Library School Students and Director Head to Africa

The African Conservation Fund selected four students from the UA School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) to join 28 East African students to study information resource needs for land use, biodiversity and climate change in Kenya.

The intensive training program was held from September 20-30 in a computer lab on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. The students, Geoffrey D'Alosio, Ed McCain, Molly Stothert-Maurer and Danielle Walker, received hands-on experience in digital collections management, geocoding, geographic information system, ecological niche modeling and other topics. Parts of the training were provided by Bryan Heidorn, the director of SIRLS.

Students visited museum digitization projects and conservation information system projects at the National Museum of Kenya and at the African Conservation Center (ACC). Two students also attended Kenya's international conference on biodiversity, land use and climate change.

Heidorn gave a keynote address on "Biodiversity Informatics and the Future of Science" to an audience of more than 300 from government ministries, universities and NGOs.