THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI HOSTS FIFTH CERN-UNESCO SCHOOL ON DIGITAL LIBRARIES

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Date and time: 
Thu, 2018-10-11 10:19

This year, CERN-UNESCO organized the Fifth School on Digital Libraries that is being held at the University of Nairobi from 8th to 12th October 2018. On 8th October, the training was officially opened by Prof. Madara Ogot, the Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production & Extension) on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor in his speech that was read by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production & Extension) said that continuous support of CERN-UNESCO through the Schools on Digital Libraries will go a long way in enhancing scientific presence of African Universities. The Vice Chancellor in his speech also wished all the participants a fruitful training and welcomed them at the University.  Prof. Peter Ngau, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering was in attendance. Other invited guests were President, Kenya Library Association, Chair, Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium and UNESCO-Nairobi representative. The Ag. Director, Library and Information Services together with the Library team were at the forefront in organizing for this event.

The purpose of the school  is to deepen the participants understanding of digital libraries by equipping them with practical solutions for setting up and running digital libraries, bring out new trends in scientific publishing and introduce a set of principles related to open access and open knowledge that are crucial to promoting open science.

The school is aimed at librarians and IT information specialists working with libraries from all over African countries. The School has 30 participants, 16 from Kenya and 14 from other African countries. Some of those countries that are represented include; Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

Previous schools took place at Rwanda (2009), Morocco (2010) and Senegal (2011).The Fourth CERN-UNESCO School on Digital Libraries took place at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Ghana in November 2016. The University of Nairobi participated in this particular training with representation by two Library staff, the Systems Librarian and the Library Senior ICT Technologist. Further, University Library Senior ICT Technologist was among those who attended a technical CERN-UNESCO training in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2017. 

The University of Nairobi prides itself with an established digital repository with over 80,000 records and it takes the lead in Kenya and in East and Central of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2019-10-11 10:19
Contact Person: 

Emmanuel Guantai