knls Board recognizes the need to network with the public and private sector as well as individuals in its noble role to ensure that library and information services are accessible to as many Kenyans as possible. In effect, institutions dealing in information generation and management have become the focus of society as sources of the most needed commodity in today’s development process. The sudden reduction of the earth as a global village is an example of the information revolution the world is going through. More than ever before, the role of information managers has found its way to the forefront. The critical challenge is that Kenya cannot be left behind in this global process that puts high premium on information. The Board therefore values the contribution of stakeholders and other development partners as the sure way of enhancing accessibility to information by all.
Some of the partners who have assisted the Board in enhancing library and information provision to Kenyans include, among others:
Book Aid International (BAI) of UK donates books to deserving institutions through knls. Once the books are received by knls distribution is done on a first come first served basis. Deserving institutions are expected to apply for the books to the Director, knls.
Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) Support Data Access points in 10 knls Community Libraries.
Electronic Information for Libraries Network (EIFL) key supporter of e-health project.
National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) supports knls’ reading campaigns every year. These include: Annual National Book Week Celebrations and Children & Community Reading Tents.
Foreign embassies: Chinese Embassy has been giving scholarships to knls librarians to study Phd, Masters in Information Science at Postgraduate level in China.
United States Embassy in Nairobi has given some funds for the extension of the Children’s Section at the knls Kisumu Provincial Library. The donation was presented to knls by Karen Hartman, Public Affairs Section in early November 2007.
World Bank donates books on various development issues to knls. The books are available at the Development Information Center (DIC) at the National Library Division, Nairobi.
Goethe-Institute has been offering capacity building programmes to knls staff on cost-sharing basis.
Various communities, development partners and individuals who have contributed greatly to the development ofCommunity Based Libraries (CBLs).
Computer for Schools Kenya donated 11 computers to Naivasha and 20 computers to Munyu Community libraries. knls is also expecting another 200 computers from Computer for Schools in partnership with Computer Aid International. These would be distributed to the branch libraries countrywide.
Oxfam donated books on gender issues.
African Braille Center donated 2 Closed Circuit TVs from FORCE Foundation for the visually impaired persons.
Individual Kenyans like Dr. Manu Chandaria, among others have constantly been donating books to the library.
Kenya AIDS NGO's Consortium (KANCO).
Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examination Board (KASNEB)
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).
International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID).
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
International Network for Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).
American team of students donated USD 2406 = Ksh.159, 000 for the Camel Library on 21st July 2007. The students from William Paterson University Kenya Study Abroad program and The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers accompanied by their Kenyan lecturer Dr. Monicah Nyamwange.
Plan International to Embu library donated Motorcycle for book box service, TV and DVD to Embu library.
ExPat Foundation through BAI (UK) donated funds to buy books for Naivasha knls library, Naivasha Maximum Prison library and the Camel library.
Maskew/Miller Longman sponsored a workshop for branch librarians on usage of electronic resources in libraries in September 2007.
Kenya National Archives
Safaricom :- sponsored tournment