Challenges and threats in building a virtual network for scientific update and remote training in an Italian public Health Board


Gradito, P; Romolaccio, M. ; Sarrecchia, E.; Di Giampietro, S.;Signoretti, G.; Colantonio, M.; Piras A.; DI Egidio, A.; Bozzano, A.


Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e della Toscana M. Aleandri (IZSLT)



The present work shows how the Library and the Training Office of an Italian public health body – Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e della Toscana M. Aleandri – is implementing a virtual network to supply scientific update, information and remote training to the staff, such as researchers, chemists, veterinarians, biomedical laboratory technicians as wella s administrative staff.

The activities are being carried out in three areas concurrently:

1) Working at home: building and maintaining a team able to operate remotely;

2) Remote library activities: remote front office services such as document delivery, information retrieval and bibliographic research; language editing and support to scientific production assisting researchers in debunking predatory publishers, revise and publish scientific works; alerting on updated scientific readings and launching new resources trials;

3) Distance learning through:

  • Webinars designed and organized by our team focusing on different topics and subjects;
  • Virtual classes set up on different subjects relating to the work areas of our Institute – animal health; food safety; diagnostic biotechnology; public health, and others – where the participants can find and download scientific papers, videos, monographs in a structured order, and a final test can eventually be taken;
  • Suggestions for e-learning courses and webinars issued and organized by other institute and companies to the staff of our Institute.

Methods: problem solving and digital solidarity; experiencing new platforms, new digital tools and instruments for legal scientific information sharing and study

Results: data showing the impact of the initiatives undertaken as to:

  • Building of an efficient team to be motivated and enthusiastic about brand new activities;
  • Achieving high participation and satisfaction of the staff concerning knowledge update as well as distance learning activities.


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