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Demystifying teaching, learning and research through institutional repositories in higher learning institutions in Kenya

Lucy Jelagat Sang (Library, Records and Information Science, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya)
Cephas Odini (Department of Library and Information Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya)
Justus Wamukoya (Department of Library and Information Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 25 March 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of ways in which teaching, learning and research can be demystified in higher institutions of learning (HILs). Over the last decade, HILs around the world have faced various transformations to adapt to new opportunities for knowledge dissemination and utilization. Many benefits are gained from implementation of the platform including visibility, status and increased reputation. Despite the high uptake of institutional repositories (IRs) to guide teaching, learning and research of higher institutions learning's digital resources more effectively, little has been written on how IRs can be used for effective teaching, learning and research in higher institutions of learning.

Design/methodology/approach

Using analytical method, this paper analysed and presented various thematical issues on IRs in relation to its efficacy, while proposing solutions for its sustainability.

Findings

The paper found that most universities have embraced IRs as an option for increasing their visibility, status and researchers' relevance in the knowledge world. It is the conclusion of the study that IRs are currently recognized as an essential infrastructure to respond to the higher institutions of learning challenges in the digital world.

Practical implications

This paper provides higher institutions of learning an opportunity to prepare their IRs to demystify teaching, learning and research. Since IRs will make it possible to access variety of information at any time whenever required.

Social implications

Knowledge accessibility and utilization bring about social change in the society.

Originality/value

Little has been documented on how IRs can be used for effective teaching, teaching, learning and research in HILs. This paper provides an analysis of ways in which teaching, learning and research can be demystified in these institutions. Thus, it contributes new knowledge on demystifying teaching, learning and research through IRs in HILs.

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Citation

Sang, L.J., Odini, C. and Wamukoya, J. (2021), "Demystifying teaching, learning and research through institutional repositories in higher learning institutions in Kenya", Library Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-06-2020-0094

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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