Maktaba Awards 2014

Maktaba Awards is an annual event that aims to recognize excellence in the provision of library and information services in Kenya. The 6th Edition of the Maktaba Awards took place on 19th September 2014 at the Kenya National Museum, Louise Leakey Auditorium. The event was organized by the Goethe-Institut Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association. The award is modelled on the German Library of the Year Award which Goethe-Institut as the founder partner sought to introduce in the country.  The award hopes to inject more professionalism, creativity and innovation in the library sector within the country.

The award has several categories within which libraries are clustered due to their mode of establishment, purposes served, clients served and the mandate that they seek to fulfil. A total of 77 libraries participated in this year’s competition. A panel of judges went through the documents and did verifications where necessary before arriving at their final verdict. Winning libraries received trophies, cash prizes, book donations, equipment donations and recognition certificates.

This year’s event was sponsored by Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts, Book Aid International, Worldreader, Goethe-Institut, Kenya Library Association, The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and Radio Africa Group. One of the sponsors of the event Book Aid International (BAI) donated 200 books to the three top libraries which totalled to around 5,000 new books.

A total number of 5 libraries within the knls network were awarded in two different categories as shown below.

Public Library Category

Position No.

Library

1.      

knls Buruburu Branch

2.      

knls Nakuru Branch

3.      

knls Meru Branch

 

Community Library Category

 

Position No.

Library

1.      

knls Dr. Robert Ouko Memorial Library Branch

2.      

knls Kibera Branch

 

We congratulate the knls branches that were awarded for having excelled in their various activites that ensure that we deliver the best to the customers. We also encourage more and more knls branches to register in the Maktaba Awards so as to assess their levels in customer service and also engage in continuous improvement.

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