The revolution of Information Communication and Technology has brought a great change in the way libraries are providing services. Libraries have continued to embrace these technologies vis‐à‐vis Internet thus seeing the introduction of electronic resources to the library collection and services. The availability of good internet connectivity is essential in the provision of electronic resources. Kenya has had internet since 1996 (Mutula, 2001) and over the years there has been great effort to improve connectivity such as the recent introduction of fibre optic cable in 2009. The need for good internet connectivity has also been supported by initiatives such as Kenya Education Network (KENET) whose aim is to enhance internet access for Kenya Universities (Odero‐Musakali & Mutula, 2007).
With the advent of internet and subsequently an emergence of electronic resources, libraries have encountered a myriad of challenges ranging from collection management, cost of the resources, marketing of these resources, training users on how to use these resources among others. These are some of the challenges that saw libraries in Kenya come together in 2002 to discuss concerted efforts to overcome these challenges. In response to this, Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) was formed in 2003. Cost being a major challenge for sustainability of electronic information resources (e‐resources) which continue to inflate every year, KLISC’s main objective therefore was cost sharing and capacity building (Ouma, 2007). According to a survey carried out by (Ouma, 2007) KLISC has made great strides in alleviating these challenges and this has translated into better services offered by KLISC member libraries.
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