Vol. 3 No. 2 (2018)

Collaboration Between the Faculty and Librarians to Improve Students’ Information Literacy Skills at Strathmore University 

Dr. Grace Wambui Kamau
Department of Information & Knowledge Management
The Technical University of Kenya
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Fredrick Odhiambo Adika
Library
Strathmore University
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Abstract

Rationale of Study – The current information explosion poses challenges in finding relevant information to individuals including university students. Therefore, there is need for students to be taught information literacy (IL) skills to enable them find relevant information for their discourses effectively and efficiently. This can best be achieved through faculty-librarians collaboration. The purpose of this study was to investigate the collaboration between the faculty and librarians in improvement of information literacy skills of all students at Strathmore University.  

Methodology – This was a case study of Strathmore University. A sample size of 40 respondents was purposively selected from a target population of 500 comprising of students, the faculty and librarians. Data was collected through structured interviews as well as documentary review. Data was analysed using content analysis and descriptive statistics. 

Findings – The study found that Strathmore University has embraced information literacy training. There exists limited faculty-librarian collaboration in IL training where the faculty provides scheduling of the timetable for the trainings, research assignments as well as involving the librarians in the assessment of originality of students’ assignments. The librarians conduct the IL trainings and assist in the assessment of originality of students’ assignments. However, more faculty-librarian collaboration is needed. The study recommends the integration of the IL course into the curriculum across disciplines.  

Implications – The findings of this study may benefit students by improving their information literacy as a result of improved faculty-librarians collaborative training. 

Originality – The study was original in terms of focus. It fills a void on recent research on faculty-librarian collaboration in Information literacy training. 

Keywords 

Faculty–librarian collaboration, Information literacy, Kenya, Lifelong learning, Strathmore University 

Management and Use of Indigenous Knowledge in Selected Public Institutions in the Nairobi City County, Kenya

Wamugi Samuel Maina
The Technical University of Kenya
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Henry Nyabuto Kemoni
The Technical University of Kenya
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Naomi Mwai
The Technical University of Kenya
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Abstract

Rationale of Study – The aim of the study was to investigate how indigenous knowledge is managed and used in selected public institutions within Nairobi City County, Kenya. The specific objectives were to establish how indigenous knowledge is acquired from local communities; explore the forms of indigenous knowledge managed and used; examine the indigenous knowledge management and use processes; investigate the challenges and opportunities in the management and use of indigenous knowledge; and recommend how to improve the management and use of indigenous knowledge.  

Methodology – The researcher adopted a qualitative research approach using a multiple case study design. Data was collected from 16 officers drawn from the National Museum of Kenya, Kenya National Library Service, Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service, and Kenya Medical Research Institute which deal with the management and use of indigenous knowledge in Nairobi City County.  

Findings – The institutions lacked policies to guide the acquisition of indigenous knowledge from local communities. There were various forms of indigenous knowledge managed and used in the public institutions. However, there were no guidelines for their management and use. The study concluded that although indigenous knowledge plays a significant role, it was neither properly managed nor used. Therefore, there is need to properly harness and manage its use.  

Implications – The study recommends the formulation of a proper legal framework to guide the management and use of indigenous knowledge. There is also need for adequate allocation of resources, publicity and setting up of more indigenous knowledge repositories. 

Originality – This paper is based on a Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Management dissertation written at the Technical University of Kenya in 2018. 

Keywords 

Indigenous knowledge, knowledge repositories, Nairobi City County, Kenya

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