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This week is Open Access Week 2015 and the theme is ‘Open for Collaboration’. INASP, in collaboration with UNESCO, is hosting a competition for 10 successful applicants with grants to support Open Access-related events. Activities will showcase what universities and research institutions within developing and emerging countries are planning and doing. Supported activities in 2015 include the training of rural health workers in Tanzania, events supporting the ‘Reach of Research’ in Nepal and the launch of an institutional repository, along with an open access conference in Cuba. At INASP we will put focus on the week, and on our competition winners, by posting daily challenges and questions around Open Access. All our partners are encouraged to get involved on social media and the Open Access Week website. We hope to share ideas, information and stories from around the world. If you do not already, follow INASP on Twitter @INASPinfo, tag … Continue reading
Slogans, social media and competition drive students into libraries for innovative winners of 2014 E-Resource Promotion grants
Since 2011, INASP has offered several small grants of up to $500 to libraries and consortia to assist them in promoting their online journals and books – or e-resources. In the 2014 cycle, librarians and library staff at universities in INASP partner countries came up with creative and imaginative ways to reach out to students, reaching over 7600 people through their activities. Some applicant institutions were finding that, while they had a high-quality and wide-ranging collection of e-resources, many students simply weren’t using them. At the Mwenge University College of Education (MWUCE) in Tanzania, a survey found that 38% of students had no awareness of e-resources. In most cases this was because they were not equipped with the skills or knowledge to be comfortable in accessing the resources. At Kenya’s United States International University (USUI) Library staff suspected that students found the library environment a ‘mystifying’ place, with e-resources the … Continue reading
From 22-28 October, libraries throughout the world will be taking part in Open Access Week (OAW) activities. This week, we will feature a number of posts focused around this event. For the most part, these will be taken from the winners of the 2012 INASP/UNESCO OAW Competition. This is the third year the competition has run, providing institutions in developing countries small grants to supplement their Open Access (OA) activities. Over the years we have received a wide variety of proposals and this year was no different. Some of the applications have focused on raising awareness of OA sources, others on the value of contributing to OA repositories, but all have the potential to make a significant difference to their community and indicate institutional commitment to sustainability.