Information services and products for phytomedicine and ethno-veterinary medicine: supporting new research niche areas in Africa

Coetsee, Tertia and Nel, Marguerite (2009). Information services and products for phytomedicine and ethno-veterinary medicine: supporting new research niche areas in Africa. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-13). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Coetsee, Tertia
Nel, Marguerite
Title of paper Information services and products for phytomedicine and ethno-veterinary medicine: supporting new research niche areas in Africa
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 13
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Early in 2006 a new four year faculty plan was developed for the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. The emphasis was on postgraduate training, stimulating research on unique problems and the development of national and international relationships. Five “National Research Foundation Developed Research Niche Areas” were identified of which "Phytomedicine and ethno-veterinary medicine" was one.

This programme focuses on the development of extracts from South African plants with antimicrobial or anti-parasitic activity for use in animal production.

This paper will focus on the role of the Veterinary Science Library of the University of Pretoria to promote information services to support research in this discipline. It will illustrate how the information specialist can become closely aligned with the faculty department, to support education innovation and research excellence.

In order to provide resources for current research in phytomedicine and ethno-veterinary medicine, the information collection of the Library was evaluated against other national and international university libraries’ collections.

As many of the postgraduate students are situated off campus, often outside South Africa, the focus is on electronic information products and services for easier retrieval of information, group interaction, information sharing and collaboration and the digital preservation of intellectual products of the Phytomedicine Programme. A webpage and a digitized slide collection with optimum accessibility provided by metadata, are part of information support.

The important role of the information specialist in ensuring the development of relevant information services and products to support research in a new and dynamic subject field, with significance for Africa, is illustrated.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Keyword Phytomedicine
Ethno-veterinary medicine
University of Pretoria
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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