ITOCA (Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa) is Africa’s leading librarians training organization based in Africa.ITOCA is a capacity building organization aimed at enhancing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for African librarians,information specialists, scientists, researchers and students in Sub-Sahara Africa. Formerly, TEEAL Africa Office, ITOCA Albert R. Mann Library TEEAL programmefor Africa. The organization, which has professionals in 3 countries (Nigeria, Uganda, and Zimbabwe) and liaison contacts in 35 was established in Feb. 1999 as a marketing and support office for Cornell University’s African countries, has trained over 1,000 information professionals,in 33 Sub-Sahara Africa countries in the last seven years.ITOCA , with backstopping from the TEEAL and AGORA projects at Mann Library (Cornell University) and FAO, the HINARI project at WHO and ORAE project at UNEP has a mandate to carry out outreach and training activities that promote the successful adoption and use of these three programs throughout Africa.
|The last half of the year has been exciting for ITOCA with a mixed bag of national workshops, outreach activities (conferences, paper presentations and publications), institutional workshops and collaborative work with some of the leading development organisations. We would also like to thank the Cornell Mann Library Team: TEEAL Director , Baseema Krkoska; Digital Collections Librarian, Joy Paulson; Public Relations and Outreach Librarian, Jim Morris-Knower and the TEEAL Production Coordinator Jennifer Gibson for making trips to Africa and assist with various projects.
Higher Education Management training for managers of newly established university colleges and campuses in Kenya
Institutional level Training workshops
ITOCA West Africa Office Activities
ITOCA Southern Africa Office Activities
The participants had a very rich mix of areas of specializations and levels of education which included lecturers, researchers and Librarians. One participant had this to say, “The workshop was a pleasure, it’s now left to us participants to get others involved at our institutions”.
The Head Librarian Mr E. Makowe gave the opening speech where he outlined the future vision of the college saying that as an institution they are consciously moving away from traditional print resources to e-learning. He pointed out that the acquisition of the TEEAL set was a first in a number of initiatives aimed at realising and supporting e-learning at Harare Polytechnic.
ITOCA also partnered with the University of Zimbabwe’s Library to conduct an E-resource guidance workshop at the Harare campus and hold a library exhibition at this year’s Harare Agricultural show. Commenting on the support from ITOCA, the Agriculture Faculty Librarian said, “…I would like to thank you all for your support on the E-Resources guidance workshop and the Library’s exhibition at the Agriculture show. We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to working with you as we seek to improve on our e-resource usage statistics, LanTEEAL among others”.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: TEEAL Graduate Student Research Paper Competition 2011!!
CATEGORY 2: Best research paper by an MSc student – first prize $500 and second prize $250
A productive 2011 and fulfilling 2012