Today’s world of an information society continues to emphasize the end user revolution. This has brought a significant change in the role of librarians and information professionals. Information professionals have gone from being responsible for locating information to training end-users to identify and evaluate electronic material.
♦ Regarding the empowerment of end-users, how has your role changed?
♦ What successes have you had and what are the challenges in training the end users?
This sub-themes calls for papers, research reports, proposals or strategies including experiences and initiatives that are being adopted, need to be adopted to empower end-user access and use of health information.
The ability for library systems/institutions to distribute information in either electronic or print format has continued to grow over the years. In some cases, the information has been targeted toward underserved populations throughout the country. This is one of the observations made at a previous AHILA congress whereby some country chapters displayed remarkable progress.
♦ Has your institution/organization/country developed such outreach programs?
♦ What audiences have been targeted and how have they been reached?
AHILA is encouraging increased chapter activity in this regard and calls for papers, initiatives, research, and strategies aimed at strengthening health information systems and networks at country level.
Access to current research material has increased significantly in recent decades and should impact positively on research outcomes from Africa as well as enhance the provision of quality healthcare.
♦ How has your institution fostered the use of such information to advance research?
♦ Has research and related publishing increased at your institution?
Papers that will address these issues are welcomed.
Information and Communication Technologies have played a significant role in bridging the information gap between industrialized and developing countries and may have impacted on your country/institution in numerous ways.
♦ What projects or resources have had the most positive impact?
♦ What could be done to enhance the access to the electronic health information?
♦ Have you measured the impact of ICT in your country/ institution?
This sub-theme calls for theoretical papers, review papers, research reports, projects and programs that address the impact of ICT in enhancing access to and use of health information.
Numerous large and small partnership projects have been fostered with an aim to deliver significant amounts of current health information in Africa. These range from sister library partnerships to global partnerships.
♦ How have these partnerships impacted on the access to health information at your institution, country or Africa as a whole?
♦ What factors enhance or weaken the success of such a program?
This sub-theme calls for papers that address how these partnerships have impacted on the access to health information.