Library Conducts Orientation for First Year Students from the School of Engineering

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First years from the School of Engineering (SoE) were oriented to UoN Library services on Friday 8th September 2017 from 9.00 am to 1.00 p.m. The students and library staff gathered in Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library’s Maktaba Hall. The Ag. Director, Library and Information Services graced the occasion and congratulated the ‘freshers’ on their admission to the UoN. She advised them to work hard to continue excelling in their studies and wished them well in their academic endeavours.

The students were briefed on library opening hours from Monday to Sunday, online registration requirements and library services. Some of the library services they were introduced to include staff assistance and guidance, lending of books, reference books & other information materials, photocopying, access to e-resources (e-books, e-journals, e-thesis.), training users how to access information (information literacy) and access to archives and rare collection. They were also introduced to various types of information resources accessible/available from the library. Some of the resources include books, newspapers, journals, archival sources and e-resources. They were briefed in details on various type of e-resources including e-books, e-journals and digital resources. The ‘freshers’ were also introduced to special collections including Africana and the UN collection.

The importance of acquiring information Skills was also emphasized. They were informed that the main objectives of the course (Information Skills) is to equip the students with skills necessary for effective identification, location, selection and use of information ethically by avoiding plagiarism. Then followed a lively Question and Answer session where the students interacted with the library staff. After the interactive Library Talk, the students were divided into several groups where each group was assigned a library staff to guide them in the library tour.

The guided library tour took them to the following sections: - Issue desk/Reserve section – Ground floor, Online Public Access Catalogue section – Ground Floor, Periodicals section – basement, Archives section – basement, Shelves and reading areas – all floors, E-resources section – 3rd Floor and East Africana collection – 3rd  Floor. The students were also reminded to register with the library so as to enable them to access all library services and information resources.