Efficiency of Kenya Libraries Information Services Consortium in Provision of E-Resources in Academic Libraries: Case of Laikipia University Library
Kimanga, Njuguna Andrew
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Consortium building by libraries underpins their existence in the current world of information Communication and Technology (ICT). The study was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of Kenya Libraries Information Services Consortium (KLISC) in provision of electronic resources in Laikipia University Library in Laikipia County. The study set out to ascertain adequacy of e-resources training and marketing approaches by the consortium as well as identify challenges faced while using the resources. The study was inspired by findings from diverse parts of the world that indicated low uptake and inadequate utilization of electronic resources purchased by libraries. This study was informed by National Resource Sharing Network model which guided the development of National Resource sharing Network by the Indian Government. A case study method was employed and the researcher interviewed 23 library staff including the University Librarian and the structured questionnaires were administered to 237 post-graduate students in the University. The pilot study was carried out in Egerton University and comprised 4 library staff and 10 post-graduate students as respondents. The analysis of data collected was done using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22 for Windows and presented in form of frequency distribution tables, pie charts and percentages. The research findings established that Laikipia University Library faces challenges in efficient access and utilization of e-resources by both staff and library users and there was a direct relationship between lack of adequate training, promotion of e-resources and user support from the consortium. The researcher recommended enhancement of modern technology to member libraries, online training, and establishment of real time help link from KLISC and policy creation regarding access and utilization of e-resources from the consortium.