Tertiary institutions have been urged to improve their library operations in order to meet the standards set by the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) and the Zimbabwe Library Association aimed at improving access to information for students across the country.
The call was made by the Midlands State University Librarian, Ms Nyarai Chibanda, while officially opening the Associate Affiliate Induction Workshop held on the 11th of October, 2019 at the University’s main campus in Gweru. She said institutions can develop their library operations by embracing the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) since this will allow easy access to critical information that students need for their studies.
‘As associate affiliate institutions we have the mandate to reach a certain level of operation, ranging from client service, research support service and content management that meets the required standards, that way we get to adequately serve our scholars in carrying out their research,’ she said.
The workshop focused on issues such as Client Services, Research Support Services Induction, library policies, shelving, reference services, E-Resources and Library Management Systems. The one-day workshop was attended by various institutions that have an associate or affiliate relationship with MSU, namely Trust Academy, College of Creative Arts Africa, Kaguvi Training Centre and Mlezu Agricultural College.