Submitted by Grace A. Ajuwon
The first Medical Library Association (MLA) Librarians Without Border (LWB) Grant (2009) was awarded to E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The LWB grant award was meant for the purchase of health science books and computers for the E-learning laboratory.
On Friday December 18th 2009, seventy-eight (78) new health science textbooks including reference resources and two (2) branded computers were commissioned for use at the E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library (ELOML), College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, by Dr Benedict Adekunle Oladele, the University Librarian. The occasion was attended by 78 persons including the Provost College of Medicine, Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun and his deputy, Professor Aderonke Baiyeroju, lecturers and students of both the College of Medicine and the University College Hospital (UCH). The text books cover disciplines such as Anatomy, Anesthesia, Dentistry/Oral health, Hematology, Immunology, Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Nursing and Midwifery , Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinoringology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy), Public Health and Surgery.
The procurement of the books and computers were made possible through a $5000 grant from the Medical Library Association (MLA), USA, Librarians Without Borders (LWB), won by Mrs. Grace Ajuwon, the Reference and Information Services Librarian at ELOML. The title of Mrs. Ajuwon’s winning proposal was “Resource needs and capacity development for E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, University of Ibadan, Nigeria”. The MLA Librarians Without Borders® Grant supports health science librarianship in Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) eligible countries, by funding training opportunities and/or the purchase of materials that further the use of biomedical resources for education, research or clinical practice. The grant was made possible by a donation from the FlySheet Med-Informatics Company of Taipei, Taiwan and administered by the International Cooperation Section of MLA.
Speaking at the occasion, both Dr Oladele and Professor Omigbodun commended the efforts of the grantee in writing a competitive proposal. Professor Omigbodun also observed that the books are the latest editions and would be of immense benefit to the students, Faculty and health care practitioners. The significance of the purchase of the books is that it will solve the problem of non-availability of current textbooks which has been a major challenge at ELOML for many years. It is hoped that the availability of the books in the Library will help to meet the information needs of students and Faculty in the College of Medicine and health care providers in UCH. A participatory method including direct solicitation from Deans of Faculties, Heads of Departments and students was used in the identification and selection of the books.
The two branded Dell computers will add to the number of computers donated to the Library’s E-Learning Laboratory by Alumni of the College of Medicine (Class of 1984 and 1987) and the Faculty of Clinical Sciences.
Grace A. Ajuwon
E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library
College of Medicine
University of Ibadan
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