Monthly Archives: November 2011

Health information provision by public libraries – a study

Public libraries in Africa are recognized as health information providers by significant numbers of people, according to a groundbreaking six-country study commissioned by EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries). However, the study also found that the potential of libraries to play … Continue reading

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What Elsevier is doing for “Innovative Libraries”

Elsevier is due to announce (sometime in December) the grants it has awarded for applications received during this autumn (2011). So I thought it might be interesting to look at those grants awarded last year to African “Innovative libraries”. The … Continue reading

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“Learning by ear” from Deutsche Welle and IICD

Deutsche Welle has developed a “Learning by Ear” programme to make educational materials for the public more widely available in Africa by radio, internet and CD. These include health and social issues amongst other topics; and programmes are available in … Continue reading

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Laptops from Computer Aid – good price

Computer Aid is currently offering premium laptops at £84 for charities and educational institutions. For more information see their website – and application form Telephone no. 020 8361 5540 e-mail I am not sure if this is just within the … Continue reading

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mHealth: new horizons for health through mobile technologies

This is a very interesting publication from WHO – but long and 3.4 Mb to download. It covers the use of mobile technology for professional consultations, health call centres, reminders about medication/ appointments and alerts about epidemics to name but … Continue reading

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EIFL- Public Library Innovation Programme – current and future grants

“EIFL-PLIP‘a global Innovation Awards programme recognizes inspiration and initiative in the public library sector. Awards are given to public libraries that replicate innovative public library community development services using ICT, on their own initiative.” The provision of health information is one … Continue reading

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Nigeria. Physicians use of medical databases

Congratulations to the authors on the publication of this survey. Physicians utilisation of internet medical databases at the tertiary health institutions in Osun State, South West, Nigeria, by Iwok N. Shabi, Olabodi M. Shabi, Modupe A. Akewukereke and Emem P. … Continue reading

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Kenya. Training trainers to promote the usage of e-resources

Lecturers, librarians and teaching assistants attended a highly successful National e-resource Training of Trainers workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The 2/3 day course, was sponsored by ITOCA (Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa). In an opening address Dr. Gitau, Head … Continue reading

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Training events – sponsored by INASP

If you would like to keep an eye on training events being held in your country, this is a good place to look. I noticed that in December 2011 there will be workshops on: Ghana: Research writing skills, Journals online, … Continue reading

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Call for partners – African working group on strengthening access to and use of research information

The collective experience of British Library for Development Studies (BLDS), International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and our partners in African research institutions demonstrates that improving access to and use … Continue reading

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