A three-week empowerment training for library staff kicked off at AUN on May 20. The program is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP).
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a fellowship program for African institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host an African-born scholar to work in projects in research collaboration, graduate student teaching/mentoring and curriculum co-development.
A CADFP Fellow, Elsie Rogers Halliday Okobi, is the facilitator for the 15-day professional development training that is organized for 14 AUN Library staff members. Dr. Okobi, an expert in Library and Information Science, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Leadership at Southern Connecticut State University. The IT and Library Science expert said her mission is to help bridge the digital divide and support capacity for Library staff with the newest competencies.
She was at AUN in 2008 when she organized a similar training. Her return is basically to support the strengthening of capacity and newer skills of the AUN library staff to better serve AUN’s learning community with the newest digital information services. She said the CADFP gets Africans from different specializations who live in the US to return and contribute to capacity building across African academic institutions.
The training content she is delivering includes topics on digital libraries, digital reference, information literacy, online instruction tutorials, open education resources, content management, internet-based resources, and creative commons. The University Librarian, Dr. Carlos Wong-Martínez thanked the Carnegie Corporation for its kind assistance. “We expect that this will not be the only training,” he said. “We want to work with CADFP in the future.”
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa