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The Elsevier Foundation 2013 Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Grant Awards
Towards the Collaborative repository for Ethiopian academic and research institutions, Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) and African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN).Over the past few years, Ethiopia has enjoyed substantive growth in both the number of academic institutions and research output. However, the accessibility, usability, management and quality of the research output has proven increasingly challenging. The Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) and the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN) propose to scale up some of the exiting institutional repositories at the Addis Ababa University and Forum for Social Studies, to build the Ethiopian national digital repository. By increasing the discoverability and usage of Ethiopian academic research results nationally, regionally and internationally, the goal is to foster collaboration and a global research culture. The project will train a core of Ethiopian librarians to establish and operate digital repositories while providing deep information literacy skills to researchers. This project provides an African approach conceived by librarians and IT experts and demonstrates great promise both in country and as a model for African library development in general. Author Capacity Building in Africa , Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University, USA Building on access to Research4Life and TEEAL (The Essential Agricultural Library) and on-going information literacy training, the Author Capacity Building project aims to boost research output in sub-Saharan Africa. Critical skills training in citation management, research literature review and scientific paper writing will be delivered to young faculty in agricultural and biological sciences, senior researchers, and librarians at universities in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Malawi. Librarians from Cornell's Mann Library will lead the first Ethiopian workshop and train ITOCA (The Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa) to sustainably deliver these in Nigerian and Malawian universities. A key focus will be on training up African faculty and librarians as in house trainers to provide on-going coaching to researchers to develop the research output skills they need to succeed. Library Information Resources to Enhance the University of Ghana , School of Public Health Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, US & Ghana As African research develops, "Big Data" poses an increasing challenge to institutions. This project will tackle this through the creation of a Library Translational Clearinghouse of Ghana's Primary Health Data, Secondary Datasets and Databases. In effect, it will bring national epidemiological data into the University's Public Health Library and train librarians to provide services covering both published information and data. In most public health institutions globally, published information and data are held separately. Bringing the two together with a single-point of service allows for greater access to reliable and authoritative health information and data with the potential to positively impact health outcomes. Researchers, clinicians, and epidemiologists working in the field of communicable diseases will be more able to identify national disease outbreaks and plan rapid interventions. This project is the product of a longstanding partnership between Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Ghana, building on an established foundation with a commitment to its sustainability after the funding period. Developing a Globally Connected LIBRARY 4 SAFE SEAFARING (L4SS), Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Philippines Maritime disasters are a continuing cause of global concern despite safety-conscious systems established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Maritime safety or the preparedness, competence and ongoing education of shipping crews are crucial to the industry and global distribution of goods and services. Since the 1990s, the Philippines has become a major source of seafarers worldwide - one out of every five sailors is Filipino. The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), a leading maritime institution in the Philippines will develop the "Library for Safe Seafaring" as a globally connected evidence based learning and advocacy facility providing sailors with a continuing education to research the latest maritime trends, relevant references, teaching tools and learning materials. The end goal for the L4SS project is to institutionalize the use of the upgraded library as a valuable learning facility for quality education and training at the MPCF to produce more safety-conscious and trained, licensed officers and crew-- compliant with international quality standards on maritime safety. Strengthening education, research and practice in emergency care: Information skills integration in the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative Taubman Health Sciences Library , University of Michigan Library This project aims to create an integrated, evidence based information skills curricula to enable the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative (GEMC) to strengthen education, research and clinical care capacity of emergency care services in Ghana. It builds on the collaborative GEMC project, a partnership between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the Ghana Ministry of Health and the University of Michigan's Department of Emergency Medicine and School of Nursing. Beyond creating a sustainable Ghanaian model for information skills training of emergency faculty, medical and nursing students and information professionals, it will provide a template for assessment, training and retention of skills in emergency and trauma care that needs to be enhanced in low and middle income countries. The Elsevier Foundation 2013 New Scholars Grant Awards