The Zetech University annual library week kicked off this week in a bid to inspire students to make maximum use of the facility while adopting a healthy reading and research culture.
The 2016 edition, which runs from 6th June- 10th June, will see students and staff access training on efficient use of the digital and physical libraries, close interaction with the library staff and exposure to an exhibition where they can enjoy access to discounted books across different schools.
Commenting on the event, the varsity’s Chief Librarian Simon Macharia emphasised the importance of research and increasing knowledge for any student which is largely contributed to by access and proper use of the library,
“The essence of the library week is to highlight the critical role that a library plays in a student’s life and serves to remind learners on the value of research and studying in order to excel in their academic life,” Macharia said.
Understanding the value of sharing knowledge and time, this year’s edition will also include a spirited community service initiative that will see the library team and other volunteers visit the Ruiru Rehabilitation centre in Kiambu County and donate stationery while engaging with the children at the home.
The week will also host numerous national and international book sellers and publishers who will enjoy an opportunity to market their products while offering favourable prices for the book and publication,
“The idea is to provide our thousands of students access to publishers and products they may not have time to access at different bookshops across the country.” shared Macharia.
In addition, the library is running an essay writing competition on ‘The Making of an Innovator’ for the Zetech students that requires them to pen a captivating 2000-2500 word piece to include 10 valid references (5 books and 5 journals). The winners of the competition will be recognized at the end of the event and will receive cash prizes.
To crown it all, at the close of the week-long event, the team will hold a public lecture at the Thika Road Campus auditorium on Friday, 10th June, with Dr. Joseph K. Ngugi, an Assistant Professor at USIU, on Evidence Based Entrepreneurship. The lecture serves as a constructive end to an eventful week celebrating the importance of the Zetech University library.