LATINA UGANDA Team is preparing to host participants from Africa to the LATINA training next year 2014 in July. We are working hard to secure funding for the event. Prepare to apply!
Finally we come to the end of an intensive learning event. LATINA UGANDA 2013 has been a success according to the participants evaluation. A lot of hard work and teamwork were involved.
The projects presented yesterday were exciting and one can say that skills gained have been tested. We believe that these skills will be polished further and put to good use by participants in their respective institutions.
To the LATINA UGANDA Team, thank you for the job well done! Participants, you have been active, hardworking and enthusiastic! Thank you for participating in this year’s course.
To our partners at Oslo University College, LATINA Lab: We are greatly indebted to you for all the support.
Lastly, to Makerere University Library Management for the continued support and guidance.
Today, is a new day for the LATINA class. Participants are putting final touches to their projects. Presentations begin today and some participants look exhausted but still smiling because they are enjoying the project activities.
As earlier mentioned, participants are using the skills attained to accomplish Group projects. One group almost got a heart attack when they experienced power failure yet they had not saved the changes to their project. By the way power failure is a common phenomenon in Uganda so keep saving your work.
Group work in progress and participants are working hard to meet deadlines. LATINA emphasizes group work as a form of cooperative learning to enable participants to develop communication, collaborative skills and critical thinking.
Each group has been assigned facilitators to provide guidance as need arises. Participants seem happy so far! So what does the future hold for librarians with such digital skills?
Participants are currently busy working on their projects to be presented on Thursday. This is intensive and requires commitment and hard work. The project ideas this year are geared towards solving experienced in certain libraries in Uganda.
The products can be used in various settings and we hope for the best!
Today we shall begin planning for group work but first we have to introduce the concept- Co-production. This idea is about individuals, communities and organisations having the skills, knowledge and ability to work together, create opportunities and solve problems.
Participants need to learn group dynamics since we are training Information Managers. The nature of our work is User-centered so the products we design should be able to meet the ever changing information needs of our users.
Library Users should always be involved in the product design since they are the consumers. So, how do you deal with people from different backgrounds? We are yet to explore, just keep following LATINA UGANDA as events unfold.
In the land of discovery, we are yet to experience Pecha Kucha, Oral Presentation Skills and create our personal site- Google sites. Communication is a broad subject however; today we shall focus on Scholarly communication skills given our Academic background.
Gone are the days when scholars would present long and boring presentations. Pecha Kucha solves all those challenges of time management since presenters are usually allocated 20 minutes to disseminate their research findings. Pictures, diagrams and tables can easily drive your point home without lengthy explanations.
When donors or institutions fund activities they expect return on investment that is why we introduce participants to Social Entrepreneurship. There are many free online resources and LATINA emphasizes use of free web based tools so that participants are able to some up with innovations which can be implemented in their organisations. At individual level, we shall see how participants can use these tools for commercial purposes. After all who wouldn’t want to use his/her digital skills to do business?
Let us see what our participants experience during this session!