Muni University Library Staff organized a training for the library users (students and Staff) on how to search, retrieve and use electronic resources that the University Subscribes to, on Saturday 25th August 2018. The training attracted 74 participants.
“Electronic Resources” refer to those information resources (materials) that require computer access, whether through a Laptop, Desktop computer, or handheld mobile device like Kindle Fires, Tablets and Smartphones. They may either be accessed remotely via the Internet or locally.
Academic Libraries play critical role in the achievement of the functions of the University in teaching, learning, research and community outreach. Electronic Resources represent an increasingly important component of collection building activities of libraries.
Muni University is a member of the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries. This membership created an opportunity for Muni University to have access to vast Electronic Information Resources. The university currently has access to up to over 50,000 online journals and 20,000 e-books and also over 45,000 journal titles via Research4Life (AGORA-Agriculture, Forestry, Fishers, Climate & Food security; HINARI-Health; ARD-Innovation & Technology; OARE-Environment; GOALI-Law) and other schemes.
However, availability to these vast resources is not enough as there are diverse challenges for researchers and other users to access the resources. The Librarians have frequently received complaints from the users on how to access these resources. This training was aimed at building the capacity of the library users to have easy access to electronic publications. The specific objectives of this training were to:

  • Sensitize the University Community about the available E-Resources
  • Learn how to search for information using a variety of information retrieval tools.
  • Learn how to develop search strategy
  • Use the various search techniques available to broaden or narrow a search
  • Conduct a search on e-book and e-journal search platforms
  • Search for items in the Library Catalogue (OPAC) if given the author, title, or keywords (subject) and locate the item on the shelf using the appropriate call number


Electronic Information resources are very important in supporting the blended learning approach that the university adopted for learning and teaching. There are already scheduled plans to have a similar training targeting teaching staff. The rationale of targeting teaching staff is that once they become familiar and comfortable with the resources, they will advocate for their use by their students and also include the e-resources in their reading lists.
 Another training on referencing and citation and the use of eJournals and eBooks for research and answering course works/or writing reports will be held on Saturday 8th September 2018 beginning at 9:00am.

 

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