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Knowledge Ambassadors Club launch at the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences

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Date and time: 
Thu, 2018-05-24 09:08
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CHS, Kenyatta Campus

Libraries need friends. Simple

The Knowledge Ambassadors (KA) Programme at the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences was officially launched on Friday 18th May, 2018 in a colourful ceremony at the CHS UNITID  seminar room. The occasion was graced by the University Librarian at the Cooperative College M/s Jane Gikandi and the University of Nairobi Deputy Director (Technical) M/s Rosemary Otando. KA are student friends of the Library. The programme encourages the use of students to champion the use of Library resources and services. The Students market library resources among peers as well as the faculty.

KA is a partnership programme between Library staff and students that creates a platform for students to educate their peers about library resources and services available in their institutions. The purpose of the partnership is to enhance knowledge transfer in Kenyan Universities.

Students are more technologically savvy and more vibrant in communicating with their peers, hence, are better ambassadors of library resources. . KA  is a volunteer service by students of all levels at all universities in Kenya. A student just needs to be passionate about the library services to qualify to join. Members operate in a Whatsapp group to notify each other on what is trending in the Library.

 The KA members agreed to carry out the following roles:

1.To support the mission of the Library namely to provide quality information service, that will empower the University in carrying out its core activities of teaching, learning, research community service and consultancy.

2.To support the Librarys’ social activities such as  Open days, Information literacy days and other social responsibilities.

3. To act as a link between Library and its users by building a greater realization of the importance of the Library to the continued development of the University  and the community.

4. To educate peers on how to use the E-resources, how to use the OPAC and during orientation period when new student intake takes place.

5. To be good Ambassadors of knowledge that are recognizable individuals with specific knowledge and experiences. They should be well trained by Librarians so as to be trainers of other students_ Trainer of trainers (TOT). Currently the Library is carrying out  use of Turnitin, Scival use, use of Referencing tools e.g Mendeley and Zotero , just to mention a few and students would be great in cascading this knowledge to their peers.

6.Suggest to the Library on how best to meet students' needs.

7. Act as a medium. Knowledge ambassadors are student  volunteers that work as a bridge between the Library and the students.

8. Help through advocacy.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2024-05-31 09:08

College Librarian


Mr. John Mwangi

College Librarian, CHS.

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