International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Professional Development Grant
INASP has been involved in building and strengthening consortia in developing countries. The Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) is one of the consortia that have greatly benefited from this collaboration. One of the areas that INASP has focused on is building capacity of librarians for the sustainability of the consortium.
This year, I was privileged to win an the INASP professional Development Grant. I used the grant to attend the specialized workshops on Learning and Teaching in the Digital World (LATINA) and Statistics for Advocacy in Cape Town on 20-29 August 2015. For more details, please visit: Cape Town
During the workshops, I was introduced to open source digital tools for teaching and learning. As an Information Literacy trainer, I embraced the concept of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A MOOC is a model for delivering learning content online with no limit on attendance. To this effect, I have been able to set up page for consortium members for purposes of Research and Development (R&D) available at: CUUL.
There has been a paradigm shift in higher education from teaching to learning. This means that librarians’ roles have to change too in order to facilitate collaborative learning. Librarians need to become innovative in order to remain relevant to the communities they serve.
With the skills attained, I intend to train other consortium members.