Celebrating the milestones achieved in the introduction of the e-readers program dubbed LEAP 2.0 in partnership with Worldreader.
|knls Director Richard Atuti, Sejal Shah, Worldreader Board Chair, Joan Mwachi Country Director Worldreader, Sam Madoka Board Member knls and pupils display the LEAP 2.0 report during the launch.|
Kenya National Library Service benefited with over 3000 e-reader devices that were introduced to the libraries in partnership with Worldreader. Through a program dubbed (Libraries, E-Reading, Activities, Partnerships) LEAP, Worldreader sought to work with libraries in promoting reading using digital devices. LEAP 1.0
Library E-reading and Partnership ProgramFollowing the successful implementation of the LEAP 2.0 two-year project, Worldreader released their final project report which was launched on 1st August 2018, at Sarova Panafic Hotel in a breakfast forum. Unlike where independent community libraries were involved, LEAP 2.0 was solely implemented under the knls network. The LEAP (Libraries, E-reading, Activities and Partnerships) project brought Worldreader’s digital reading platform to 61 public libraries in Kenya. It took place over 3 years (2014 – 2017) and delivered 3,000 e-reading devices and over 600,000 e-books across Kenya. It was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The event was attended by publishers, librarians, authors, Worldreader staff, knls staff and journalists, selected beneficiaries of the program among others.
Worldreader collaborates with device manufacturers, local and international publishers, government agencies, education officials, and local communities in order to boost reading worldwide.
Guest during the Worldreader Report Launch at Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi.
Mobile information literacy (MIL) is the use of mobile devices to access and share e-resources and information. The MIL cascade training, facilitated by 3 knls trainers (Sarah Ogembo, Raymond Chepkwony and Michael Kazungu) was conducted on 7th – 8th May for twelve (12) ICT officers. knls ICT officers are responsible for managing and maintaining digital technology in knls libraries, and for developing technology skills of librarians and library users. This training was aimed at building capacity for the trainees to cascade mobile information literacy skills to colleagues and community members.
Training on general TOT abilities and ICT curriculum review was held on 9th – 11th May and facilitated by Susan Schnuer, EIFL and Nyasha Sithole from Masiphumelele Community Library-Capetown. The ICT officers reviewed their curriculum and developed individual action plans for cascade trainings in their respective regions.
Five hub libraries that include: knls Rumuruti, Kisii, Nyeri, Lagam and Kabarnet undertook the task of conducting a reading promotion event in their libraries. The reading promotion event was in line with the deliverables of the Inspiring Readers programme Tranche 2. This follows the successful implementation of reading promotion events in the said libraries in Tranche 1 that benefitted the hub libraries and the schools that were chosen in the said tranche. The hub libraries main objectives, through their librarians, was to try to pass on skills to teachers on how to effectively carry out reading promotions events. This is with the view of introducing new ways to champion an active reading culture among the patrons. The teacher librarians got ideas, suggestions and methods of ensuring that they make reading fun. This was through the adoption of spelling competitions, word puzzles, read out loud, role plays and talent creation. The five hub libraries conducted their reading promotion events successfully between 10th-15th May 2018, at the library grounds.
The SILL cascade training for 29 participants (19 TOTs and 10 Librarians) facilitated by 3 knls trainers (Mary Kinyanjui, Miriam Mureithi and Jacobed Masila) and Susan Schnuer-EIFL, was held on 1st to 2nd May 2018. SILL is a leadership training aimed at building the librarians’ capacity to solve problems that may arise while introducing new services in their libraries. The Library Spaces subject training was held on 3rd May 2018 and facilitated by Ari Katz, a trainer from International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). The training develops staff ability to innovate, to use library spaces in creative ways, and to take the lead in implementing action plans.
The forum was organized by knls Nyeri with partnership with Member of County Assembly Nyeri, Hon Patrick Mutahi who holds the youth docket. The forum sought to address the issues of use of social media, career guide, goal setting and relationship with God. Participants were informed of the need to make quality use of social media since some of the items they share there might not be retrievable and they affect their image as students, job seekers and members of the society.
Knls also carried out a user education activity in order to raise awareness about knls Services and encourage good utility of the library resources. The session ended with an open session where the youth engaged the MCA on their areas of concern. More than 120 youths attended the forum and they thanked the management for the program.
Nakuru Library with support from Goethe Institute is implementing a digital learning programme that aims at providing opportunities for the youth to access online courses in the Library. The programme was launched on 4th May 2018, with a stakeholder’s workshop that was officiated by Ms Elizabeth Wichenje of Goethe institute. The program will run from May to September 2018 and targets at least 100 participants who will go through training in five modules i.e. introduction to computers, journalism for social change, Html/CSS, Mobile information literacy, Blogging & Coding. Facilitators are drawn from the community and library staff.
A total of 256 participant’s graduated having successfully completed various online short courses conducted in the library at no cost. This courses included: Introduction to computers; Journalism for social change, HTML/CSS, among other. Among the invited guests was the Senator Nakuru County Hon Susan Kihika who was represented by Ms Lucy Njeri. In her speech on behalf of the Senator, she observed that knls is greatly contributing towards creating jobs for the youth and reassured the library of her support. She promised to deliver some furniture before the end of the year. Among other invited guests were Ms Susan Schnuer from EIFL and Ari Katz from IREX.