In March, Library Connect announced that proposals were being accepted for a new Medical Library Association (MLA) HINARI/Research4Life Grant focused on training activities for the Research4Life programs. More than 30 proposals were submitted from developed and developing countries, and the recipients — announced earlier this month — are from Ethiopia, Honduras and the US. Donated by the Elsevier Foundation, this year’s $20,000 in awards will fund training workshops and an update of Hinari training videos.
Via these funds, grant winners will increase awareness and usage of valuable HINARI/ Research4Life resources at an institutional, regional or even national level.
Congratulations to the 2016 Grant Recipients
- Martha Cecilia Garcia, National Library of Medicine, Honduras, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
- Karin Saric, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, US
- Alemayehu Bisrat, Center for eHealth, College of Health Sciences, Tikur Anbessa Specialized Teaching and Referral Hospital, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
- Dativa Tibyampansha, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania, and Megan von Isenburg, AHIP, Duke University, NC, US
Librarians without Borders®
Over the past decade, MLA’s Librarians without Borders® (LWB) has provided 55 workshops in 32 countries and 6 distance learning courses to more than 1,800 participants. The goal is simple, but ambitious — to drive usage and knowledge of Research4Life’s critical resources while building a robust training infrastructure across its four programs.
Since 2007, the LWB E-library Training Initiative has worked to improve access to high-quality science, technology and medical information through Research4Life by increasing the quantity and quality of usage in low-use areas. It provides critical online research skills training to librarians in developing countries as well as training of information specialists, researchers and health personnel across the globe. The initiative, based on the principle that key elements in improved health science may be shared by means of technological infrastructure, ensures access to quality information.
An ongoing partnership: Elsevier Foundation and LWB
In 2016, the Elsevier Foundation expanded its grant to fund LWB Train the Trainers workshops, cross-program modules, distance learning courses and user groups for another three years. This expansion reflects a decade-long commitment of Elsevier and the Elsevier Foundation to fund MLA/LWB to provide essential training to boost Research4Life usage in developing countries.
Over the years, Elsevier has also provided funding for training through the Elsevier Foundation's Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program along with technical and communications expertise to boost usage and awareness.