Data Skills Training Workshop for Zimbabwean Academic Librarians
The Gwanda State University Library; courtesy of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) hosted a Data Skills Training Workshop for Zimbabwean Academic Librarians, from the 19th to the 20th of July 2023 at the Gwanda State University Epoch Mine Campus.
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DATA SKILLS TRAINING FOR ZIMBABWEAN ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS
Data Skills Training Workshop for Zimbabwean Academic Librarians was held at Gwanda State University (GSU), Epoch Mine Campus, Filabusi, Zimbabwe from the 19th to the 20th of July 2023, with support from an IASSIST Program Sponsorship award. The event was hosted by the GSU Library. The training workshop targeted academic librarians in Zimbabwe with the main objective of increasing 1) their knowledge of research data management and 2) their capacity to assist researchers in this area.
Twenty-four participants drawn from 12 universities in Zimbabwe attended. Over the course of the training, seven local and international facilitators delivered captivating and informative presentations about various types and formats of research data; the kinds of activities involved in managing and sharing research data; expectations from research funders; and resources available to support researchers with data management and writing data management plans. Attendees were also introduced to the goals and objectives of IASSIST.
Participants were invited to join a WhatsApp group to stay in touch and exchange questions and tips about managing research data. A key recommendation from the workshop was for all participants to advocate for ongoing training workshops on research data management through the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium to keep Zimbabwean librarians abreast of the most recent developments.
One participant, Ephraim Makeke, said, “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a well-structured and insightful event. I was particularly impressed by the emphasis on data ethics and data sharing principles during the workshop. The collaborative atmosphere fostered during the workshop will undoubtedly lead to potential future collaborations and shared insights. The data skills training workshop was an outstanding opportunity to sharpen my skills and understanding of essential data management practices in the research context. I now feel more confident in my ability to handle research data effectively and ethically.”For more information click here»
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GSU Library is pleased to announce access to the ProQuest E-book Central databse. ProQuest E-book Central is a subscription database that provides access to thousands of book titles from thousands of publishers, including Allen & Unwin, Wiley, Pearson, and Oxford University Press. The database covers all the subject disciplines currently on offer at GSU and accessible via the library website.
Gwanda State University Library announces the launch of its maiden Online Public Access Catalogue, powered by KOHA. The catalogue facilitates independent online search experience of the library’s holdings, with excellent ease of searching and accessing resources. In addition, the catalogue’s responsive design is optimized for smartphones and tablets. To learn more about the catalogue’s functionality, the GSU Library will conduct regular training sessions which will be announced on its website and official social media platforms.
GSU Library is pleased to announce access to the eLibraryUSA electronic resource. eLibraryUSA is a digital collection of trusted information resources from the United States with quality newspapers, magazines, journals, books, dissertations and award-winning films and videos.
GSU Library announces the launch of an online LiveChat facility to provide immediate, personalized and real time reference service to the university community. Library patrons are able to initiate a chat directly from the library website!.
GSU Library is proud to introduce a WhatsApp-a-Librarian Service which is an enquiry service that enables you to connect with a librarian at the GSU Library using one of the most widely used form of communication in the world!
The Gwanda State University Library; courtesy of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) is pleased to host a Data Skills Training Workshop for Zimbabwean Academic Librarians, from the 19th to the 20th of July 2023 at the Gwanda State University Epoch Mine Campus.Read More »
GSU Library provides you with access to the ProQuest E-book Central database . In order to make maximum use of this resource, the Library in collaboration with the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium (ZULC) extends an invitation to a series of online user training sessions this September to “Broaden Your Research Skills Using ProQuest Resources“ as highlighted below:
- Discover relevant titles on the Ebook Central platform
- Ability to search/browse
- Utilize online reader and bookshelf functionalities
- Perform downloads
- Understand plagiarism and its impact on your academic journey
- Recognize guidelines and apply best practices to avoid plagiarism
- Use the ProQuest platform to help you with accurate referencing to give a solid foundation to your research
- Apply some basic standard rules for getting your article published
- Use to advance the Peer Review process
- Evaluate the value of the open-access publishing
- Detect to avoid the predatory publishing
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