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EIFL webinar: Checking e-resources overlap

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:51
Some subscription journals or e-books are available from more than one provider, included in direct publishing packages and packages from aggregators. When libraries consider new e-resources for subscription, it is important to check that the content is not included in e-resources that have already been subscribed to. There will be two webinar presenters. Each will present a tool which can be used to check for overlap between different e-resources packages.

Open access symposium in Uganda

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:43
EIFL and EIFL’s partner library consortium, the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL), will host an open access (OA) symposium in Uganda for academic and research institutions to share experience and progress in relation to OA. EIFL Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma will give a presentation on OA and repository policies. Kuchma will also speak about the role of libraries in contributing to OA publishing.

e-Age 2017 Conference

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:34
EIFL Sudan Country Coordinator Iman Abuelmaaly Abdelrahman will represent EIFL at the e-AGE 2017 conference in Cairo.   The conference, which is organized by the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN), will focus on intercontinental connectivity and how internetworking has contributed to education, science and innovation.

CORE’s value for developing country researchers

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:28
In June 2017, EIFL invited the global open access full text aggregator CORE to take part in an Open Science train-the-trainer course for universities and research institutions in EIFL partner countries. Our guest blogger, Nancy Pontika, CORE Open Access Aggregation Officer, writes about the experience.

Apply now! EIFL Public Library Innovation Award

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:13
We are delighted to announce that the new EIFL Public Library Innovation Award - for public library services that improve lives - is now open for applications. The award is open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries that use digital technology (ICT) to improve lives in their communities by addressing any of the following issues, which are included in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:

Stakeholder dialogue on copyright in Armenia

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:04
On 26-27 October 2017, EIFL participated in two stakeholder meetings organized by the Armenian Intellectual Property Agency (AIPA) to discuss Armenia’s draft copyright law. Professor Kenneth D. Crews, international copyright lawyer and scholar, and Teresa Hackett, EIFL’s Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, took part in roundtable discussions on new provisions in the draft law relating to libraries, education and research.

EIFL signs agreement with Open Book Publishers

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 18:46
EIFL and Open Book Publishers (OBP) have signed an agreement which will provide libraries that are members of library consortia in EIFL partner countries with free membership of the OPB Library Membership Programme for three years. OPB is a non-profit open access book publisher established by academics at the University of Cambridge to publish rigorously peer-reviewed monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

EIFL webinar on DSpace-CRIS

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:33
EIFL webinar: Would you like to learn more about DSpace-CRIS, the free open-source extension of DSpace that has the institutional repository as its core component and also stores and manages data about research conducted at an institution? Join us for this free webinar with Susanna Mornati, Chief Operating Officer at 4Science, and Giorgi Banetishvili, the DSpace-CRIS team member from the National Scientific Library of Georgia. Date : 17 November 2017 Time : 10:00 - 11:00 (GMT)

EIFL eLibrary Myanmar Project

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:27
Jevgenija Ševcova, Databases Manager of the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium and EIFL Programme and Events Coordinator, will conduct training on electronic resource licensing for four librarians from Myanmar who are participating in a fellowship programme at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Ševcova will discuss essential skills of e-librarians, present the main steps of the licensing process and teach fellows about electronic resource access troubleshooting.

How does Malawi’s new copyright law measure up?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:39
An EIFL review of Malawi’s Copyright Act of 2016 has found that although the new law permits a range of library activities such as making copies for research and use of works in virtual learning environments, it places big limits on what libraries can do in practice, misses opportunities to enable digital activities, and restricts the making of accessible format copies. The review assesses the Copyright Act from the library perspective.

EIFL-OpenEdition agreement for journals in French

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:35
OpenEdition is a French open access publisher, run by Cleo, the centre for open electronic publishing. Through the agreement with EIFL, OpenEdition will provide free institutional access to a collection of 160 journals, published by university presses and small academic publishers.

Marrakesh Treaty makes strides in Lesotho

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:43
On 12-13 September 2017, over 50 participants from eight countries met in Lesotho, the high-altitude kingdom in southern Africa, to advance adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. The seminar, titled ‘Ending the book famine in Africa: libraries and the promise of the Marrakesh Treaty’, was organized by EIFL in cooperation with the Lesotho Library Consortium (LELICO) and the Lesotho Registrar General's Office.

EIFL support helps raise profile of OA in Slovenia

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 17:01
EIFL support has contributed to national recognition and support for open access from the main national actors in research and development in Slovenia, and created a sustainable mechanism for organized and systematic dissemination of information about open access in Slovenian. When EIFL began supporting open access (OA) in Slovenia in 2011, information about OA in the country was scattered, and information in the Slovenian language was scarce.

Webinar: e-content use in academic libraries

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:59
EIFL webinar: Aiste Pranckute, Chief Information Manager at the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, will speak about assessing the content needs of faculty, students and researchers, addressing:

Copyright reform in Malawi

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:13
EIFL has been engaged in copyright work in Malawi since 2005. We have built library capacity in copyright issues with our partner, the Malawi Library and Information Consortium (MALICO) . In 2010, we supported MALICO to give input during the drafting of a new bill that aimed to update Malawi’s copyright law of 1989 to take into account technological and legal developments. In September 2016, Malawi adopted a new Copyright Act, which repeals the law of 1989.

The right to read in Lesotho

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:06
To fulfill the promise of the right to read for blind, visually impaired and other print disabled people, EIFL is supporting ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in partner countries, and its implementation into national copyright law.

Copyright reform in Poland

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:39
INTRODUCTION On 20 November 2015, Poland’s new copyright law entered into force bringing library services in Poland into the twenty-first century. The centrepiece for libraries of the new legislation are provisions that enable digitization for socially beneficial purposes, such as education and preservation of cultural heritage. The new law also implements two important European Directives.

EIFL OA workshops in Myanmar

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:26
EIFL will host workshops for open access (OA) working groups and librarians from three Myanmar universities that are adopting OA policies and setting up OA institutional repositories. The three universities - Yangon University of Economics, Yadanabon University and Yezin Agricultural University - will use the opportunity to finalize OA policy documents, ensure the look and feel of the new repositories, and the repository structures, are right, and to upload the first research.

Open Access in Slovenia

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:39
BACKGROUND Until 2011 information on open access (OA) in Slovenian was scattered. Individual OA enthusiasts and supporters were promoting OA and sharing information with academic and research communities, but their efforts were not coordinated.

Marrakesh Treaty in south-east Europe

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:37
Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, will present an overview of three key guides to the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities during a training course organized by the European Blind Union (EBU) on ‘The Importance of the Marrakesh Treaty: Its Ratification and Implementation’. The training course is aimed at EBU members, libraries and national authorities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.