The Tea Research Institute in its initiative. To foster service delivery, the Tea Research Institute has developed ancillary facilities that include a modern Training Centre and an equipped Library for the benefit of the tea industry and the employees. It also operates a Health Centre that caters for staff and whose services include VCT services.
THE TEA RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIBRARY- SHARING INFORMATION WITH THE TEA INDUSTRY
The Tea Research Institute has a modest library which was founded 1951. The stock in terms of books, journals and periodicals is over 10,000 and includes a number of theses /dissertations by Tea Research Institute staff and students from colleges and universities. The library subscribes to a number of International Journals and has over 168 titles.
Currently, the Foundation library is receiving 26 titles. The library is also well stocked with materials from tea growing regions worldwide and an accumulated wealth of information in print form on tea. These include books, periodicals, proceedings of conferences and symposium and journals from tea growing countries such asTanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, India, Sri Lanka, China, and Japan. The library has an exchange programme with International Research Institutions in the area of publications.
Most of the current stock has been sourced with funds from Tea Research Institute, donations received from Britain (ODA) through the British Council. Currently, some donations were received from The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
The Tea Research Institute own publications include the Annual Technical Reports, Tea Journal, Tea Growers Handbook and Quarterly Bulletins. These publications are distributed to subscribers or on an exchange basis with such Institutions as the Rothamsted Research, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Kenya Sugar Research Foundation, Tocklai Tea Experimental Station, National Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science Japan, Tea Research Institute of Tanzania, Taiwan Tea Experimental station and the Tea Research Institute of China.
Provision of services
Membership: All staff of the Foundation are bonafide members of the library. Members are also drawn from stakeholders in the tea industry in Kenya. This form of membership must be approved by the Director/CEO of Tea Research Institute and sanctioned by the applicants employer. Students are allowed to make use of the library but their membership is restricted.
Loan: A total of 5 books except periodicals can be loaned for a maximum of 2 weeks subject to renewals and rules governing lost.
Journals: The list of periodicals has been updated upto the end of 2009. The list contains current journals and those which have ceased.
Teeal (library in a box- database): The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library – TEEAL –Comprises 140 of the best scientific journals affordable to the developing world. The annually updated CD- ROMs contain more than 1.5 million pages of literature- containing diagrams and photographs from journals.
Access to the current journals included in TEEAL has improved the quality of research conducted at around the world including at the TRFK. TEEAL is a project of Albert R. MANN LIBRARY, Cornell University in association with the Rockefeller Foundation and cooperating publishers. Currently, Egerton University is in charge the facility / project in Kenya.
AGORA- Access to Global Online Research In Agriculture: This facility is available at the Tea Research Institute library and clients can access information by visiting the AGORA website. Details can be obtained from TRFK Library.
Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI): Clients can forward any relevant search information to the Tea Research Institute librarian for retrieval. These include literature materials not available in our library.
Binding: The Tea Research Institute library offers book binding services to the Foundation and tea industry stakeholders.
Scientific papers: The Tea Research Institute has over 4,000 scientific articles mostly on tea research.
Library acquisition: Request for reference materials is channeled to the librarian through the Director / CEO of Tea Research Institute.
Working hours: The Tea Research Institute Library operates during normal working hours: Monday to Friday 0800- 1.00 pm, 2.00- 5.00 pm except during public holidays.
The Tea Research Institute Training centre is located at the headquarters in Kericho. It is only 10 kms to the East of Kericho town and is easily accessible through the Nakuru-Kericho road.
The Training Centre has a conducive country side environment suitable for learning not to mention the expansive and beautiful tea landscape.Objectives
√ To develop and organize an efficient information management system for tea industry through training and production of teaching materials.
The Tea Research Institute Training facility is committed to providing quality services to both the tea industry and other visitors.Facilities Available:
√ Six fully furnished rooms for trainees/visitors each accommodating three persons.
The teaching aids and equipment available are multimedia LCD projector, laptops, overhead, video and slide projectors as well as a public address system which is for hire.
At its Kangaita sub station has an equally well furnished training facility/guest house. The station, located next to KTDA Kangaita Tea Factory in the Tea Research Institute district is next to Mt Kenya forest and has the serene cool environment associated with the snow capped mountain, which can be viewed in the early morning hours. Charges are as for the Tea Research Institute Training Centre at the headquarters.Facilities available at Kangaita:
√ Three fully furnished rooms for trainees/visitors each accommodating two persons.
Tea Research Institute recently restructured its operations to move away from Departments, which are administratively oriented to programmes approach which is demand driven. Research at Tea Research Institute is currently is being conducted in four thematic areas namely:Crop improvement and management.