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 of Library Services at Kenyatta University, referred to the current low level of usage of e-resources such as: HINARI and other providers of e-material in Research4Life (Life and Environmental sciences and TEEAL (Agriculture). Limited internet connectivity is a barrier to use, but so too is a lack of awareness among researchers. Librarians need to adapt to the changing needs and demands of their clientele by providing training on the use of e-resources.
The workshop itself was a mix of module presentations, exercises and group work and covered a broad curriculum: skills relevant to research management, search strategies, technology issues, the use of reference management software, copyright issues and the promotion of e-resources to researchers were covered as well as demonstrations of the specific features of the different databases.
Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information