During the e-Resources Day, LIS staff presented a number of tutorials to visitors, schooling them in how to use the online services effectively, and responding to questions posed by the visitors. One of the staff members, Odilo Sikopo, said millions of dollars have been invested in these databases, and it is important that these are used effectively. “For instance, students must be well-equipped with skills to source relevant material for their assignments without wasting valuable time,” he said.
Since its inception in 1995, the LIS collection has grown to more than 240 000 e-books and e-journals, with a gradual decrease in print journals, reflecting the Department’s commitment towards technological advancement. This increase in electronic assets was made possible by a 19% spike in the Department’s acquisition budget, although the drop in value of the Namibian currency compared to the Pound, US Dollar and Euro has created some challenges for LIS staff.
The LIS continues to look at ways to improve services. One of the measures introduced was to extend visiting hours on Saturdays, a move that increased the visitor numbers to over 3 000 per day.
The recent opening of the Research Commons, a service focussing on staff and students who are completing their Master’s and Doctoral degrees, has created a more conducive environment for discussion and sharing of experiences in research. Some of the world’s most famous discoveries have been made through research, making it an integral element for the growth of any university.
The e-Resources Day is scheduled to be held annually.