Librarians without Borders®
Train the Trainers CE Course
At the 2009 MLA Meeting and Exhibition, eighteen people participated in the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Librarians Without Borders® (LWB) HINARI ‘Train the Trainers’ CE course taught by e-library training coordinator, Lenny Rhine. HINARI is the World Health Organization’s Program for Access to Health Research (HINARI) that provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. The goal of the workshop was to train MLA members so that they could instruct individuals from HINARI eligible institutions.
In April 2010, Rhine conducted a post-course survey to find out what the participants had accomplished. Eight individuals have conducted training and/or promoted HINARI. Participants taught ‘Short Courses’ at the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Moldova, Free International University of Moldova, LVIV University, Ukraine and the Ministry of Health, Eritrea. One individual developed the initial draft of a new HINARI training module titled ‘Evidence-based Practice Resources for HINARI Users.’ Two participants translated the HINARI ‘Short Course’ into Spanish for use as a self-paced distance learning course. Another taught Short Courses to Mongolian veterinary medicine doctors and Emerging Pathogens Institute Certificate students at the University of Florida. Others conducted HINARI orientations for Iraqi physicians visiting the CDC and pediatric clinical staff at the Dorset County Hospital, UK where there is a linkage to a hospital in Chergassy, Ukraine.
Using previously developed international contacts, these MLA members have been able to foster the use of HINARI in eligible countries. MLA LWB is conducting a second ‘Train the Trainers’ course at MLA’10 and is optimistic that there will be similar outcomes.
Reports of 'Train the Trainers' CE classes are posted on MLANET shortly following the classes.
Submitted by: Lenny Rhine
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2010 June 30