Monthly Archives: July 2015

Why collaborating in the research sector is mutually beneficial for consortia, publishers and donors

As Research Uptake Manager in the Evidence into Action team at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Ed Barney manages INASP funding on behalf of DFID. In this guest post, he reflects on the recent Publishers for Development conference. I was lucky enough to make it along to the 7th annual Publishers for Development conference (PfD, #pfd2015), which took place in London on Tuesday 30th June. The event brought together a wide range of publishers, library consortia, NGOs, donors and academics into one room to address the question of how publishers can engage with developing countries in a responsible manner. As a relative newbie to work in this area there were a number of things that struck me during the day, which I’ve attempted to summarize below. The morning sessions were used to build a picture of the range of contextual issues that library consortia experience in developing countries. These … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 20 July 2015

Quotes “Al terminar el curso, mi balance del mismo es altamente positivo. Ha sido una gran experiencia de aprendizaje, en muchos sentidos, no sólo en cuanto a la adquisición de conocimientos y habilidades para la escritura de textos científicos. Coincido con los compañeros en que hemos tenido un curso con contenidos valiosos, buenas estrategias de enseñanza-aprendizaje, unas excelentes facilitadoras y una amplia gama de aportaciones interesantísimas dadas por los compañeros de los dos grupos. Por todo ello, ¡muchas gracias!” “After finishing the course, my evaluation of it is highly positive. It was a great learning experience in many ways, not only in terms of acquiring knowledge and skills for writing scientific texts. I agree with colleagues that we have had a course with valuable content, good teaching and learning strategies, great facilitators and a wide range of very interesting contributions given by colleagues in the two groups. Therefore, thank you … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a year of progress for the VakaYiko consortium

As the second VakaYiko Annual Consortium Meeting approaches (it will take place in Ghana from 28-30 July 2015), Consortium Director, Clara Richards, looks back on a year full of change and progress.   I am amazed by how time is going by so quickly. It seems like it was yesterday that we were in Harare, Zimbabwe with the whole VakaYiko consortium, celebrating the first year of the project and having many expectations about the upcoming years of implementation. After having gone through a thorough planning phase we were ready and excited to start making things happen. We were full of questions and intrigue – not only about the VakaYiko project itself but also about how we were going to be working hand-in-hand with five organizations across the world; the VakaYiko project Consortium members are Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Making Network (ZeipNET), the Human Sciences … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 10 July 2015

1. Quotes “For me, the workshop was a very rewarding experience. I am overall pleased with the participants’ learning and progress in this [training of trainers workshop].” Maria Kovacs, Lead Trainer on the recent Network of Trainers workshop in Uganda “The workshop was so wonderful…I enjoyed  the active participation of participants, cooperation among the different groups and the feedback part of it was very fantastic.  Looking forward to applying this in the next trainings.” Lady Mary Kabapagasa of Mountains of the Moon University, part of the CUUL Consortium, who was one of the participants in the Network of Trainers Uganda workshop 2. Updates This week Emily Marlow, a consultant communications specialist, is in Sri Lanka on INASP’s behalf. She is working alongside the country’s National Science Foundation on communication of the Sri Lanka Journals Online platform. The Photo of the month for July 2015 was taken at the recent Publishers … Continue reading

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#inaspPrinciples: Publishers, work with library consortia for a win-win situation

Dr Joel Sam spoke at the recent Publishers for Development conference, where he urged publishers to work more closely with library consortia. Here, he discusses some of INASP’s Principles for Responsible Engagement in the context of Ghana. Access to current and up-to-date information for research scientists used to be an issue in Ghana from the late 1980s to early 2000s. One of the reasons for this was lack of funds within individual research institutes and universities to procure database access. However, since the mid-2000s, these issues have receded as a result of partnerships with international development agencies, such as INASP, which support developing country research scientists with access to current information on a continuous basis. This improvement began largely through INASP’s work on behalf of various consortia in negotiations with publishers. The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) was formed in 2004 to promote and facilitate the … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 3 July 2015

Quotes “Thank you so much INASP for funding the workshop. This was the best workshop I have ever attended. Its very nature kept me involved and interested. This was a delightful professional development that rejuvenated and inspired me.” “The aspect of systems librarianship needs to be familiarized to the university authorities. This kind of event will help to boost up the status and professionalism of librarians”. Participants in the Workshop for Systems Librarians, Bangladesh, May 2015 Updates – The Publishers for Development conference took place in London on 30th June and saw lively discussion about implementing INASP Principles. We will Storify the social media discussions over the coming days. – Some photos from last week’s trainer of librarian trainers workshop in Uganda are on our Facebook page. – In a new blog post, INASP Associate Ravi Murugesan provides an update on uptake of editing services being offered for free by … Continue reading

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