Objectives: This presentation will describe the organization of a book drive for the Malawi College of Health Sciences in Blantyre, Malawi. The College’s library serves about 700 students, as well as health care professionals from a neighboring hospital. However, the library lacks sufficient resources, with most of their books being outdated or in poor condition, diminishing health care quality in Malawi.
Methods: The first step was to determine how to get the books to Malawi. We decided to work with the African Library Project (ALP), an organization that coordinates book drives and ships books to libraries in Africa. The Malawi College of Health Sciences submitted an application to ALP and after they were accepted, we developed a plan to collect approximately 500 gently used health sciences books. We created a set of collection criteria based on the needs of the College to ensure that all the books we sent were as relevant and recent as possible. Internet access in Malawi is not reliable, so print books are essential. We solicited donations at our campus and within our community, and collected books for about two months. Books were organized by subject as they were received in order to facilitate the shipping process.
Results: The book drive will be completed in early May 2017. Results will be made available during the presentation at MLA 2017.
Conclusion: Conclusions will be made available during the presentation at MLA 2017.
Keywords: global health, outreach, Malawi
Resource Management Librarian
The University of New Mexico
Karen McElfresh, MSLS, AHIP is the Resource Management Librarian at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She obtained her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2013.
Division Head, Resources, Archives and Discovery
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Director, Arts-In-Medicine Program
University of New Mexico, Department of Internal Medicine
Albuqeurque, New Mexico
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