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The 36th SUA Graduation Ceremony has been held today Friday, December 18, 2020, at Solomon Mahlangu Campus (SMC), Mazimbu in Morogoro. The Chancellor of SUA Judge (Retired) Joseph Sinde Warioba conferred degree and non-degree awards to the 2019/2020 academic year graduates. Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) is happy to celebrate the achievements of its three staff namely Dr Nikolaus Mwalukasa, Ms Ester Chisaki and Mr Shaban Chika for different awards in this event. Dr Mwalukasa, a lecturer at SNAL have been awarded a Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Science following his successful study entitled "Mobile phone use in accessing rice information for adaptation to Climate Change in Kilosa and Kilombero Districts, Morogoro, Tanzania". Watch the video of Dr Mwalukasa serenading as he approaches Chancellor's table for his Doctoral award.  Loading... Dr N. Mwalukasa on his graduation gown Ms Chisaki and Mr Chika from SNAL at the Department of Knowledge Management and Department of Reference Community Information Services respectively were awarded a Bachelor Degree in Records and Information Management. Ms. Ester Chisaki in her graduation gown

For the year 2020, the Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) experienced changes and encouraging developments in various aspects. These include changes in management; space creation and re-arrangement of shelves; SNAL face-lifting by painting the building and enrolling new graduates.

SNAL has a new Director

The library has a new Director with effect from July 2020 - Prof. Camilius A. Sanga was appointed by the University Council to replace Prof. M.J.F. Lwehabura who completed his tenure of duty as the acting Director. Camilius A. Sanga is a Professor of Informatics since 2017. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He served as Head of the Department of Informatics (2011-2017). Prof. Sanga is a member of various Management and Professional Boards and Committees within and outside the university.

Following this appointment, SNAL staff members had a welcome meeting where Prof. M. J. F. Lwehabura, the former Ag. Director introduced Prof Sanga to the staff. SNAL staff happily welcomed Prof. Sanga and promised full cooperation in discharging his new duties.

Face-lifting SNAL

Some renovations and re-painting work to the entire library building, both inside and outside as well as thinning and pruning of the surrounding trees have changed the appearance of the place. . Aside from painting, some new furniture for staff and users have been acquired, The library looks more attractive to users and offers its staff a better working environment.

New SNAL

Space creation

SNAL has managed to create space of a total of 400 seats for users. Space was created by reducing as well as moving the shelves from one side to the other for the following collections: the Old journal collection area (Ground floor left side); General book Collection (The first floor – left side) and Special collection on the first floor – right side). Having created this sitting space, users including staff, researchers and students are already experiencing the comfort of a spacious room for academic undertakings

Library space

Academic achievement

In 2019/2020 the following SNAL staff have successfully finished their studies:

Doctorate (PhD)

  1. Nicholaus Mwalukasa- Department of Information Studies

 Bachelor Degree

  1. Ester ChisakiDepartment of Knowledge Management
  2. Shabani Chika - Department of Reference and Community Information Services

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SNAL Director, Prof Camilius Sanga (third from the right) explaining about the services provided at Special Collection section 

Chairman of the Council of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), retired judge Othmani Chande visited the Sokoine National Agricultural Library on December 16, 2020, where he had an opportunity to witness library renovation activities towards the improvement of information services delivery to academic and farmers community at large. 

SNAL Director, Prof. Camilius Sanga had a privilege to take Chairman to different library sections including Mkulima library that serves farmers community through its printed collection held at SNAL premises and electronic collection that can be accessed at Mkulima repository

 

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Prof Sanga (standing) speaking on a welcome meeting at SNAL

The Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) would like to sincerely congratulate Prof. Camilius A. Sanga for being appointed by the University Council at the Sokoine University of Agriculture as a Director of the Sokoine National Agricultural Library. Camilius A. Sanga is a Professor of Informatics since 2017. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He served as Head of the Department of Informatics (2011-2017). Prof. Sanga is a member of various Management and Professional Boards and Committees within and outside the University.

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Prof Lwehabura (standing) speaking on a welcome meeting

Following his appointment, SNAL staff held a welcome meeting where Prof. M. J. F. Lwehabura, the former Ag. Director of SNAL introduced Prof Sanga to the staff. SNAL staff happily welcomed Prof. Sanga and promised full cooperation in discharging his new duties.

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SNAL staff on a welcome meeting

Once again, Congratulations Prof Sanga and welcome to SNAL

 

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Staff learning on how to use ICT e-learning tools

In preparation for the new semester, the Department of Information and Records studies (DIRS) at the Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) organised and conducted the ICT e-learning tools training on 27th and 28th May 2020.

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Staff learning how to set objective questions

The training was prepared mainly for academic and technical staff aiming at exposing them to various ICT tools which supports e-learning and equipping them with necessary skills on how to use them. Also, the training involved knowledge on how to set objective questions.

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Staff learning on how to set objective questions