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0805 developing cpd in africa w pictures

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Helsinki conference EAHIL

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  • Rift valley Introduce Phi capacity building
  • Major road – muddy & flooded Internet access expensive & slow Isolation of health workers in rural areas
  • Public health library – Very few librarian posts Often no budget & no internet access - no new bks for 2 years
  • Benefit especially to health personnel Good internet resources available –Hinari etc. Reduce isolation collegiate & CPD
  • Afya Mzuri Resource Centre Lusaka Change in library roles in U.K. Extent of information Literarcy Importance of librarians
  • Phi workshop group in Kenya Few librarians in Govt health facilities Few specialized leaders Continuity of training
  • Training needs expressed by U.K librarians or implied by employer adverts Training needs at recent workshops in Africa Needs not=needs
  • 1 & 2 Same 3 rd U.K. deeper into ebhc 4 U.K. appraising design & results of medical research
  • 1 Medline does not include many African publications 2. Not the same 3.Lag in technology application 4.Regional & national responsibilities
  • 1. Someone else 2. Regional & national responsibilities 3. Technology lag & open software 4. Cross sectoral responsibilites
  • Small training element in some – basically encouragement & mentoring/ friendly dialogue & support
  • Need to foster information exchange but not easy Criteria already done eg. BIOME may need some practice
  • Informationist role Management & strategic roles
  • Familiarity with Web 2 technology Better communication with stakeholders Strategic and national roles
  • Entrance to the University of Zambia Medical Library

0805 developing cpd in africa w pictures 0805 developing cpd in africa w pictures Presentation Transcript

  • Developing Continuing Professional Development in Africa
    • What will be the effects of better broadband access?
    What will be the effects of better connectivity ? Developing Continuing Professional Development in Africa
  • Current Situation
    • No or poor connectivity
    • Isolation of health workers
    • Difficulties of transport
  • Current Situation
    • Few health libraries
    • Even fewer librarians
    • Poor resources
  • Benefits of Broadband Access
    • Access to resources
    • Availability of health information
    • Distance learning & clinical support
    • Isolation reduced
  • How will digitization affect African Librarians?
    • Sudden change – blogs, wikis, social software
    • New information roles
    • Consumers not information literate
    • Librarians need to be in at the ground floor
  • Librarians & Broadband Access
    • Need for more health librarians
    • Specialist roles
    • New skills needed
    • Timing of training
  • Challenges
    • Lack of specialist health librarians
    • Few training opportunities
    • Sidelining of librarian expertise
  • Sources for perceived training needs in U.K and Africa
    • U.K.
    • Survey of practising health librarians. (Petrinic & Urquhart 2008)
    • Survey of advertisements for information posts (Orme 2008)
    • AFRICA
    • Workshops in Kenya and Zambia
    • (Phi reports)
  • Same or Similar Training Needs
    • Training/teaching skills
    • Evidence based health care
    • Critical appraisal, systematic reviewing – of research articles
    • Research methods and statistics – to identify user needs
  • Similar Training Needs
    • Identifying the evidence - Advanced searching skills for different databases
    • Service promotion skills – marketing library services
    • Library management systems skills – factors in automating library routines
    • Website design & development – website design, creation of portals and gateways
  • Training wanted by African Librarians not mentioned by U.K. librarians
    • Copyright
    • Collection development and template for local application
    • IT – general and specific e.g. WIN-ISIS
    • Writing for publication, proposals & repackaging for different audiences
  • Wanted by African Librarians support & discussion
    • Advocacy - raising the profile of health information as essential to health
    • Creating and maintaining database of health research in-country
    • Library skills for resource centre assistants
    • Professional networking
  • Wanted by African Librarians information exchange
    • Information about trends in information transfer
    • Protocol for the identification of reliable websites and information services
  • Wanted by U.K. Librarians not mentioned by African librarians
    • Subject knowledge
    • Project management
    • Strategic planning
    • Performance management
    • Change management
    • Negotiating skills
    • What else might be needed for both African & U.K. Librarians?
  • What else might be needed?
    • Use of Wikis, blogs, social software
    • Better techniques of communication with remote users
    • Creation of national/institutional repositories
    • Greater cooperation between institutions
    • Leadership in developing the information society at a national level
  • Conclusion
    • Greater access & bandwidth can benefit health throughout Africa.
    • More specialized librarians will be needed
    • More training opportunities are essential
    • Librarians in Africa are in a different situation and culture to those in U.K
  • Training Programmes
    • To remain driven by African requests
    • But informed by our experience of the changes in our professional roles
    • Providing support to health librarians through partnership in:
    • Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Partnerships in Health Information registered charity in U.K. no. 103674