It brings sense to a vast world of sometimes confusing information resources and tools
Tell us something about yourself... what is your background and role in the organization you are working for?
My background is in communication for development, working with small organizations - radio stations and libraries - that disseminate information and encourage community participation in content. Currently, I work for EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) doing communication for the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP).
How did you get in contact with AIMS?
My director, Ms Rima Kupryte, pointed me to AIMS as a rich resource for public libraries in developing and transition countries working in the field of agriculture.
What is your opinion on AIMS?
I like it - sometimes the information is a bit dense, but that is perhaps because I am not a specialist in its core topics (agricultural, scientific). I like the diversity of information - news, announcements, papers. It is a good knowledge-sharing vehicle. Sometimes, though, it is hard to keep up with the flow of information! It is a great opportunity for others wanting to communicate (like EIFL-PLIP).
According to you, what is the most important benefit that AIMS provides to the agricultural information management community?
Information and ideas for small organizations, connection to a broader community. It brings sense to a vast world of sometimes confusing information resources and tools.
How do you think that information management standards can contribute to agricultural research for development?
I would not be an expert in this - but many of the libraries we work with speak about a desperate need for local information - information that farmers who are marginalized by factors like poverty, distance, lack of technology, language and many others, can trust. This means - straightforward language, focused on local issues, communicated in local languages. Communicating in this way would encourage feedback about the issues farmers face, and their information needs.