Library Supporting Research Communities in Developing Countries

In developing countries, libraries are often a hub of activity not only for information resources and services, but also for building foundational skills and knowledge within various user groups. With funding from an Elsevier Foundation grant, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Thai Nguyen University was able to substantially boost Vietnamese scholarship and scientific, technical and medical information exchange for scholars in Thai Nguyen Province and the north mountainous area of Vietnam.

The $40,000 grant, which began in April 2010, allowed the LRC to introduce hands-on training and mentoring programs, host interactive workshops, and publish a 150-page local language handbook on improving scientific writing and publishing. It also funded the implementation of an institutional repository using DSpace, open source software that enables sharing of content. 

Many American and Vietnamese LIS experts participated in the project. The two senior advisors - Patrick McGlamery, retired Director of Library Information Technology, University of Connecticut, and Terry Plum, Assistant Dean for Technology and GSLIS West program, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science - took a holistic approach, advising information technologists, administrators, librarians and researchers on how to work together to boost scholarly publishing and sharing.

Original post: Library Connect

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