Kenyan Library of the Year Award

The Kenyan library award is an initiative of the Goethe Institute in cooperation with the Kenyan Library Association and the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. The project is financially supported by the Kenyan Ministry of Culture. Other project partners such as World Reader, Book Aid International and eKitabu give donations (books, computers, eReaders) as prizes for the winners. The purpose of the award is to strengthen libraries in their important role for Kenyan society and to motivate the libraries through competition for quality.

Libraries compete in the following categories: large public libraries, small public libraries, special libraries, university libraries and school libraries. The winners of each category and the overall winner - "Library of the Year" - are chosen by an independent jury on the grounds of detailed applications and site visits. The price is to be used for a measure in favour of the acknowledged library.
 
The following criteria are decisive for the award:

  1. services for the community such as public events or programmes to promote reading;
  2. current and up-to-date media inventory;
  3. consideration for the cultural diversity of the Kenyan society;
  4. dealing with the basic questions of Kenyan society;
  5. use of modern technologies in information services.

Call for Applications: Maktaba Awards

Attention, librarians! You can now apply for the Maktaba Library of the Year Awards. Deadline is 14 July, please see the poster for more info.
 

Maktaba Awards 2017 Maktaba Awards

  • Mr. Wenslas Ong’ayo, Mr. Uwe Koppel and Prof. Okoth Okombo following the proceedings at Maktaba Awards 2016 © Photoways Communications
    Mr. Wenslas Ong’ayo, Mr. Uwe Koppel and Prof. Okoth Okombo following the proceedings at Maktaba Awards 2016
  • Dr. Tirong’ Tanui, Chairman of the Kenya Library Association, addresses the invited guests © Photoways Communications
    Dr. Tirong’ Tanui, Chairman of the Kenya Library Association, addresses the invited guests
  • Irene Kibandi, a member of the panel of judges, presenting the judges’ report © Photoways Communications
    Irene Kibandi, a member of the panel of judges, presenting the judges’ report
  • Panel of judges for Maktaba Awards 2016 © Photoways Communications
    Panel of judges for Maktaba Awards 2016
  • Mr. Uwe Koppel of the German Embassy Nairobi gives his speech © Photoways Communications
    Mr. Uwe Koppel of the German Embassy Nairobi gives his speech
  • Invited guests following the proceedings keenly © Photoways Communications
    Invited guests following the proceedings keenly
  • Prof. Okoth Okombo gives the keynote speech at the Maktaba Awards 2016 © Photoways Communications
    Prof. Okoth Okombo gives the keynote speech at the Maktaba Awards 2016
  • A time to shake a leg at the Maktaba Awards © Photoways Communications
    A time to shake a leg at the Maktaba Awards
  • Mr. David Muswii of KNLS and Mr. Will Clurman of eKitabu join dancers on stage © Photoways Communications
    Mr. David Muswii of KNLS and Mr. Will Clurman of eKitabu join dancers on stage
  • Mr. Will Clurman presents an award to the Nairobi Primary School librarian © Photoways Communications
    Mr. Will Clurman presents an award to the Nairobi Primary School librarian
  • Librarians from the Nairobi Primary School proudly display their prize © Photoways Communications
    Librarians from the Nairobi Primary School proudly display their prize
  • The ECD Library of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development was the third best special library in 2016 © Photoways Communications
    The ECD Library of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development was the third best special library in 2016
  • The Library of the Nation Media Group won in the Special Libraries category © Photoways Communications
    The Library of the Nation Media Group won in the Special Libraries category
  • The library of the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa was the best school library this year © Photoways Communications
    The library of the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa was the best school library this year
  • Librarians from KNLS Nakuru receiving their prize © Photoways Communications
    Librarians from KNLS Nakuru receiving their prize
  • KNLS Kisumu Library emerged the winner in the Public Libraries category © Photoways Communications
    KNLS Kisumu Library emerged the winner in the Public Libraries category
  • Dr. Robert Ouko KNLS Memorial Library was the best community library this year © Photoways Communications
    Dr. Robert Ouko KNLS Memorial Library was the best community library this year
  • The Kenyatta University Post Modern Library emerged the best academic library in 2016 © Photoways Communications
    The Kenyatta University Post Modern Library emerged the best academic library in 2016
  • Library of the Year 2016 – KNLS Kisumu © Photoways Communications
    Library of the Year 2016 – KNLS Kisumu
  • The Kenyatta University Post Modern Library emerged the best academic library in 2016 © Photoways Communications
    The Kenyatta University Post Modern Library emerged the best academic library in 2016

