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One on One With RVIBS Librarian

By May 23, 2023May 31st, 2023Uncategorized

Janet Maina, RVIBS Librarian, during the Interview with Elizabeth Mwara. Photo/Martin Kuria

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time told us that the

only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. Elizabeth Mwara was at the RVIBS library and spoke to the librarian.

Tell us your name.

Janet Wanjiru Maina

What is your job title?

I am a Systems Librarian by profession. I am the school librarian at Rift Valley Institute of Business Studies (RVIBS).

Which department are you attached to?

The library is attached to the registry department.

Briefly tell us who is Janet Maina

Janet was born and grew up in Nyeri County. I attended both primary and secondary school there.

Later on, I joined Egerton University where I graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Information


My background in Information Science has helped me find roles as a librarian by providing a

foundation in the principles and practices of organizing, managing, and providing access to

information. It has also helped me become an expert in effective information management and

retrieval, as well as user-centered design and access to information services.

I feel satisfied every time I serve the students. Working at RVIBS has given me an opportunity to interact with the world — Janet

How long have you been a part of RVIBS?

I have been working at RVIBS for a period of three months. I assist students, trainers, and staff in the selection of library materials. I am also in charge of planning, organizing, coordinating, overseeing, and providing library services at the college.

What is it like working at RVIBS college?

Working at RVIBS has exposed me to a wide range of expertise and has enabled me to view the world in

a different way. I have had the privilege to interact with staff and students. Interacting with students

makes me nostalgic as it takes me back to the days when I was a student. It gives me joy and satisfaction

when I satisfy student’s informational needs.

What is your parting shot ?

It has been an honor to serve as a college librarian and to help students as well as faculties connect

with the knowledge and resources, they need to succeed. Remember, the library is not just a

place with books, but a gateway to endless possibilities and opportunities. Keep exploring and keep learning.