Hundreds of students visit the NUST library on a daily basis, and although the services are frequently upgraded in line with needs of modern technologies, traditional methods such as the use of boards are still of great value. Dr Andrew Niikondo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academics received the donation and expressed his gratitude. “I understand the boards are valued at N$20 000 dollars. This is in no way a small donation. Anything that any company or individual takes from their pockets and hands over should be valued,” he said.
The donation of the boards that are being used in the group study areas of the Library, was lobbied by the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).
Their President, Oscar Mwandingi, said that there was a great need for this donation. “Our mandate as the SRC is to better the lives of our students whilst they are at the Institution. This will go a long way in improving our studies as we spend a lot of time here,” he added.
Currently, the Library provides access to over 30 full-text peer reviewed journal and e-books databases. E-journals can also be accessed through an integrated search tool called the NUST Library Discovery Service. The Service searches all the subscribed databases at once, thus allowing users to access filtered results effectively and efficiently.
Furthermore, the Research Commons, a service that was introduced last year, has improved the Library’s research support to staff and students undertaking Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Users have access to computers and the Internet in an environment conducive for discussions.