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The Department of Knowledge Management (DKM) is one of the departments established in the Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL). The department has three sections namely: Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Classification; Information and communication technology (ICT); and E-resources and institutional repositories.

DKM responsibilities

  1. Organization of knowledge through cataloguing and classification – Processes of assigning bibliographic description, subject analysis for material, assigning classification notation and physical preparation of materials to be sent to the shelves for use.
  2. Management of electronic information resources: Needs assessment, identification, selection, acquisition, and promotion.
  3. Management of institutional repositories: This involves collection of all SUA scholarly publication, digitizing and depositing them into the repositories.
  4. Abstracting services: Creation of abbreviated contents representing the important points from an original work. Abstracting services create abstract of papers and generate an indexed list of abstracts by author, title and subject.
  5. Indexing: Process of assigning subject terms to a work. It involves deciding what an item is about and translating this into index terms.
  6. Management of ICT activities including management of SNAL databases, OPAC, Website, maintenances and repair of ICT facilities.
  7. Planning and organizing for activities and provision of an environment which is conducive for tapping tacit and explicit knowledge and resource sharing among employees within the University and beyond.
  8. Evaluation and analysis of collections in order to determine how well they serve user in terms of meeting their needs.
  9. Budgeting for various information resources, selection, acquisition and de-selection of information materials.
  10. Making and managing database for undergraduate research projects.