on of the concept of Open Access, open access resources, and the Institutional Repository and its advantages. Participants were also taken through Citation and Referencing software. The outcome of the workshop was envisaged to be increased utilization of electronic resources and the Institutional Repository.
Library Community Outreach
As part of of the social corporate responsibility the library ahs a vibrant community outreach program whereby we visit neighbouring schools to impart and inculcate the reading culture in the minds of young learners. In a similar initiative the Library visited Kilimo High School on Wednesday 26th of October, 2016 to donate 99 volumes of books to the School Library. The materials are meant to enhance service provision of the school library to its community, especially in exposing students to readership that spans the curricula. The Library Community Outreach Committee and the Kilimo School Management identified several areas that we could collaborate on including advocacy and awareness and incorporation of multimedia in teaching to improve learning and teaching experience for learners and teachers.
Launch of the James P. Foster Collection
On 19th May 2016 Mr. James P. Foster, a Kenyan of British origin who was born in York, in the North of England, on 22 August 1929, bequeathed Egerton University Library with a rich Africana collection of over 3600 print books and reports. The collection was officially launched in a colourful ceremony on 2nd November presided over by the University Chancellor Prof. Shem O. Wandiga and graced by Mr. James P. Foster 2016. During the function attended by the University Board of Management memebers, Deans, Directors and Library staff, the Vice- Chancellor Prof. Rose A. Mwonya, thanked Mr James Foster for choosing the university to be the receipient of the collection. Prof. Illieva who was instrumental in the transfer of the collection to the University, said that Mr. Foster’s great passion in Kenyan history was the driving force behind the 60 years he spent collecting books and other materials on Kenya and Africa. The 3672 volume collection comprise of fiction and non fiction information materials including books, novels, survey reports, Census reports, different Commissions reports, manuscripts, maps, Ministry annual reports, Development Plans, Session papers and Constitution Writing working documents. These are on various subject areas including Agriculture, Sociology, Economics, History, Governance and Politics, Languages, Linguistics and Literature and Geography. Some of the books consist of rare signed first editions (e.g., Jomo Kenyatta’s Facing Mount Kenya) and other printed works spanning the last 170 years. The Collection will be housed at the CMRT in close proximity to the Rockefeller Library, whose staff will manage it, and make it available to researches. We sincerely thank Mr James Foster for his generous contribution to the library and promise to put strategies in place to create awareness and maximize the utilization of the resources by the researchers within and outside the University.
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