Zetech University held an interactive and insightful Information literacy day at the varsity campuses, in a bid to enhance lifelong learning among the university fraternity.
Information literacy is a knowledge-based skill the university community requires for competitive teaching and learning processes; it involves recognising when information is needed and the ability to efficiently locate, accurately evaluate, effectively use, and interact with information in various formats, to accomplish a specific purpose.
Commenting on the exercise, Zetech University Registrar-Academic Affairs Moses Maina highlighted the significance of capacity building at the institution, “This important exercise tasks our students and faculty to make full use of the library as a key partner in their education journey; information literacy is a tool for academic success and professional development.” Moses said.
On her part, Dr. Alice Njuguna, Acting VC and DVC, Academics, Research and Extension lauded the library team for a fruitful initiative, encouraging students to apply the knowledge acquired in their everyday learning, as information literacy is a crucial skill in the pursuit of knowledge. “At Zetech, we focus on empowering learners in all aspects of their academic journey to ensure they are effectively equipped to excel.” She said.
During the two day event, students and staff were engaged on use of electronic resources such as E-Books, E-Journals &, Online past papers, information searching and retrieval as well as reference systems, to guide them on effective use of the library.
Highlighting the significance of the initiative centred on the theme Redefining Literacy for Information Society, University Librarian Moses Kijugu noted that the initiative was well received by faculty members and students, “We appreciate the opportunity to educate our students and staff on this important tool of learning. Our focus remains to empower users to understand the power of information literacy in growing one’s academic and professional life.” Moses shared.
He added that his team recruited an able team of students to serve as Knowledge Ambassadors. These ambassadors were taken through an intense training session that ensured they were able to educate participants on efficient application of information literacy.