UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 272-2311


July 11, 2013

By April 7th, HSLIC is hoping to collect 300 to 500 health sciences books published in the past 5 to 15 years to send to the Malawi College of Health Sciences in Blantyre, Malawi. We also need to collect $1,500 to cover shipping costs.

HSLIC faculty members Laura Hall and Karen McElfresh are organizing this book drive for the college in Malawi. They are partnering with Patricia Repar, who is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Music and Internal Medicine and the director of the Arts-in-Medicine Program at UNM Hospitals and the African Library Project. For the past 10 years, Dr. Repar has been working with health care workers and artists in Sub-Saharan Africa to further develop and expand the role of arts in healing and health care.

The Malawi College of Health Sciences serves more than 700 students, as well as health care professionals from the neighboring Queens Hospital. The library currently has only 800 books, most of which are outdated or in poor condition. This means that students and providers do not have access to current information, which diminishes health care quality in Malawi.

The Malawi College relies on student fees to meet operational costs, with minimal subvention from the central government. However, these funding sources are insufficient for purchasing textbooks, so the library relies on donations alone. A Senior Assistant Librarian is in charge of the library in Blantyre, and a Head Librarian is based in Lilongwe.

Please review our guidelines for more information about the drive, including the types of books we want to collect.

The African Library Project, which was founded in 2005, is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in Africa. By donating books to the Malawi College of Health Sciences, we can make a profound difference to the students and health care professionals who rely on the library for their information needs.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Karen McElfresh or Laura Hall.