DCLA Leadership and Departments
Administratively the Director of the DCLA reports to the office of DVC-Academic. The structure of the directorate is made of four departments namely the:
1. Department of Technical Services: is responsible for the collection development activities. The activities include maintenance of information materials and updating, eliminating or correcting bibliographic entities in the library databases, budgeting for information resources acquisition, and processing of information materials for use and circulation. It is a very resourceful department for decision-making in the provision service to the information seeker.,
2. Department of Archives: this department is tasked with the activity of identifying, collecting, acquiring, preserving, and providing access to primary sources and rare materials that support the teaching and research programs of Moshi Co-operative University.,
3. Department of Readers Services and Circulation is the largest of the Library’s departments, serving the University’s academic community and the public in their quest to information resources and services. The main activities of this departments is to check-out and check-in of information materials, renewals, hold and recalls, processing of overdue/fine notices, book reserves, user assistance, registration of non-MoCU members, and issuing library clearance to departing users. The department is responsible in ensuring that everything is in order for easily access, retrieval and use of information resources by members of the library in a comfortable environment
4. Department of Co-operative Documentation, Information and Serials: is responsible for all functions related to supporting the academic research and teaching programs at the University by acquiring and processing serials and co-operative resources, and maintaining accurate accounting of the expenditures of these resources
DCLA Leadership and Departments
The Library contains over 18,000 book titles in nearly 45,000 book volumes, over 500 CDS that cover a wide range of subjects and video cassettes. It also subscribes to about 60 periodical titles from both local and overseas sources. The Dewey Decimal System is used to classify information resources acquired by the Library. Books in the Collection belong to different subject areas such as Co-operation, Information Technology, Management, Accounting, Sociology, Marketing, Microfinance, Banking, Business Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Taxation, Materials Management, Communication Skills, Auditing, Law, Entrepreneurship, Research Methods, Community Development and many others.
The Collection is subdivided into five areas as follows;
1. Special Reserve Collection
2. General Collection
3. Co-operative Information Collection
4. Gender Information Collection
5. Health Information
THE DCLA Services
The MoCU library is fully automated to ease the processes of serial and inventory control, circulation, acquisition and locating resources within the library. The library provides the following services:
Inter-Library Loans (ILL)
this service is not provided by the MoCU library but the plans are underway to provide this service. Items will be borrowed from any library in the country that forms part of the ILL agreement. There will be some charges in certain circumstances, and the recusant will be required to consult the ILL officer before submitting requests.
Reference and information services
The MoCU library provides both reference and information services to its patrons. The information services are rendered in anticipation of our patrons requirements whereas reference services are provided on the basis of on-demand queries which are answered by the reference librarian through reference transactions. The types of reference services provided at MoCU Library include the followings:
(i)Readers’ advisory service: this service at the MoCU Library is provided at readers’ advisory desk where the advisor recommends specific information source and resource based on the patrons needs.
(ii)Ready reference: the MoCU library ready reference resources are used for quick consultation. The collection in the reference section ranges from encyclopaedia, dictionaries, directories, geographical sources, yearbooks, thesaurus and many others.
(iii)Library instructions: the MoCU reference librarian is normally instructing readers about the use of the library. There are two forms of instruction which are direct and indirect. This is done at the beginning of the semester as well as when there are new changes and new patrons. Library Staff are available for reference assistance when the library is open.