Resource Centre/reference library
Child Health and Development Centre (CHDC) maintains a resource center/library aimed at strengthening the center’s goal as a research and training unit for the University. The collection was initiated as far back as before 1989 then under the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. When the CHDC became autonomous in 1989, the growth of the library was speeded up and has been expanding over the years.
The library has substantial collection of both published and grey literature and has widened its collection not only to include materials on women and children related issues but also on the various research methodologies. It has redefined its collection to include areas of reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, nutrition and child health. The library has an audio-visual materials section with a collection, which includes video tapes and audio tapes. Currently the library has a collection of 6,378 records all entered in the computerized catalogue. Although there is currently no subscription to any journal titles in bound form, the library provides on-line access to Journal to access the current research articles given its 24-hour access to Internet. The only exception is the newspapers where the library has subscribed to the New Vision. Other resources that the library has include papers and personal notes of former researchers, students’ thesis and research reports by CHDC and its affiliates. The Centre also has a researcher database maintained and regularly updated for identifying researchers with relevant skills. The library targets - University students and staff, researchers, policy makers and the general public.
The CHDC maintains excellent computer facilities for managing large databases, up-to-date software for both qualitative and quantitative data management, facilities for training in information Technology skills. All the Centre offices are connected to a local area network, and to Makerere University Intranet and have unlimited access to the internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The CHDC has an excellent support services production unit with facilities for bulk photocopying, in – house printing and binding. The unit caters for all CHDC facilitated studies and its services are open to other researchers and students at subsidized costs.
The Centre has three rooms with a sitting capacity of 30, 15, and 10 people respectively. These rooms are used for staff meeting, training and other scientific meetings.