Aluka will be hosting a training presentation at the University of Ghana in Legon on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. The presentation will be held at the ICT Centre on campus and is expected to be attended by about 50 attendees from libraries throughout Ghana.

Dr. Siro Masinde, Aluka’s Regional Coordinator in Africa, will be giving a presentation on Aluka and how it can effect change in research and scholarship in Africa. Dr. Masinde has spent the better part of the year traveling throughout Africa spreading the word about Aluka and engaging institutions as participants in the Aluka community and the results have been worthwhile; so far, over 70 African institutions have signed up with Aluka.

Following Dr. Masinde’s presentation, I, in my capacity as a member of Aluka User Services will be conducting a training session with all participants demonstrating the content available on the site as well as the advanced learning tools available for exploring and interacting with the digital library. Participants will have plenty of time for exploring Aluka from their workstation in the ICT Centre and Dr. Masinde, Rahim Rajan, Aluka’s Collection Development Manager, and myself will be available to offer any assistance and answer any questions as needed.

Lunch will be served and hopefully a good, productive time will be had by all. We look forward to meeting all the attendees and working with them to help Aluka become a positive tool for research and scholarship in Ghana.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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