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Increasing the number of doctors in Malawi: challenges and changes affecting the medical library. Cormie

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Increasing the number of doctors in Malawi: challenges and changes affecting the medical library. Cormie

  1. 1. Increasing the number of doctors in Malawi Vicki Cormie Senior Academic Liaison Librarian (Science & Medicine), University of St Andrews
  2. 2. University of St Andrews The University • Fife, Scotland • Third oldest University in the UK • Research Intensive • Scores highly in student satisfaction surveys Bute Medical School • Pre-clinical • Major curriculum redesign • New Medical Science Buildings • Increase in students The Library • Oldest continuing functioning library in Scotland (possibly!) • Outstanding Special Collections • Small and rapidly developing
  3. 3. Why Malawi? • Scotland Malawi Partnership • Historic Links with the Bute Medical School
  4. 4. Why Malawi? • Scotland Malawi Partnership • Historic Links with the Bute Medical School
  5. 5. • Very undeveloped • Densely populated • One of the four poorest countries in the world • Low life expectancy • High incidence of HIV/AIDS
  6. 6. • Low numbers of students in HE • Only one doctor per 200,000 people • Until last year only 17 doctors being trained per year • High failure rate • Problems retaining doctors in Malawi
  7. 7. £252,000 Scottish Government Funding for: • radical redesign of the curriculum • major improvements to IT services • revamp of registry and infrastructure • improvements to the Library to help cope with the changes
  8. 8. Identify issues: • Lack of access to journals • Poor IT infrastructure • Challenges of self-directed learning • Lack of a Collections Policy • The ‘Book Bank’ • Best use of space
  9. 9. Access to journals: • Problem wasn’t what it seemed • Issues with access • CUFTS open source serials management
  10. 10. Challenges of self-directed learning • Development of information skills sessions at key points in the curriculum • Online resources available through the new VLE
  11. 11. Collections Policy • Donation culture • Cataloguing priorities
  12. 12. The ‘Book Bank’ Academic reengagement with Libraries: • Education about the purpose of Libraries • Advocacy on behalf of the Library • Better use of resources
  13. 13. Space Utilization
  14. 14. Future directions
  15. 15. Any questions?

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