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When I asked Edward Phiri how things were in his library he told me that there have been many improvements see below. JS:
- “We have already moved to the new library building. We have modified the old library building into a bigger computer lab with about 21 computers from the Smart Care Project. I am glad that this has finally happened. I have just participated in a workshop for Smart-Care Training of Trainers in our new computer lab.
- We have actually installed the Library alarm system and have put bar-codes on all the new books.I have proposed for the CCTV Camera system to re-enforce our securty. The new library building is secured with grill doors and bar-glar bars. Books are now safe.
- We received the e-granary and its to be installed in two weeks time and will be available on the School of Nursing Local Area Network (LAN)
- E-granary will be available in the Library in two weeks time when installation is done.
- I received some training on how to use e-Granary and stand ready to train students -We also have another e-resource called HINARI with vast amounts of nursing journals, to which we registred as Schools of Nursing Library. I normally train students in Basic computer skills, Internet searches as well as HINARI.
- I have internet access in the library. Students are also able to access wireless network in the library using personal laptops.
- Having additional staff would really help in giving students ample time and maximum access to the library. I have already proposed for it. I have offered to be oppening on saturdays. This is really helping students as they are now able to study on a day when there are no classes. Additional staff in the library will enable sharing of shifts thereby allowing students to have maximum access to the library.
Truly E-Granary is a great resource and medical students have access to it, where it is installed in the Medical Library itself. We will have our own to be soon installed in the library.
It is always a pleasure answering to queries pertaining to the Lusaka Schools of Nursing Library at the University Teaching Hospital. Its an opportunity to share views on how we can best deliver our services to the benefit of our core-business of training the important human resource (nurses). The success of this program will surely depend partly on the quality Library service.”
Edward Phiri, Librarian, Lusaka Schools of Nursing, UTH