This afternoon I picked up the visas that will allow Helen and me to travel to Ibadan, Nigeria. We leave Saturday night, and return July 6 (just in time for Helen's birthday on July 7). Obtaining the visas was somewhat stressful; we'd planned to have them last week, but it turned out that we needed to supply additional documentation. Thankfully that's not a concern anymore.
We will be in Ibadan as instructors for the E-Library Training Initiative sponsored by Elsevier, through a grant to the Medical Library Association Librarians without Borders program. HINARI (which provides free or low-cost journals to libraries in developing regions) will be the focus of the workshops. But we will also discuss evidence-based medicine (including analyzing whether EBM is relevant to the developing world) and open access publishing.
Lenny Rhine is the lead instructor for these workshops; he has conducted them many times, but this is a first for me and Helen. Lenny's starting to receive positive press for his most recent training efforts, which took him to Vietnam in March.
This will be an amazing experience for both of us. I will blog about it as I am able from Ibadan, and in any case can upload postings to the blog after we return. And we'll take lots of pictures and share them on Flickr. Stay tuned!