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African librarians trained in monitoring and evaluation of e-resources use thanks to new online course

January 25, 2017

Tags: Monitoring & Evaluation of e-Resource Use (MEERU), online course

INASP has started a new online course in Monitoring & Evaluation of e-Resource Use (MEERU) for librarians based in African countries.

The course (24 January - 20 March) is designed for libraries which are members of a library consortium in INASP’s partner countries and already offer an electronic resource service to their academic and research communities.

Over 300 people from nine countries have enrolled in the course. The course is being offered on INASP’s Moodle platform, which is already used regularly for the popular online AuthorAID research-writing courses for researchers.

Participants in this course will learn how they can collect data and information about the use of electronic journals and books provided by their library. Also, they will learn how they can analyse and interpret the information in order to offer library users an adequate service and access to useful resources.

“Library consortia in INASP’s partner countries rely on monitoring and evaluation findings in order to make the right decisions about e-literature subscriptions, to support their members with marketing and promotion and find out training needs. Having this number of librarians on the course will make a big difference to the consortia,” says Veronika Schaeffler, Programme Assistant, Access Support at INASP.

Veronika adds: “Their member institutions will gain the skills and competence of collecting essential usage data and providing the consortia with evaluation findings about their needs”.

In May/June 2016, librarians from Ghana, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zimbabwe took part in a pilot for this online course. The course was popular among the participants, who particularly liked the interactive character of the course. The participants completed exercises such as quizzes and the peer-reviewed assignment and shared expertise with each other. The current MEERU course follows the similar format.

The course is moderated by Olive Akpebu Adjah, Head of E-Resources in the University of Ghana, who completed the pilot MEERU course in 2016. Three other completers of the pilot course, Bosco Buruga, Muni University Library Services, Uganda, Moses Odeke Osamai, Kampala International University, Uganda and Nayana Wijayasundara, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, will be helping with the facilitation of the participants’ discussions in the online course forums. 

“I’m pleased to assist with the course facilitation as I know MEERU can show us librarians the way of getting the maximum benefit for what we spend on e-resources by deciding the most beneficial resources through a successful monitoring and evaluation process," Nayana says.

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