The use of CD-ROM Technology in some selected Kenyan Libraries: an evaluation
Nyantika, Joachim Ogendi
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Libraries and other information centres in developing countries are adopting modern information technologies for accessing both bibliographic and non-bibliographic information usually available in the developed countries in machine-readable format. The intention is to retrieve this information while still current. However, developing countries face a number of hardships in their struggle to access this information such as poorly developed communication infrastructures, lack of trained staff and inadequate funding. This study sought to ascertain the current usage and status of CD-ROM products in some selected libraries and other information centres in Kenya. The study looks at the products owned or being subscribed to, acquisition arrangements, the titles held, and the number of workstations supported. Libraries were also asked about extent of use, suitability, potential and impact of CD-ROM technology. Related areas are also evaluated. Libraries were also asked to compare CD-ROM technology with other forms of information transfer media such as on-line search activity, the print sources and the microform. An inquiry was made about the merits and demerits of the technology in the information arena. The research employed questionnaire and observation methods to collect data which was subjected to tabulation and descriptive analysis. The study has ended with a section on conclusions and recommendations where useful findings have been recorded and several recommendations put forward. It is envisaged that most of these will be adopted by both current and potential CD-ROM users in Kenya as initially the study aimed at making useful contributions to the existing state of CD-ROM services in Kenya libraries and information units.