What ADHL is all about

The ADHL story in a nutshell

Introduction

In today’s world, the internet has become an essential tool to accessing information and communicating with others. It is a global service established for peoples benefit and provides opportunities for all. This ability to access credible information and knowledge has the potential to improve lives and empower people through greater access to knowledge and channels of influence. The importance of knowledge and access to it is well recognized in the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) 16.10 which talks about knowledge and access; and the African Union Agenda 2063 Aspiration 1, Goal 3 which talks of having a healthy African population.
African Digital Health Library (ADHL) is a digital library open to all and is guided by our mission to ensure availability and access to knowledge on health and other health related information from the participating countries in Sub Saharan Africa for the benefits of scholars, policy makers, practitioners and the general public. African Digital Health Library is based at six major universities in sub-Saharan Africa and these are Kenya Methodist University (Kenya), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Science, Techniques and Technology of Bamako (Mali), Ibadan University (Nigeria), University of Zambia (Zambia) and University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). The library is a product of collaborative efforts of medical librarians at the said universities where the librarians involved are part of the Network of Medical Librarians (NAML). NAML is a network of medical librarians who were either collaborating or had been a fellow with the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health located in the United states of America. The ADHL project is supported by the Office of Global AIDS/U.S. Department of State, U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

THE ADHL DOCUMENTARY: the past, present and future of ADHL

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This video segment describes the past, present and future of African Digital Health Library ADHL. The first phase of the ADHL is being supported by funds from the Office of Global AIDS/U.S. Department of State and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The Goal

The principal objective of ADHL is to provide resources for educators, scholars, medical practitioners and general audiences all around the World.

ADHL aims to provide quality information especially that is not already available digitally, which we believe can a great contribution to the scholar discourse, policy making and practice spaces.

Librarians sources and select content from their libraries and other institutions in their countries that is considered important and makes it available digitally within their digital repository systems (Local ADHL Nodes). Where content is in print format, it is digitized and described before making it available. While content is available within their own digital repository systems, it is also important that this content is made easily accessible via a central outlet and the ADHL Aggregation service makes this possible. The ADHL Aggregation Service harvests content that has been curated by the librarians and hosted in their digital repositories into a single data set that can be searched centrally, and content accessed through it. The aggregation service therefore hosts content from all the participating Institutions ADHL repositories together to allow users to easily search and discover it from a single place.
The Aggregation Service uses a DSpace repository software manage the harvesting, discovery and access. The harvesting utilizes OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative’s Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) and OAI-ORE (Open Archives Initiative’s Object Reuse and Exchange) where possible so that references to the full text are also made available for users to access directly without going to the institution’s repository. Below is the architecture of the Aggregation service.