College Forum Vol 14, Num 5 : Page 4

GLOBAL SHARING INFORMATION TO SAVE LIVES MDC Helps Libraries in Mozambique Break Barriers of Isolation hen Miami Dade Col-lege opened its doors in 1960, it adopted the motto “Scientia est potentia.” Now it is helping show others that knowledge is not only power, it also is a vital key to saving lives. Library staff from MDC’s Medi-cal Center Campus recently visited libraries in Mozambique to show how sharing information can help medical students in their mission to improve public health through-out their nation, where 1.5 million people are living with HIV, accord-ing to recent estimates by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. The Mozambique library initiative was part of Miami Dade College’s recent expansion of its partner-ship with the Association of Pub-lic Health Laboratories in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The partnership began in 2008, W when Mozambican biologists came to MDC to learn new skills. Now ef-forts are also focusing on two med-ical institution libraries in Maputo, the nation’s capital. The libraries of the Instituto Ciên-cias de Saúde (Institute of Health Sciences) and the Instituto Supe-rior de Ciências de Saúde (Higher Institute of Health Sciences) share the same space and house a small, well-organized collection of print materials and a modest computer room with Internet access. How-ever, they are run independently from each other and have had no access to or even knowledge of the other’s resources. “We observed a strong sense of ownership and concern over re-leasing precious materials,” said Elisa Abella, library director for Mi-ami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus. “Isolation is a great bar-rier, and we encouraged the library staff in Maputo to adopt a broader vision.” Inspired by the input of MDC li-brarians, staff at the two libraries in Maputo are now embracing the idea of collaboration and have also learned how to empower their stu-dents to learn more by sharing vital medical information. “They have access to more than 7,000 full-text journal titles available through the World Health Organiza-tion and the cooperation of more than 100 publishers,” said Carla Clark, faculty librarian for MDC’s Medical Center Campus. “But only one staffer was using it for student queries. “They became interested in how we teach our students to log into online resources and how to do re-search themselves, as well as guide them along, so they can become independent, life-long learners.” – PUR Expanding Educational Horizons Into Indonesia From Argentina and China to England, Mo-rocco and New Zealand, Miami Dade College students already have the opportunity to live and study in more than 25 countries around the world – all while earning MDC credits counting toward their degrees. And now they can add In-donesia to the mix, thanks to a new grant awarded to MDC by the U.S. Department of State, through the Institute of Internation-al Education. MDC was the only community college among the six U.S. institutions selected to receive the grant for launching the U.S.-Indo-nesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP). The six U.S. institutions, which include the University of Michi-gan and Texas A&M along with MDC, will work with a different Indone-sian institution to develop a variety of academic exchanges. “I think study abroad is an invaluable part of preparing stu-dents for becoming global citizens,” said Jane Ann Williams, executive director of MDC’s Office of In-ternational Education. “It’s important to have a global perspective, to have an understanding and ap-preciation of culture and diver-sity.” The grant will enable MDC faculty and administrators to travel to Indonesia to develop future study abroad programs. In addition, the grant will pro-vide resources for the College to host members of participating Indonesian institutions coming to the U.S. to establish the partnership. “We are very much looking forward to this opportunity,” Williams said. “With MDC be-ing the largest institution of higher education in the U.S., we already are very culturally diverse. This partnership means that we will become even more so. “Best of all, when our students return, they become ambassadors for change and advocates for global citizenship.” – PUR 4 forum

Sharing Information to Save Lives

MDC Helps Libraries in Mozambique Break Barriers of Isolation<br /> When Miami Dade College opened its doors in 1960, it adopted the motto “Scientia est potentia.” Now it is helping show others that knowledge is not only power, it also is a vital key to saving lives.<br /> <br /> Library staff from MDC’s Medical Center Campus recently visited libraries in Mozambique to show how sharing information can help medical students in their mission to improve public health throughout their nation, where 1.5 million people are living with HIV, according to recent estimates by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.<br /> <br /> The Mozambique library initiative was part of Miami Dade College’s recent expansion of its partnership with the Association of Public Health Laboratories in the fight against HIV/AIDS.<br /> <br /> The partnership began in 2008, when Mozambican biologists came to MDC to learn new skills. Now efforts are also focusing on two medical institution libraries in Maputo, the nation’s capital.<br /> <br /> The libraries of the Instituto Ciências de Saúde (Institute of Health Sciences) and the Instituto Superior de Ciências de Saúde (Higher Institute of Health Sciences) share the same space and house a small, well-organized collection of print materials and a modest computer room with Internet access. However, they are run independently from each other and have had no access to or even knowledge of the other’s resources.<br /> <br /> “We observed a strong sense of ownership and concern over releasing precious materials,” said Elisa Abella, library director for Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus. “Isolation is a great barrier, and we encouraged the library staff in Maputo to adopt a broader vision.”<br /> <br /> Inspired by the input of MDC librarians, staff at the two libraries in Maputo are now embracing the idea of collaboration and have also learned how to empower their students to learn more by sharing vital medical information.<br /> <br /> “They have access to more than 7,000 full-text journal titles available through the World Health Organization and the cooperation of more than 100 publishers,” said Carla Clark, faculty librarian for MDC’s Medical Center Campus. “But only one staffer was using it for student queries.<br /> <br /> “They became interested in how we teach our students to log into online resources and how to do research themselves, as well as guide them along, so they can become independent, life-long learners.”<br /> <br /> — PUR<br /> <br /> <br />

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Expanding Educational Horizons Into Indonesia

From Argentina and China to England, Morocco and New Zealand, Miami Dade College students already have the opportunity to live and study in more than 25 countries around the world – all while earning MDC credits counting toward their degrees.<br /> <br /> And now they can add Indonesia to the mix, thanks to a new grant awarded to MDC by the U.S. Department of State, through the Institute of International Education.<br /> <br /> MDC was the only community college among the six U.S. institutions selected to receive the grant for launching the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP). The six U.S. institutions, which include the University of Michigan and Texas A&M along with MDC, will work with a different Indonesian institution to develop a variety of academic exchanges.<br /> <br /> “I think study abroad is an invaluable part of preparing students for becoming global citizens," said Jane Ann Williams, executive director of MDC’s Office of International Education. “It’s important to have a global perspective, to have an understanding and appreciation of culture and diversity.”<br /> <br /> The grant will enable MDC faculty and administrators to travel to Indonesia to develop future study abroad programs. In addition, the grant will provide resources for the College to host members of participating Indonesian institutions coming to the U.S. to establish the partnership.<br /> <br /> “We are very much looking forward to this opportunity,” Williams said. “With MDC being the largest institution of higher education in the U.S., we already are very culturally diverse. This partnership means that we will become even more so.<br /> <br /> “Best of all, when our students return, they become ambassadors for change and advocates for global citizenship.”<br /> <br /> — PUR<br /> <br /> <br />

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Expanding+Educational+Horizons+Into+Indonesia/554042/52987/article.html.

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