In a bid to offer first class services and tap to the ever evolving technology sphere, Zetech University has commissioned the varsity’s scholarly repository portal; a platform for the library that allows students and users to remotely access books and research documents across different subjects.
The Scholarly Repository, a knowledge management portal, contains archives, workshops, newsletters and research projects uploaded onto a portal that stores and allows the dissemination of research and findings that can be accessed from anywhere.
According to the University Chief Librarian, Mr. Simon Macharia, the idea of a knowledge management portal originated from the Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) with the main objective of collective subscription to electronic resources to cope with the increasing cost of information resources.
“KLISC is responsible for working with universities so as to come up with the repository to enable users to access important information, instrumental to academic success,” said Macharia, adding, “another reason why we set up the repository is to remain at par with other universities who already have the system in place.” Some of these institutions include University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Technical University and JKUAT.
The university’s students gain to benefit from the platform with some already finding the repository system as very helpful because of the easy access to research. Engineering student Samuel Wanjiru shared, “The repository helps me do my assignments as I can easily access the information I require. The best part about it is that it is flexible in that it can be accessed anywhere and through whichever gadget a student finds suitable.”
During the commissioning of the portal, University Vice Chancellor Prof. Edwin Wamukoya expressed the university’s commitment to enhance academic quality through establishment of such efficient resources.
“Students can now enhance the research skills through the scholarly repository; they have no reason to put together poorly research papers as knowledge and research has been made more available for their use. I look forward to proper and effective use of this research tool and applaud the library management for making it a reality for our trainees” Prof. Wamukoya said.
The University remains committed to providing quality higher education and empowering learners to effectively use resources in order to excel academically and augment their general knowledge.