Name – Mary W. Kinyanjui

Designation – Kibera Librarian

Organization- Kenya National Library Service

Mary works for Kenya National Library Service. She worked in the National library for 16 years heading the National Bibliography Section before she was transferred to Kibera branch. She has visited a number of countries e.g. France, Turkey, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, United Kingdom etc. presenting papers and trainings on the use of Mobile devices and innovative services in public libraries.

During SCECSAL in Kenya she presented a paper entitled ‘Digitization and preservation of local content in the national library’ and during IFLA, 2014 in Lyons; France she presented a paper entitled ‘Kids on the tab’: Kenya National Library Service’s Tablet Computers Project for slum school children. In Ghana she trained teachers / librarians on ‘Capacity building to foster new ICT – based services that meet community needs’.

Mary started training on tablets and e-readers immediately the branch was opened. The project is the first of its kind to be offered by KNLS, which has 60 branches. It was funded by the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). The library uses ICT to equalize opportunities for children from the slum to interact with technology. The project won recognition and KNLS received funding from Book Aid International to replicate the same project in five other branches. Mary focuses on community development needs as she provides information. Mary holds a Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree in information Sciences.