During the week of March 12, in partnership with EIFL and Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), TASCHA Research Coordinator Stacey Wedlake conducted a training on Mobile Information Literacy to 20 librarians in Nakuru, Kenya. The training covered the Mobile Internet, how to safely choose and download apps, how to search and evaluate information on smartphones, and how to access library e-resources on smartphones. Before the training, TASCHA worked with EIFL and the KNLS to update and revise the curriculum for Kenyan libraries. In May, a group of the librarians that attended this training will teach the curriculum to KNLS ICT Officers. The ICT officers will then cascade the training to librarians and users across the country. The March event is the first in an 18-month initiative organized by EIFL and KNLS to increase the professional skills of KNLS staff and librarians.
TASCHA Research Assistant Karah Lothian also attended the event. Karah conducted interviews with training participants and documented training observations. TASCHA will use this data in future research to explore mobile information behavior and needs. TASCHA will publish the revised Mobile Information Curriculum in the coming months.