Vol. 3 No. 1 (2018)

Information needs of and services to small-scale vegetable farmers in Wareng, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

Zipporah Rop
Library Department
Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Abstract

Rationale of Study – Agriculture remains the most important economic activity in Kenya. Efficient and effective provision of information is essential to the success of agriculture. The aim of this study was to investigate the provision of information to small-scale vegetable farmers in Wareng Sub-County, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya with a view of establishing the challenges and proposing a model for effective and efficient information flow to the vegetable farmers in the county.

Methodology – The research used a case study approach. The population of the study comprised 75 small scale vegetable farmers and 13 agricultural and extension officers in Wareng Sub-County. Data was collected through questionnaires and structured interviews as well as from secondary sources. The data was analysed using content analysis.

Findings – The study found that vegetable farmers lack timely information specific to their information needs. The existing information systems and services were inadequate in satisfying the information needs. Furthermore, the study established that access to information was hampered by inadequate information resources and services.

Implications – The findings of the study may be used to encourage the government to recognise the fact that information is an essential input for an effective agricultural system and as such contributes in a positive way to agricultural development. The findings, therefore, can be used to propose improvements to the existing information services, systems and channels in disseminating information to vegetable farmers.

Originality – This study was original in terms of its focus and geographical orientation. Small-scale vegetable farming in Kenya is an important socioeconomic activity which provides employment opportunities to many citizens yet very little is known about the information needs of the farmers.

Keywords

Small-scale vegetable farmers, agricultural information, Wareng Sub-County, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

 

Achieving information safety in a disaster environment: the way forward for Africa

Janes Ouma Odongo
Department of Governance and Public Policy
The Technical University of Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract

Rationale of Study – Disaster incidents are becoming common globally. When they occur, disasters are known to cause great havoc resulting in high numbers of human fatalities and injuries; massive damage and destruction of property; and high degrees of strain on environmental resources. In most cases, people only associate Africa’s disasters with humanitarian consequences while completely ignoring other forms of damages and losses caused therein. The impact of disasters on records and information in Africa is generally ignored.

Methodology – Based on a desk review of secondary data, this descriptive study explored the information capabilities, potentials and risks that Africa has which can be threatened by disasters.

Findings – The findings of the study indicate that although records management in Africa is still largely paper based, electronic records management is picking pace across the continent in line with current global practice. However, the limited use of digital document signing technologies means that official signed records still have to be kept in hard-copies. This poses threats to records during emergencies. 

Implications – The author recommends that a more holistic approach should be taken in discourses regarding Africa’s disasters and their management. Most importantly, there should be meaningful disaster management focused on ensuring information security before, during and after disasters. This is considering that even disaster recovery efforts are largely hinged on the safety of these records. 

Originality – Although it used secondary data, this study was original in terms of its scope and coverage. It emphasises that emerging technologies that enable records to be processed, signed and stored without printing should be used to ensure environmental and information safety during disasters.

Keywords

Information security, disaster management, development, Africa

 

The status of the implementation of institutional repositories in selected newly established universities in Kenya

Pauline Ruguru Njagi
Murang’a University of Technology
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Dr. Ben Namande
Kenyatta University
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Abstract 

Rationale of Study – Academic institutions worldwide have embraced institutional repositories as a means to showcase their research globally. In Kenya, the majority of academic institutions with effective repositories are established universities. Little is known of institutional repositories of newly established universities in Kenya. This study evaluated the status of the implementation of institutional repositories of universities established between 2016 and 2017 in Kenya. 

Methodology – The researchers used a descriptive research design in this study. Data was collected from professional library staff in three newly established universities using questionnaires. The actual respondents were selected through information-oriented purposive sampling. The sample size was twenty librarians from Kirinyaga University, Machakos University, and University of Embu. 

Findings – All the university libraries investigated had functional institutional repositories. The libraries had developed submission and metadata policies. The staff charged with implementing institutional repositories had relevant skills, understood the scholarly communication cycle, and were responsible for recruitment of institutional repository content. The challenges faced in implementing institutional repositories included low levels of awareness of the existence of IR by the intended users, reluctant of the researchers in submitting their research with the IR, lack of resources, inadequate staff, and submission policy. 

Implications – The findings of this study buttresses the place of information repositories as a platform to share research literature and open access to scholarly materials globally even for newly established universities in developing countries. 

Originality – Unlike the majority of research on institutional repositories in Kenya which focused on established universities, this study tells the story of newly established universities in Kenya. 

Keywords 

Institutional repository, newly-established universities, academic libraries, Kenya

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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Fredrick Odhiambo Adika
Library
Strathmore University
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Henry Nyabuto Kemoni
The Technical University of Kenya
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Naomi Mwai
The Technical University of Kenya
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Page 2 of 2

Search

Follow Us on Social Media