Tahur Ahmed completes all of Research4Life programs as the first library professional in Bangladesh

Apu, Dhaka

Tahur Ahmed

Tahur Ahmed

Mr. Tahur Ahmed, Assistant Librarian, East West University has successfully completed the “Research4Life Massive Open Online Course” (HINARI, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI) from 11 November 2019 to 15 December 2019 and got Certificate of Achievement. The program was funded by the Elsevier Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). The course was developed for librarians, information professionals, IT specialists, researchers, academics, lecturers, educators, students and professionals, such as doctors, policymakers, lawyers, social workers and statisticians.

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHOFAOUNEPWIPOILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and up to 180 international publishers. Research4Life is providing researchers at more than 9,000 institutions in more than 120 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up 104,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied sciences and legal information.

The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scholarly, professional and research information.

The course covers five modules which are:

Module 1: Scholarly communication and Research4Life: This module provides an overview of scholarly communication, the publishing landscape, key concepts about Research4Life including the details about the partnership, programs coverage, eligibility criteria, and registration. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 1.1: Scientific landscape
  • Lesson 1.2: Research assessment and bibliometrics
  • Lesson 1.3: Research4Life

Module 2: Discovery and re-use of scholarly literature: This module covers key concepts of information literacy skills and competencies, including academic ethics, licensing and academic collaboration tools. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 2.1: Identifying information sources
  • Lesson 2.2: Using information resources
  • Lesson 2.3: Intellectual property and copyright – Ethics and plagiarism
  • Lesson 2.4: Citing, reference management and collaboration tools

Module 3: Discipline-specific browsing and searching: This module describes the five Research4Life programs (Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI, GOALI) in detail, including how to conduct discipline specific search, an introduction to Summon to search across programmes and the bibliometric analysis tools: Scopus and Dimensions, which are provided within Research4Life. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 3.1: Hinari: Research in Health
  • Lesson 3.3: OARE: Research in the Environment
  • Lesson 3.4: ARDI: Research for Development and Innovation
  • Lesson 3.5: GOALI: Research for Global Justice
  • Lesson 3.6: Search across Research4Life programs
  • Lesson 3.7: Citation databases

Module 4: Additional discipline-specific resources: This module focuses on additional discipline-specific resources and services in the five main disciplines of the Research4Life programs. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 4.1: Health
  • Lesson 4.2: Agriculture, forestry, fisheries, climate, food security, related biological and environmental sciences
  • Lesson 4.3: Environment
  • Lesson 4.4. Development and innovation
  • Lesson 4.5. Global justice
  • Lesson 4.6. Interdisciplinary resources

Module 5: Advocate on Research4Life and Facilitate Capacity Development: This module teaches you how to design advocacy strategies to address decision-makers and upper management. It also guides you on how to train local groups on how to use Research4Life. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 5.1: Research4Life Advocacy Toolkit
  • Lesson 5.2: Training Your Audience on How to Use Research4Life

Earlier Mr Tahur Ahmed completed Scopus Certified Librarian program and Research writing in the Social Science programs.