Monthly Archives: August 2015

Training supports libraries to monitor use of e-resources
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Veronika Schaeffler discusses the importance for research and development of monitoring and evaluation of e-resources for library consortia and reflects on a recent workshop in Sri Lanka Through my work at INASP I have learned that a wider availability of digital material constitutes a huge step forward in enabling the work of researchers, lecturers and decision makers in developing countries. Libraries that INASP work with in Asia, Africa and Latin America have access to up to 50,000 online journals and 20,000 e-books through our access and availability programme. They also have over 45,000 titles via Research4Life and other schemes. But availability is not enough, as there are diverse challenges for researchers and other users to access the resources. Librarians must be responsible for offering easy access to publications, and they must have means to assess accessibility. Informed decision and policy making relies on access to knowledge and research, which starts … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 10 August 2015
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Quotes “We enjoyed the training-the-trainers workshop at Thai Nguyen University hosted by Ravi Murugesan from INASP. We like the ways the workshop was conducted. In a friendly workshop atmosphere, all participants cooperated and are eager to adapt what they have learned to their future workshop activities.” Khoa Mai Anh, co-facilitator, Training-the-trainer workshop, Vietnam ** “Our VakaYiko annual meeting in Accra last week was a great opportunity to strengthen our relationship as a Consortium and discuss our work going into the third and final year of the programme. We shared our learning and reflections from our work on evidence informed policymaking in three countries, as well as visited our partners at the Civil Service Training Centre.” Emily Hayter, Programme Manager, Evidence Informed Policy Making Updates Last week Ravi and Annelise were in Vietnam doing an AuthorAID train-the-trainers workshop in Thai Nguyen. See the hashtag #inaspVN for more information. From 10th to 11th August managers of the … Continue reading

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Understanding the country context: why it is important
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Abdullah Shams Bin Tariq from Bangladesh urges publishers to take advice from organizations such as INASP in understanding country context and to follow #inaspPrinciples When INASP wrote its Principles of Responsible Engagement for publishers working with developing countries, as the first principle, it urged publishers to make an effort to understand country contexts. Publishers generally have a price-list and licence that applies across all or most developed countries. It is therefore perhaps natural for them to ask: Why should one insist on considering individual country contexts for developing countries? And, if it is to be considered – how can it be done with so many countries? In developed countries, standards exist and institutions have the ability to conform. The libraries will have a budget and may or may not purchase, depending on competing needs and available budget. On the other hand, in developing countries, apart from a handful of institutions … Continue reading

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Building capacity of Africa’s library consortia
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Jon Harle reports on the recent library consortia meeting in Addis Ababa about building strong foundations for research to deliver African Union’s ‘Agenda 2063’ Last week’s workshop in Ethiopia wasn’t about libraries. It was about taking a vision of research and higher education – a vision of enabling development, tackling critical problems, improving the delivery of basic and much-needed services, preparing Africa for a changing world – and pulling that down to the detail of skills, of organizational processes and structures, of defining and addressing priorities through the incremental, day-to-day steps through which capacity is developed, services improved and progress made. One of my frustrations after the Senegal African Higher Education Summit in March was that we weren’t discussing the ‘how’ – and realising these ambitions for research and higher education will depend on taking high-level goals and translating them to real and sustained improvements in myriad areas, so that … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka’s scholarship reaches wider audience with communications support
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INASP’s Emily Marlow recently spent a week in Sri Lanka working with the country’s National Science Foundation to improve its communications strategy for Sri Lanka Journals Online (SLJOL), the INASP-established platform for Sri Lankan research. She reflects on her trip’s goals and successes. As a communications specialist, the objective of my visit to Sri Lanka was to work with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to look at key ways to publicise SLJOL both within Sri Lanka and internationally, and to support the development of a strategic communications plan with a focus on the platform. Since its beginning in 2008, SLJOL has grown substantially and now has 60 journals and up to 18,000 views per month. The site was originally managed by INASP but a phased handover to NSF began in 2013 and is due to be completed by the end of 2015. As part of this handover, SLJOL is now … Continue reading

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