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1 High Altitude Integrated Natural Resource Management – a research collaboration with a library / information component Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar, Liv Ellingsen Senior librarian, UMB, Noragric

2 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar Partners: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Baltistan (CSO) Norwegian University of Life Sciences (academic)  HAINRM: 10 years cooperation

3 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES Baltistan – Little Tibet HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar

4 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar Background  In a team co-operating across disciplinary and geographical boundaries, information resource management represents an important challenge. Purpose (from the 1997 Project document)  To create a common information resource base relevant to all project areas  To facilitate exchange of information between counterparts in Baltistan and Norway  To support AKRSP Baltistan’s efforts in networking for information access

5 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES Status of partners’ resources at project outset  Noragric had a well functioning library which made sharing easy  AKRSP Baltistan had no established system or routines for sharing information /documents Project resources  Competence on information management in the project group –Noragric: librarian –AKRSP: leader of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Section (MER)  Funds for purchasing information as needed –Mainly spent on books for AKRSP, but some for Noragric special collection, and for research articlesto partners in both ends HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar

6 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES Activities  Encouraged project partners to share relevant information resources – with one another and with outsiders.  Noragric library established –special collection relevant to the project, mainly consisting of grey documents from the area– integrated in the library catalogue (BIBSYS) –database of relevant information networks within the project themes – used by AKRSP B –simple web-page for sharing of project documentation  AKRSP wanted to establish a library, collected scattered materials in one room  Created document database in ProCite, which was also used by some of the researchers for personal documentation HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar

7 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES Noragric librarian visited AKRSP  Meetings with AKRSP staff for needs assessment  Meeting with other libraries in Skardu for networking and professional exchange  Short training of AKRSP library staff on: –Efficient use of the database system (ProCite) –Simple classification for better order and retrieval –Aquisition of documents –Journals’ management –Circulation system –Networking (newsletters, exchange agreements, mailing lists etc.) –User services, information dissemination to users –Etc. Etc. HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar

8 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES And all the time people went back and forth – researchers, managers, MSc and PhD students… HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar

9 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES …and sometimes library staff HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar

10 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar : End of phase 1  Information component got good evaluation, but funds for next phase were reduced  You can’t kill personal comitment – contact continued, until Yesss…2006 gave more funding  AKRSP drafted a plan to turn its library into a Resource and Research Centre (RRC) for the benefit of the whole research community in Baltistan  Staff training in Norway  Staff training and study tours to libraries in Pakistan  Contact established with Pakistan National Digital Library –Tailored training in use of e-resources

11 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES 2007: The end of AKRSP – UMB cooperation  Final workshop and presentations to external stakeholders showed RRC’s visions: –To meet the information needs of AKRSP, AKDN, LSOs, CSOs, tourists, researchers, planners, students, elected representatives and others –Strengthen capacity and competence of AKRSP staff, partner organizations, government departments, CSOs and LSOs through Providing a well functioning research environment with readily accessible documentation and information services Providing support for planning, training and development activities HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar

12 NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES HAINRM, Norwegian Library Meeting, Hamar


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