Kenyan Library of the Year 2016

On September 30, the Kenyan Library of the Year Awards (Maktaba Awards) were celebrated for the seventh time. A total of 81 libraries participated in this year’s competition. The library of the Kenya National Library Service in Kisumu was awarded the main prize as "Library of the Year".

All ten jury members concurred that this library deserved the prize for the following reasons:

  • The library has established itself as an important actor in the field of the promotion of reading and mediation of research and information competency in the last five years. The library has founded so-called book clubs in at least ten schools in which students of different grades and age groups meet regularly to engage in activities such as reading, writing, storytelling, researching for information online, etc. These activities are organized and carried out in collaboration with teachers and librarians.
  • The library regularly organizes arts and crafts sessions for parents and their children. They are offering both activities for parents and children as well as activities for parents amongst themselves. This has made the library a popular venue of learning and encounter.
  • The libraries drive to remote places once a week with a book bus to provide the people there with books, magazines and other media, to which they otherwise would not have access.
  • The library has a special program for children with reading and spelling problems. Using mobile reading devices (tablets, e-book readers) and interactive picture books, the librarians help the children to improve their reading and writing skills.
  • The library contributes to the preservation of cultural heritage: it organizes traditional dances, storytelling events and theatrical performances. These are recorded and presented to the customers in the library in DVD format.
The library in Kisumu is one of 60 libraries in the Kenya National Library Service’s network, a government institution responsible for the administration and financing of public libraries in Kenya.

More information about the Kenya National Library Service here.

Winners

Here is the full list of winners of the Maktaba Awards:

The overall price (Library of the Year Award) was won by the KNLS Kisumu Library.

Community Libraries:

(1) KNLS Koru Dr.Robert Ouko Memorial Library
(2) Siaya Community Library
(3) KNH Paediatric Hospital Library
 
Public School Libraries Category:
(1) Starehe Girls High School Library
(2) Alliance High School Library
(3) Nairobi Primary School Library
 
Private School Libraries Category:
(1) Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Library
(2) Kisaruni Girls Secondary School Library
(3) Kenya Fluorspar Primary School Library
 
Special Libraries:
(1) Nation Media Group Library
(2) P.C.E.A. Tumutumu Training College Library
(3) Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development ECD Library
 
Public Libraries:
(1) KNLS Kisumu Library
(2) KNLS Nakuru Library
(3) KNLS Buruburu Library
 
Academic Libraries:
(1) Kenyatta University Post Modern Library
(2) Catholic University of Eastern Africa Library
(3) KCA University Library
 
Special Commendation Award:
KNLS Narok Library
Mathare Community Outreach Joy Library
Nduru Girls Secondary School Library
 
Overall Winner (Library of the Year 2016):
KNLS Kisumu Library
The overall price (Library of the Year Award) was won by the Dr. Robert Ouko Memorial Community Library.

Community Libraries:

(1) Dr.Robert Ouko Memorial Library
(2) Micato-Americashare Library
(3) Siaya Community Library
 
Public School Libraries Category:
(1) Alliance High School Library
(2) St. Francis Mang’u Girls High School Library
(3) Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School Library
 
Private School Libraries Category:
(1) Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Library
(2) Makini Schools Library
(3) Loreto Convent  Msongari Primary Library
 
Special Libraries:
(1) Kenya Inst. of Curriculum Development Library
(2) National Museums of Kenya Nairobi Library
(3) Nation Media Group Library
 
Public Libraries:
(1) KNLS Buru Buru Library
(2) KNLS Nakuru Library
(3) KNLS Narok Library
 
Academic Libraries:
(1) Catholic University Library
(2) KCA University Library
(3) USIU University Library
 
Special Commendation Award:
Kaaga School for the Deaf Library
 
Overall Winner (Library of the Year 2015):
Dr. Robert Ouko Memorial Community Library