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Accessing information in developing countries

By: INASP, Association of Commonwealth Universities, published on Jan. 21, 2013

Countries: Not specified

Tags: E-resources, Librarian,

A one-day workshop providing an overview of the issues associated with accessing information in developing countries. This workshop addresses the opportunities offered by e-resources and the changing role of the university library.


This course aims to provide participants with the e-resource knowledge and skills to:

  • describe the different types available
  • contrast their features and functionality
  • explain their strengths and weaknesses
  • identify examples of each type
  • describe the infrastructure required to support their use
  • describe the different access routes to them
  • identify some of the access options available within developing countries
  • list possible future developments in access to resources
  • describe the factors that affect and determine their use
  • explain the role of the university library in enabling effective and sustainable use
  • identify constraints under which libraries work
  • suggest ways that academics and administrators can assist the library

These materials were developed in association with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The workshop materials consist of all of the materials that would be needed to run the full, one day workshop. The workshop materials include; presentation slides (with accompanying speakers notes), participant handouts and exercises, administrative documents and support guidelines. They are provided in a mixture of MS Word and PowerPoint formats.

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