Library week kicks off at Zetech
The University Library kicked off the Library week, a highly anticipated week-long event designed educate and train students and faculty on use of library offline and online resources. Inspired by the need to instill a healthy studying culture among the fraternity, the Library department has designated its team, coupled with the Zetech University Knowledge Ambassadors (ZUKA) at the various campuses to carry out the exercise.
In this edition, running on the theme Information is power, the department will enlighten students on accessing library resources while off campus to assist them in tackling assignments and undertaking research.
Launching the event, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Research, Extension and Student Affairs Dr. Alice Njuguna noted that the library is a critical facility students should leverage on to study efficiently. “The Library week initiative is a crucial part of the learning experience; we are determined to challenge students to be studious and effectively enhance their academic experience. I appreciate the department for taking the time to train students and staff.” said Dr. Njuguna. She added that these aspects will empower the University to remain among the leading private universities in Nairobi and Kenya.
On his part, Acting Head of Library Samuel Kihara called on learners to engage the Library personnel and the Knowledge Ambassadors during the event and gain insight on how to study effectively and enjoy the research experience. “We encourage students to engage with us and ask questions on use of resources, especially those who joined the University this semester.” said Samuel, adding that the team has incorporated games and prizes to sweeten the experience.
Throughout the week, students will also be charged to acknowledge sources in their assignments and research work and stay clear of plagiarism which involves turning in someone else’s work as your own, copying words or ideas without citation and giving incorrect information about sources. Additionally, they will be trained on referencing including use of Mendeley, a programme used for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online.