From: Christine Wamunyima Kanyengo []
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:58 AM
To: Royall, Julia (NIH/NLM) [E]; Auston, Ione (NIH/NLM) [E]
Subject: Ahila report

Dear Julia and Ione,

Please find attached the report from the conference.

It is now time to express my thanks to NLM and all of you for funding my participation at this conference. I thouroghly enjoyed the conference as there were plenty of opportunities to share and exchange information.

What really came was that there was a lack of knowledge on NLM products apart PubMed/Medline. Perhaps there might be ways of intervening but this can be brainstormed further.



Report on the 11th Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa

From: Royall, Julia (NIH/NLM) [E]
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 4:17 PM
To: ‘’; Christine Wamunyima Kanyengo; Maria Cristina Furtado Horta; Abdrahamane, Anne; Grace Ajuwon; KEMRI LIBRARY;; ‘’; ‘’; ‘’
Cc: Plumer, Andrew (NIH/NLM) [E]; Royall, Julia (NIH/NLM) [E]; Auston, Ione (NIH/NLM) [E]
Subject: followup to AHILA report

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share some comments (below) from Andrew Plumer here at NLM on your excellent workshop report. I think most of you know Andrew. I know we would all benefit from your feedback on this critical issue that you uncovered with your survey.

AHILA Congress, October 2008
One thing that struck me in the report of the AHILA Congress were the Degrees of Knowledge of NLM Products/Services and Frequency of Use of NLM Products/Services tables. It seems that there is a goodly portion that really does know our products, but the majority does not seem to use them with any frequency. My question is why the discrepancy? Is it IT issues, the users’ own confidence in using the NLM products to service patrons, use of other products (i.e. Google,) language issues, or other factors? If NLM products are not being used with regularity, which creates proficiency, then how well are library staff members teaching skills to patrons or do they have much opportunity for teaching patrons? Obviously, certain NLM databases: GeneBank, BLAST, ToxNet are not utilized, as their concentration is more narrowly focused. I have to admit that I rarely use the Genetics databases. The African NLM associates have done an admirable job in “getting the word out” on NLM products, but what is needed is to increase usage of at least the core products, PubMed( including Medline, and PMC), MedlinePlus, and NCBI BookShelf. With Bookshelf it will be more problematic because of the size of the monographs and the books’ actual use in African medical schools. An interesting project would be to have a librarian work with several department heads on evaluating the texts required for the course and comparing it to what is available via BookShelf. Could BookShelf be used as resource for the primary course text, or provide supplemental materials? Before addressing how to increase usage it would be beneficial to know why. Can an e-mail survey be created and distributed to AHILA members?


From the October 23-27 2006 AHILA Conference:

AHILA Letter of Appreciation for Support
AHILA 10th Conference Report