Kenyan Library of the Year Award

The Kenyan library award is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut, the Kenya Library Association and the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. The project is also financially supported by the Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts. 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 prize is to be used for a project to improve the services in the winning 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.
  • Alliance High School Library © Photoways Production

    Alliance High School Library

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    Contented award winners

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    Eliphas Nyamogo and Dr. Mshai Mwangola. Committee members look on

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    Fun at Maktaba Awards

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    Happy winners

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    LOYA overall winner- KICD-ECD library

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    Maktaba Committee members

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    PCEA Tumutumu College Library

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    Special commendation award for Ndege Primary School

Kenyan Library of the Year 2017

On Friday, September 22, the Kenyan Library of the Year Awards (Maktaba Awards) were celebrated for the eighth time. A total of 75 libraries participated in this year’s competition. The Library of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD ECD), 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:
 
 
  • This is a one stop shop library with a restaurant within the building
  • The library collection is unique and consists of curriculum support materials that have been locally developed and produced. These include: ECD syllabuses,handbooks,teaching and learning materials(realia),toys, photographs and audio visual materials. Books on local languages e.g.Luo,Kikuyu,Kamba,Embu etc are also collected and preserved for posterity
  • The library has a special collection on the new competence-based curriculum for pre-school that is currently being piloted in selected 470 schools within the country
  • The collection also included pre-school digital content that has been developed locally and installed in laptops. The laptops are used to access e-resources and introduce young children to computers
  • The library embraces modern trends in information dissemination. It has an automated Library Management System with an Online Public Access Catalogue
  • The library conducts online searched and disseminates information to library clients through email
  • To enhance its security the library has installed CCTV cameras which are integrated with a surveillance station

 

Winners

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


The overall price (Library of the Year Award) was won by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD ECD) library.

Community Libraries:

1.KNLS Dr.Robert Ouko Memorial Library
2.Elimu Resource Centre
3.KNLS Kibera
 
Public School Libraries Category:
1.Alliance High School
2.Starehe Girls Centre
3.Nduru Girls High School
 
Private School Libraries Category:
1.Kenya Fluorspar Primary School
2.Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa
3.Bhayani School
 
Special Libraries:
1.KICD ECD library
2.KRA library
3.P.C.E.A Tumutumu college library
 
Public Libraries:
1.KNLS Nakuru
2.KNLS Kisumu
3.KNLS Buruburu
 
Academic Libraries:
1.Catholic University of Eastern Africa
2.Aga Khan University
3.Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
 
Special Commendation Award:
Ndege Primary School
Nduru Girls Secondary School Library

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

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