ESCAP Library focus training on information for least developed countries
Posted: Tuesday, 23 April 2013, Bangkok | Author: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
This month, the ESCAP Library hosted Ms. Quazi Fozia Naher from the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh for two weeks of on-the-job training in all aspects of library management. More and more ESCAP member States are recognizing the value of being able to access information when addressing development issues, and as a result have been requesting assistance and training from ESCAP.
Ms. Naher is the latest trainee to participate in the Library’s training programme. She joins trainees from Bhutan, Nepal and Cambodia all of whom travelled to Bangkok, Thailand to learn how they can better help their clients access relevant information.
Ms. Naher learnt how to purchase and manage traditional print information, international cataloguing standards, what type of automated integrated library systems should be used, lending and reference services and how to market and promote library services.
“People don’t always think about how vital the ability to access information is for developing countries, but it can really make a massive difference in moving forward with successful development programmes,” said Aimée Herridge, the head of ESCAP’s library. “We’re really proud that the ESCAP Library can provide this kind of training to our member States.”
Of particular interest to Ms. Naher was access to high-quality, online information and programmes such as the successful Research4Life a public-private partnership of the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers. She also learned about open-access resources like World Bank Data , the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository and the UNData site.
Prior to the training Ms. Naher had been unaware that Least Developed Countries can gain access to thousands of peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases for free.