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Sri Lankan library consortium provides electronic scholarly information to the country’s universities and research institutions
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To create a vibrant research culture and raise the ranking of Sri Lankan universities, it is vitally important that the academics and students, especially postgraduates, are provided with unhindered access to scholarly journals in their respective fields. The Sri Lankan Library Consortium (CONSAL), supported by INASP, has been a vital tool in providing electronic scholarly information to universities and research institutions in Sri Lanka, and its journey is one to be proud of.

Sharanya Sekaram interviewed the Coordinator of CONSAL Pradeepa Wijetunga to find out more. Continue reading

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What are publishers doing about global divides?
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One of the speakers at next week’s Publishers for Development conference, Janet Remmington, gives a personal account of some of the work of the scholarly publisher Taylor & Francis towards addressing information needs in the global South.

Our world is more connected than ever, and yet it is not. In our information age, publications and data abound, but we see global unevenness in the creation, availability, and application of knowledge resources. Open Access is importantly part of the picture, yet it is still evolving and does not come without its own challenges. Also, the very role of evidence-based findings and critical debate for addressing the problems and opportunities of our world is under threat. In the reality of our mixed economy, what are publishers doing to address information needs of the global South? In what follows, is a brief personal account of some of the work of Taylor & Francis. Continue reading

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Maximizing development impact through the new Global Challenges Research Fund
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On 28 June INASP is organizing a seminar dedicated to exploring how UK universities can maximize their development impact through the new Global Challenges Research Fund. Jon Harle explains why. Continue reading

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Strengthening leadership in libraries by learning from emerging future
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Kemal Shaheen discusses how learning to reflect and adapt opens up new possibilities. He shares how this approach is making a difference to the strength and sustainability of Southern library networks. Continue reading

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Enabling access to research in public institutions: emerging insights
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Addressing lack of access to e-resources in public institutions brings together two streams of focus at INASP: using research and knowledge for national development and sharing and communicating research knowledge. Continue reading

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Overcoming challenges to research access in Sri Lanka
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Vasanthi Thevanesam is Emeritus Professor at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. In the context of her own research on infectious diseases, she explains why access to the latest research is so vital for academics and clinicians in developing countries.

Large chunks of the population in many tropical countries, like Sri Lanka, are exposed to a number of infectious diseases rarely encountered in more developed countries. In order to reduce the incidence of such diseases, we need to monitor them accurately. This is a challenge, because there is currently very little accurate and reliable information about many of these infections at the local level in Sri Lanka.
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