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 University of Cape Town, South Africa are creating an HIV/AIDS Audio-visual Archive. This will contain three thousand hours of video footage generated since 1998 by the Community Media Trust and cover primary source knowledge about the social and political aspects of the AIDS epidemic – making it available to researchers and policy makers around the world.

The University of Hargeisa, Somaliland, are using open source software (Koha) to automate their library. This will provide a great opportunity for the professional development of library staff and, along with hardware acquisition, enable them to gain access to online databases and journals.

There are other interesting projects too though not in Africa e.g. Health information delivery in rural Guatemala using telemedicine.

Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information

Anyone know how they are getting on?

Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information



About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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