University of Liberia A.M. Dogliotti Medical School Library

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In an effort to rebuild Liberia's health care system after all of the nation's physicians fled during the war, Elaine Martin, DA, Library Director of UMass Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library, demonstrates her journey through photos, graphs, and text to show how her team helped rebuild a library for a Liberian medical school.

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University of Liberia A.M. Dogliotti Medical School Library

  1. 1. University of LiberiaUniversity of LiberiaA.M. Dogliotti Medical SchoolA.M. Dogliotti Medical SchoolLibraryLibraryElaine Martin, DADirector of Library ServicesUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
  2. 2. OutlineOutline• History-How University of Massachusetts MedicalSchool started working in Liberia• HEARTT• Collaboration with other libraries in the U.S.• Progress to date (before and after pictures)• Challenges
  3. 3. Three VisitsThree Visits• March 2011—Needs assessment; develop a plan• August 2011—Processing materials; setting policiesin preparation for the opening of the school year• February 2012—Begin staff training; continueprocessing; introduce computers
  4. 4. March 31 Meeting:Identify actionitems to resolveissues presentedIdentify medicallibrary softwareneeds; obtainHINARI passwordAssess power,internet, computingcapabilities &upgrades neededObtain draftoperations manual& future status ofItalian consultantDevelop additional contentneeded for operations manualGather and simplify librarystaff job descriptions &employee handbook that canbe customized for LiberiaDesign andimplementstaff trainingneededScheduleanddeliverTrainingmodulesObtain basic suppliesand containers fortransport, storage useConduct site visit when schoolis in session to observe libraryuse & servicesOnce power, internet,computer availability isadequate, obtain and deliverCDs, memory sticks,software.InstallsoftwareActions taken toResolve identified issuesDonatedbooks sortedandappropriateitems readyfor processingDeliver suppliesPHASE1PHASE 2PHASE 3PHASE 4Liberia Medical LibrariesUpgrade Plan
  5. 5. Ready for the NewReady for the NewSemesterSemester
  6. 6. ChallengesChallenges• Lack of basic library supplies for processing• Lack of fuel for electricity to keep library open atnight• Lack of transportation for staff• No book trucks, computer, printer, photocopier orsecurity system• Staff training—basic literacy, library science, andcomputer skills• No internet access

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