A Cornell University-supported workshop held at Wisconsin has equipped staff from 10 universities across the country with skills in using electronic library resources and databases.

Forty participants were introduced to some of the leading databases such as AGORA, TEAAL, HINARI, OARE and ARDI. They were also guided on best practice in accessing electronic library resources, effective search strategies and referencing and citation.

Throughout the two-day ‘Train-the-Trainer’ workshop, from 20th-22nd September, facilitators used a hands-on approach, with ample opportunity for participants to practice the skills they had learned.

Mrs Esther Twum-Barimah, Faculty Officer for the Wisconsin Business School, who attended the workshop, said: “I am not an academic, but using key words to search and using tools like Mendeley for referencing cuts across all forms of work. The important thing is the practice – if you don’t practice it, you lose it. 

She added: “We thoroughly the programme. It was a good opportunity to meet and interact with colleagues doing the same in other institutions. The library team did a great job in organising the event.”

Institutions represented at the event were Wisconsin International University College, Ashesi University, Central University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Accra Polytechnic.

University of Ghana, University of Education, Kumasi Campus, University of Education, Winneba, University of Professional Studies and the Accra Centre for Continuing Education also participated.

The event was supported by the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) and Cornell University – Mann Library.