Elsie Okobi, Ed.D.

Elsie Okobi, Ed.D.

Email: okobie1@southernct.edu
Phone: 203.392.5709

B.S., University of Ibadan; M.L.S., M.S.I.S., University of Pittsburgh; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University


Professional Experience

2005 - Consultant  - Universal Basic Education Council/ Federal Ministry of Education. Republic of Nigeria .School Media Project - World Bank Funded project

2001 - 2002 - Consultant World Health Organization/ Tropical Diseases Research.Involved in development of Training Materials for Health InterNetwork Access to Research  Initiative (HINARI). "Created to bridge digital divide in health, ensuring that relevant information and the technologies to deliver it are widely available and effectively used by health personnel, researchers and policy makers." Presented Train the trainer workshops.  Tropical Diseases Research (TDR). Dar es Salaam, Tanzania July 1- 5 ,2002.

2002. Consultant Rivers State of Nigeria, Library Board; Project: Revitalization of public Libraries in Port- Harcourt Automation project and Internet training for staff.



March 2005.   Facilitator.  Symposium on  Health and Medical librarianship education . In collaboration with Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians. Southern Connecticut State University.

July 1- 5 2002  Train the trainer Workshop for HINARI Initiative, National Institute for Medical Research, (NIMR) Dar-s-Salaam, Tanzania. Development and pilot  testing of the training materials.

October 20 - 30, 2001 - Hamden Public Schools Conversations on Education,

June 10th 2001 - Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX
" Attracting those with Scientific/ Technical Backgrounds into Librarianship": Co presented with education division. I was recognized for this presentation. (See appendix at the end of this section) Convener and Planner Diverse Issues Caucus.

June 9, 2001 -  SLA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Convener Diverse Issues Caucus.
Co presented with a student, Steve Bernstein, Connecticut Distance Library Consortium, New Britain, CT.

March 11 & 12, 2000 - " Internet Resources for Health Professionals" African Telemedicine Conference, University Of Nigeria School of Medicine, Nsukka, Nigeria, Sponsored by Ohio State University, Department of Public Health.

June 2nd, 2000 - The Global Village and the Internet" Center for African Studies. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

June 6-11 1999 - " Financial Information Sources for Third World Business Entrepreneurs" Co presenter Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis MN

June, 10th 1999  - New entrepreneurs and expanding minority Markets. Resources for developing countries" Co - Presenter. Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis MN

April 10 - 11 1998 - "Impact/ Non Impact of Internet/WWW technology in Sub Saharan Africa with Special Reference to women in technology and development."  Presented at 1st International Conference on Women in Technology and Development. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  

October 21 1997 - "Virtual Libraries In Sub Saharan Africa - A mirage or Reality"- Presented at the Association of Third World Studies Conference, Hartford CT.

March 1996 - " Information Technology in Sub Saharan Africa".   4th. Annual Conference on International Education, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain CT.


Honors and Awards

Diversity Leadership Development Award,  Special Libraries Association, 1999.

Professional Memberships


Service to the Profession

Past President - Connecticut Valley Chapter, Special Libraries Association.

Past President - Connecticut Valley Chapter, Special Libraries Association.
Member Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee - Connecticut Library Association
Special Libraries Association, Member Student and Academic Relations Committee(SARC)
Member Advisory Council on Library Planning and Development Task Force on Library Services to Older Adults. Connecticut State Library.

Other Professional Interests

 Trainer in Information and Computer Literacy
Gender and Technology
Capacity building in electronic Communication - Non Government Organizations


"Remote Access to Information Sources at Buley Library." Parts 1 & 11, Workshop Series, Student Support Services.

Career and Job Hunting Resources on the Internet - Women's Studies Program, May 2, 1998.


Information Literacy; Bibliographic Instruction