University of Nairobi Library Knowledge Ambassadors attend a workshop at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT)

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A team of four University of Nairobi students and one library staff attended an Emerald organized Knowledge Ambassadors’ workshop at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on 20th September 2017. The workshop which was attended  by students and library staff from more than ten Universities among them Daystar University, Nazarene University, Mount Kenya University, Strathmore University, UMMA University, Kenyatta University, Technical University of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) deliberated on the E-resources use in Universities.  

The occasion coincided with the 5th Emerald Knowledge Ambassador’s birthday celebrations and the 50th year celebration of Emerald in Kenya. The event was graced by the Vice Chancellor (JKUAT), Prof. M. Imbuga; Deputy Vice Chancellor (AA), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo; Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium executive officials and Emerald group business manager Kenya, Mr. Soji Koledale,

The aim of the workshop was to promote and encourage the use of students to champion the use of Library resources. The Student Knowledge Ambassadors market university libraries among peers as well as the faculty. Students are more technologically savvy and more vibrant in communicating with their peers. Hence, are better ambassadors of library resources. The Knowledge Ambassadors project is a volunteer service by students of all levels at all universities in Kenya. A student just needs to be passionate about the library services to qualify to join.

The workshop participants were able to share experiences and network with other Emerald users.