The Information Resource Centre (IRC) (Library) is a research support unit for icipe’s researchers and scholars, managed under the Capacity Building & Institutional Development Programme. Services include content development, acquisition, technical services, inter-library loan and document delivery services, and information literacy training. The IRC is both physical and virtual. It has a collection of about 10,000 books, journals and reports, and access to 18,780 e-journals and ~20,000 eBooks. The current sitting area in the IRC can host up to 40 people.

Partnerships and resources

The IRC has established partnerships with organizations and institutions that has enabled the IRC to increase access to e-resources (journals and books) at an affordable cost. These partnerships include:

  • Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), through which icipe has access to 24 electronic databases with a total of 15,400 e-journals and ~20,000 e-books.
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina Information for Africa (BAIFA) provides access to all Science Direct resources. Science Direct resources include all Elsevier journals, Scopus [the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature], and Reaxys [a web-based tool for the retrieval of chemistry information and data from published literature].
  • Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL) provides free access to 5 databases of digital information.
  • Research4Life gives access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online through its AGORA, HINARI and ARDI programmes.
  • International Network of Access to Scientific Publications (INASP) (through KLISC) provides training and access to Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERi) resources).
  • Biodiversity Heritage Libraries-Africa (BHLA) provides digitization services, open access and wide visibility of icipe research through the Encyclopedia of Life project (EoL). BHLA also provides books to icipe.
  • International Federation of Libraries & Institutions (IFLA) provides capacity building and access to publisher promotion materials for training.
  • CABi Direct provides access to its resources. CABI provides datasheets, maps, images, abstracts and full text e-books.

The IRC also subscribes to Ebsco Discovery Services (EDS), a single search platform for all e-resources available to icipe, and OCLC EZproxy - a proxy system that enables off-campus access to all icipe e-resources.

Functions and services

  • Ensures easy access to a large number of e-resources at an affordable cost
  • An archive of icipe publications, theses and scientific output.
  • Regional knowledge hub in insect science and related disciplines.
  • Provides document delivery of e-journal articles upon request.
  • Identification, location and retrieval of documents for users.
  • Facilitates borrowing of books and interlibrary loan for users.
  • Facilitates off-campus access to electronic resources.
  • Training on library use and information literacy

IRC (Library) Links

Positions of IRC coordinator, Mr Arnold Mwanzu, with partner organizations

  1. Executive Committee Member - Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) (link)
  2. Standing Committee Member, Preservation and Conservation Committee - International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) - (link)
  3. Country Coordinator for Promotion of e-Resources - International Access to Scientific Publications (INASP) (link)
  4. Kenya Node Representative - Biodiversity Heritage Libraries Africa (BHL) (link)
  5. 2018 IFLA OCLC Fellowship: awarded by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) along with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship; and will enable the IRC coordinator to attend a one-month fellowship program in Dublin, Ohio in April 2018 (link).