TRAINING AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
New technologies such as blogs, wikis, iPods & podcasting, MP3 files, Google tools, federated search tools, Flickr, YouTube etc must be embraced and supported with training and learning opportunities for both staff and students.
At the beginning of each academic year, the University library conducts a user education session per programme of study aimed at ensuring all new students are given a clear and helpful introduction to the Library services appropriate to their needs. All first year students are expected to register with the Library at the end of the training session so as to access library facilities and services. The programme is designed to ensure that all members of the University community are offered effective support and guidance in identifying and using appropriate information resources in support of research, teaching and study.
The Library subscribes to online databases which include electronic journals and e-books. Training of Library Users is undertaken to enable Users access these resources. The Library in partnership with the School of Graduate studies conducts training for Graduate students and researchers at Makerere University. During such trainings participants are introduced to Library services. Last year the component of Google docs. Was introduced in the Library training programme. Participants find Google docs. very useful because most of them are involved in collaborative research.
Oslo University College has over the last three years provided training opportunities to people who could afford to travel to Norway. Four Staff members of Makerere University Library attended LATINA in 2009 and 2010. This caused a drastic change in the way these members performed their duties. The collaborating institutions; University of Bergen, Oslo University College and Makerere University Library decided to bring LATINA to Africa in order to bridge the skills gap among Librarians. LATINA will be conducted right here at Makerere University Library. This is a great opportunity which librarians and teachers in Africa particularly in Uganda must not miss.
At the end of the course participants are expected to:
- Have attained skills in digital technologies.
- Contribute new ideas to their institutions.
- Design and implement projects
By Uganda Production Team;
Agnes, Fred, Irene, Monica & Philliam.