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

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