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Kenya Library of the Year (Maktaba Award) 2012

 

Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association presented the Maktaba Award 2012 on 21st September in Nairobi.

The Award aims to recognize excellence in the provision of library and information services in Kenya. The introduction of a national library award in Kenya is driven by the realization of the key role that information plays in the modern world and the fact that Kenya is part of the global information society. The Library of the Year Award comes in the form of a cash-prize of Ksh. 250,000/=, books, a trophy and a certificate. Since 2011 the Radio Africa Group is the "Official Media Sponsor" of Maktaba Award. In 2012 the non-governmental organization Children International also supported the competition.

The library of the Kenya Methodist University is the winner of the prize for the Library of the Year 2012 . The library has fully integrated modern technology in the provision of information services to its clientele and this is evident in the statistics that show that it has recorded the highest usage of electronic journals among the academic libraries in Kenya for the last two years. It has also assisted the neighbouring schools to establish and stock their own libraries.

The Library of the Year Award, which was introduced in 2010, is an annual event where all libraries compete in different categories and excellence, innovation and creativity are recognized and rewarded. The organizers and the library fraternity believe that the development of Kenya will only be realized if access to knowledge for all is given top priority. The message to all librarians and information managers is that they must play a central role in providing information services.

The prerequisite for this is to have modern, well equipped and user-friendly libraries manned by well trained librarians and information professionals. The Library of the Year Award aims to inject more professionalism, creativity and innovation in the library scene in Kenya.

Libraries were allowed to participate in the following categories:

  • academic
  • large public
  • community
  • school and
  • special libraries.

Participating libraries were assessed in the following areas among others:

  • Quality and innovation in provision of library and information services
  • Integration of modern technologies in service provision
  • Promotion of local content
  • Relevance of the services provided to the local community
  • Sustainability of the services and programmes
  • Provision of multicultural library services.

There was a total of 75 entries received in 2012. In 2011 there were 70 entries, while during the first Maktaba Awards (2010), a total of 36 libraries participated.

A panel of judges (with backgrounds in information management, marketing and information technology) analyzed the library profiles and visited all the libraries for assessment. The judges then compiled the results of the libraries assessed before making a decision on who the winners were.

The winning libraries for 2012 are as follows:

  Academic School Community Special Public Overall Winner
1 Kenya Methodist University Library Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Library Coastal Resource Centre Mombasa National Museums of Kenya Main Library KNLS Buru Buru Library Kenya Methodist University Library
2 Kenyatta University Post Modern Library Makini School Nairobi Library Slums Development and Resource Centres (SIDAREC) Nation Media Group Library KNLS Meru
3 KCA University Library Maryhill Girls High School Library Mathare Youth Sports Association Library Kenya Institute of Education ECD Library KNLS Thika District Library

This project is modeled on the German Library of the Year Award. Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce an annual national award for libraries. It is for this reason that all the libraries that participate in the national Library of the Year Award (Maktaba Award) have every right to be proud of their achievement. Any queries regarding the Maktaba Awards may be addressed to:
loyakenya@gmail.com.

Project Partners:
Goethe-Institut: http://www.goethe.de/ins/ke/nai/wis/bib/loya/enindex.htm
Kenya Library Association: www.klas.or.ke

 
 
     


 

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