A Planning, Training, and Implementation Program for
Carnegie Grantee University Libraries
Three year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York
April 1, 2005 – March 31, 2008
Assist university librarians from seven Carnegie grantee institutions in East and West Africa to move into a fully automated on-line catalog environment and a computer-based library management system to better serve the research and learning needs of their users
Ghana: University of Ghana – Legon and University of Education – Winneba
Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Jos, and Ahmadu Bello University
Tanzania: University of Dar es Salaam
Uganda: Makerere University in Uganda
1. Each university will commit to the goal of the project and undertake the task of identifying or procuring the needed resources (in conjunction with the Carnegie Corporation, if necessary).
2. Each university library, with the assistance of the Mortenson Center, will engage in an automation planning process and will develop a comprehensive plan for library automation with measurable goals.
3. Each university library and its staff will actively participate in the implementation of an automated catalog and a computer-based library management system and will report regularly to the Mortenson Center on the progress of the implementation.
4. The library administrators and staff will develop expertise in the planning for, and the implementation of, an automated library system.
5. The Mortenson Center will assist each university library in the implementing of an automated system by providing or coordinating the necessary planning, technical and professional development assistance over the three years of the project.
6. The university libraries and the Mortenson Center will work together to establish better communication with library software and hardware vendors and to encourage the vendors to provide better assistance for their products.
1. Visit each year by team from the Mortenson Center to provide assistance in the
planning and implementation of an automated system
2. Establishment of on-going training, technical support, and communication
3. Development of two-way reporting and communication system between the
Mortenson Center team and the library project planning teams
4. Participation by library staff in the Mortenson Center program for professional
5. Increased communication with library software and hardware vendors
6. Ongoing evaluation component
Measurable progress toward the implementation of a fully automated online library
catalog and library management system
detailing the goals of the project, and committing to identifying and/or procuring
the needed resources for the project.
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
Professional development center offering programs to librarians around the world that
seeks to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians world.
Librarians and information specialists from 86 countries have participated in programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.