Monthly Archives: January 2012

Librarian-academic partnerships

Charles Lungu, Librarian at the Copperbelt University, Zambia, reports on an information literacy programme developed by the libraries at his own university in partnership with Botswana University, and the University of Abertay, Scotland, sponsored by the UK DelPHE programme. Higher … Continue reading

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Literature searching for neglected tropical diseases

These have been much in the news in 2011 and 2012 as a serious cause of poverty. There are two databases (not so well known as Medline) which are particularly valuable for researchers and practitioners who are working on parasitic diseases … Continue reading

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HINARI training programme – via HINARI

This is available on CD (free), online or as a download. As it is covered by the Creative Commons Licence you can use this as a basis for your own training adding or subtracting material to make it relevant to … Continue reading

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In a networked world, why is the geography of knowledge still uneven?

In the past the north controlled much of the world’s knowledge through printed media and the south tended to lose out because of the distance and expense of transferring information. The internet has the potential to change all that and … Continue reading

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Twitter data accurately tracked Haiti cholera outbreak

A study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene showed that social media were roughly as accurate as the official records which recorded the start and progress of the disease epidemic. They were available much more quickly … Continue reading

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Health Information on CDROM for healthcare workers in developing countries

These have been produced by Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC) since 2001, but not everyone may know about them. They are especially useful in places where internet access is slow or absent. If you know of libraries or resource … Continue reading

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Innovations in libraries to be funded by the Elsevier Foundation

There are two projects out of five set to go in Africa. Further details are available from their website. Collaboration for evidence based healthcare The Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands (the central partner in the Collaboration for Evidence Based … Continue reading

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To use or not to use – controlled vocabularies for searching online databases

There has been some interesting debate on the Linked-In CILIP Group about the above subject started by Rosemary Obat, from Kisumu, Kenya Downside of using controlled vocabulary:  Indexers take time to document items hence the most recent may not be indexed. … Continue reading

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African Index Medicus – update from AHILA-net

“WHO/AFRO Library is pleased to share new developments on the African Index Medicus (AIM). Please note that 156 African medical journals are now indexed in AIM, some with open access. The full list of these journals is available via this … Continue reading

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Grant to attend Health Libraries Group Conference in July 2012

The Health Libraries Group, in partnership with ILIG and Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) is awarding a grant of a maximum of £1,500 to support a health librarian working in a HINARI-eligible country to attend the HLG Conference, which is … Continue reading

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