Embrace a reading, writing culture for improved knowhow, university students told

Monday, October 25th, 2021 00:00 |

University students in the country have been urged to embrace the culture of writing and reading books to share knowledge, skills and experiences so as to improve their knowhow on various matters of life.
Zetech University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academics, Research & Extension Dr. Alice Njuguna who spoke after launching a 2-day information literacy training whose theme was connect with the library noted that it is through reading that they will be able to explore their full potential.
Njuguna reiterated that through wide reading of scholarly books, the students will be able to offer solutions to many challenges facing Kenyans besides broadening their knowledge in technology, culture, lifestyle and world history.
At the same time, the don urged Kenyans to buy books and read to benefit from them noting that reading culture in the country is on a positive trajectory as ordinary citizens have started to appreciate its potential to transform their lives and that of their next of kin.
While thanking the university’s library team for their efforts in preparing the library week which saw students interact with librarians to not only read but also appreciate their (librarians) roles in their academic work, Njuguna maintained that the future of good scholars is found in wide reading of books and urged all students to uphold the culture.
"Our future leaders are made here and as a university, we strive to produce quality, innovative, and problem-solving graduates. Keep using the library and keep thirsting for knowledge,” she said.
The event that attracted 3418 library users and 9 faculty members was aimed at fostering a reading culture, to promote the usage of electronic resources and to participate in the library’s fun activities.
During the 2-day event, students competed in various activities among them creative writing, library scavenger hunt, book fair and book vote, chess competitions and poems.
This happened even as the university’s library emerged the best in the usage of KLISC databases and Emerald Publishing resources in 2021 in a contest that involved 106 institutions of higher learning and research bodies.
The university led universities such as Kenyatta University, United States International University-Africa, Strathmore University, University of Nairobi and Pan African Christian College which became number two, three, four, five and six respectively.

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