The Framework for quality systems in academic libraries in Kenya: the basis for future information sharing.
Gichiri, Peter Wanyoike
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The extraordinary developments of Information Technology (IT) profoundly concern libraries which are today experiencing a phase of substantial change. These innovations have changed the image of the library, placing it before a radical transformation Librarians are moving into dramatically different roles as new services are implemented. The most significant transformations in libraries have been the automation of procedures, the realization of online catalogues and the growing presence of non-paper documentation. This study aimed at investigating the extent to which Academic Libraries in Kenya are addressing the ICT guidelines spelt out by the Commission Higher Education (CHE). The study also embarked on establishing whether there is a link between individual library’s systems specifications and the shared requirements among academic libraries in Kenya. The researcher saw this as a means of facilitating for the sharing of bibliographic information among academic libraries. From the research findings, the researcher aimed at designing a framework/model that systematically shows the fundamental steps that a quality library management system project should traverse. The research findings showed that over 87% of the respondents shared their systems specifications. This implied that there was a lot of uniformity within universities libraries in terms of systems specifications. This was supported by the fact all the sampled respondents agreed that academic libraries in Kenya should feel free to share their system specifications. Armed with this statistics, the researcher developed a modified “V model” of systems development which academic libraries in Kenya should adopt in their Integrated Library.