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Plans underway to digitize all national libraries and registries

29 October 2014, 21:07

Kisumu - Association of Government Librarians is in the process of digitalizing all national libraries and registries with a view to maximize on space.

The Association’s chairman, Richard Khasyala said the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology had already started working on the process.

“Currently, we have a problem of space in our libraries but digitization will be the immediate solution,” he said.

Speaking to the media during the librarian’s annual workshop in Kisumu on Tuesday, Khasyala added that government librarians and those in charge of various registries will be trained to push for funding of their libraries over time.

He challenged the library officers to ensure that all information reaches the intended targets at the right time by profiling their users.

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“General information is marketed through the local media but special ones are handled by professionals like extension officers,” he added.

The chairman observed that the reading habits had changed from general reading as many people now visit information centers and libraries to get more information.

Khasyala at the same time said that the association is currently trying to provide current information in all libraries, adding that the old ones will be kept in archives for reference purposes.

He argued that there was need to centralize all government websites for easy monitoring and challenged all the Information Technology officers to update their sites on daily basis.

Kisumu East Deputy County Commissioner, Moses Ole Tutui expressed concern that a lot of important research findings were being kept by the librarians yet such information would add value to the lives of Kenyans if well used.

In a speech read on his behalf by Kisumu East DO1, Solomon Chazira, Ole Tutui challenged the librarians to take a proactive role in marketing their products.

He advised the librarians to manage and organize their information properly to ensure timely access to the information by the intended users.

The forum was attended by librarians from the 47 Counties including the national assembly and those who work in various government department registries.

The theme of the workshop was, the 21st Century Information Managers-Agents of making Kenya knowledge based society.

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