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Objective 3 Improve cost efficiency through joint procurement and resources sharing African Digital Initiative

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

European Congress on digital libraries
Delegates from more than 27 countries taking part in a September 20–21 meeting in Brussels, Belgium, came to the conclusion that the role of the librarian in Europe will be as a guide to internet resources. The European Congress on E-Inclusion also suggested that public libraries communicate to the public more about the added value they can offer….
From, Sept. 23

Open access and Institutional Repositories

October 18-24, is Open Access Week

Many GAELIC members are using the opportunity to show case the Open Access movement.

EIFL partners and staff will participate in this global event to promote free, immediate, online access to research.  The July/August 2010 issue of EDUCAUSE Review is all about “open” – open content, open courses, open faculty, open technology…anything that’s open is up for analysis in this issue. Read more here >>>

from kept up academic librarian 9 September 2010

Digitization Principles

Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors unanimously voted on July 26 to endorse a set of nine principles (PDF file) to guide vendor/publisher relations in large-scale digitization projects of special collections materials. They advise the ARL member libraries to refrain from signing future agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that do not adhere to the principles. Read more here >>>>…

Association of Research Libraries, Aug. 4

Top 10 sites to debunk internet hoaxes
by Tim Malone Check out the latest hoax, scam, rumor, or urban legend, on one of these sites
From TechRepublic, Aug. 6


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Objective 3 Improve cost efficiency through joint procurement and resources sharing

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Open access and Institutional Repositories

• SciELO SA is growing. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) reported 4 more journal titles are being added to the SciELO SA Open Access platform Read more here>>>
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A collection of Scotland’s most valuable cultural treasures from the Edinburgh library is to go on display to the world on a new Unesco website. Theses include the country’s earliest surviving book and 16th Century maps. Read more here>>>>
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Open Access week
Open Access week October 18-24 everywhere. Join the celebrations here >>>>
Support Open Access Week 2010! join the Open Access South Africa group@
We can make a difference … from Ina Smith
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Report on Open Repository Development in Developing and Transition countries
Study conducted with cooperation together with the University of Kansas Libraries, the DRIVER project and Key Perspectives Ltd. It aims to create an inventory of current digital repository activities in developing and transition countries at both the infrastructure and services level.
Download the report: from EIFL website here and the data here, or from KU ScholarWorks:
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Open Library now lending virtual books
A group of libraries – led by nonprofit digital Internet Archive created a 1-stop websitefor e-books incl. access to more than a million scanned public-domain books & a catalogue of contemporary e-book titles available at many public libraries.

Gary Price of ResourceShelf, June 29 offers some analysis….
Wall Street Journal, June 29; Open Library Blog, June 29;
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Google to scan 400,000 Austrian library books (AFP) – Jun 15, 2010

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Objective 3 Improve cost efficiency through joint procurement and resources sharing

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

Having got the support and approval of the Governing Board members to actively re instate this objective area we will be working hard to establish the specific focus for the team.

Universities in Southern Africa have rallied to support the rebuilding of higher education in Zimbabwe,Read about the call to action by Karen MacGregor (9 May 2010) at the Cape Town Accord

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Objective 3

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

The debate around a tax on books becomes active once again. Read about>>.   “ a tax on books is a tax on learning”

Kenya calls for a policy for Africa:  the Continent Needs Strong ICT Policies Read more>>>>

Another exciting project is under discussion for GAELIC focused on an African digital library initiative. Watch this space.

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Objective 3 Improve cost efficiency through joint procurement and resources sharing

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Cost efficiency issues

Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times is a report based upon data gathered in the UK and internationally during late 2009 by the UK’s RIN (Research Information NetworkDownload the guide or Read the briefing

Results of the survey of the Global survey of the world’s libraries in challenging times:  “The economic downturn and libraries”  by the University College of London December 2009. Read the report>>>

Blurring of the lines? Campus books shops loan out books.  Tim Goral tells us about a rental program is helping to make textbooks more affordable. Read more >>>>>

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