E.6.Electronic information resources available in Malawi in support 0f national HIV and AIDS monitoring and evaluation, research and best practice
Objectives and Scope
Kamuzu College of Nursing Library offers an ongoing programme to ensure that all Nursing Faculty have the necessary ability to locate and manage electronic information in support of their teaching and research. Lessons learned are relevant to the wider community of health care providers. The ability to locate concise, relevant, authenticated information is a vital one in today’s society. Often, access to too much information, but of dubious quality, is the situation facing professionals in the Health Sector. Malawi is beneficiary of several costly information initiatives giving access to quality electronic information in formats such as discussion lists, gateways, directories and ultimately e-journal articles. The objective of the presentation is to expose participants to the variety of resources available, to issues of quality, question formulation and modes of access.
The presentation touches briefly on capacity building in terms of internet connectivity for uptake of electronic information. It will then focus on the thinking process required for locating information efficiently. It will demonstrate the various resources for internet-based information, giving more time to the WHO HINARI resource, INASP Health Links and the Electronic journals services available such as EbscoHost..
The presentation concludes by considering the feedback for 6 months of training in e-resource access through KCN Library and consider the wider implications for training of HIV and AIDS Health professionals
Participants will be asked to consider whether Malawi information resources on HIV and Aids are as accessible as they should be and to consider a way forward.