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Congratulations to EIFL Innovation Award winners

Thu, 13/01/2022 - 14:58

Early in 2020, COVID-19 forced schools across the world to close, with devastating education losses for billions of children. During the lockdowns, libraries made a vital contribution to education recovery by providing access to digital skills training and infrastructure, and learning resources. We are delighted to name three winners of the 15th EIFL Public Library Innovation Award, for Public libraries supporting education recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to –

Education recovery during COVID-19: Innovation Award

Thu, 13/01/2022 - 10:37

When COVID-19 forced schools in Bangladesh to close in March 2020, Jannat, aged 11, had to go to work in a garment factory to help supplement the family income. She feared her education had ended forever. Hope came in the form of a tiny three-wheeled mobile library loaded with books and offering a free internet connection. Jannat began borrowing books, has restarted her learning, and now she is determined to go back to school one day.

Education recovery during COVID-19: Innovation Award

Thu, 13/01/2022 - 10:20

Kenyan schools closed abruptly in March 2020, disrupting education for over 17 million children. Government guidance was to move teaching online, and before COVID-19 struck, the government had made efforts to equip schools with computers and to support the use of digital technology in education. 

Education recovery during COVID-19: Innovation Award

Thu, 13/01/2022 - 09:58

Uganda’s COVID-19 schools shutdown was the longest in the world, lasting just under two years, from 18 March 2020 to 10 January 2022, severely disrupting the education of over 10 million children. 

In Nakaseke, a rural district in Uganda’s Central region, 36 schools were closed. Many children from farming communities attend boarding schools and these children were sent home to their villages, cut off from their teachers and fellow students. Parents and children appealed to Nakaseke Public Library for help. 

Diamond OA to Research Publications

Wed, 12/01/2022 - 18:19

Following the publication of the landmark ‘Open Access Diamond Journals Study’ in March 2021, Science Europe, in collaboration with cOAlition S, OPERAS and the French National Research Agency (ANR), is organizing a workshop to discuss best practices and to further develop the central elements of Diamond (collaborative, non-commercial) Open Access, namely, efficiency, quality standards, capacity building, and sustainability.

Paris Open Science European Conference

Thu, 23/12/2021 - 13:46

EIFL will attend this international conference to address topics within the framework of the transformation of the research and innovation ecosystem in Europe. Particular attention will be given to transparency in health research, research assessment reform, the future of academic publishing, and software.

Workshop to design EOSC training programme

Thu, 23/12/2021 - 13:36

Institutions – universities, research organizations and institutes, national laboratories, libraries, data initiatives and data stewards - join this brainstorming workshop and co-create a practical ‘how to’ EOSC training programme for institutions. 

Eko-Konnect Users Conference 2022

Thu, 23/12/2021 - 13:12

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will speak at the Eko-Konnect Users Conference 2022, on open science in Nigeria. The conference is themed Open Science for National Development.

Workshop for Ugandan public librarians

Wed, 22/12/2021 - 17:58

Librarians from 25 public and community libraries participating in the ‘Digital skills @ your local library project’ will take part in a workshop in which they will learn about e-services for youth and women and how to conduct mobile literacy training for youth and women.

Webinar on Fair Dealing in Kenya

Wed, 22/12/2021 - 14:21

EIFL, and our partner consortia in Kenya, are proud to partner with the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) for a webinar on fair dealing and other copyright exceptions in Kenya.

Raising standards for CMOs

Tue, 21/12/2021 - 15:10

In September 2021, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a new version of its Good Practice Toolkit for Collective Management Organizations (CMO Toolkit). The new edition reflects submissions from WIPO Member States and other stakeholders, including EIFL, during a consultation process in 2021.

EIFL checklist for using OJS in journal publishing

Wed, 15/12/2021 - 20:37

We have updated and revised the EIFL checklist of good practices in using the free and open software Open Journal System (OJS) for journal editing and publishing. OJS is the most widely used publishing software in EIFL partner countries.

The checklist, by Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the EIFL Open Access Programme, takes forward a key goal of EIFL - to ensure the growth and sustainability of digital repositories and journal publishing platforms. 

Lifting barriers to COVID-19 research - will the WTO act?

Wed, 15/12/2021 - 13:14

Teresa Hackett, EIFL’s Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, outlines the importance of access to research in managing the spread of COVID-19 in the context of stalled talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on a waiver of Intellectual Property (IP) rights.

EIFL partner in Ghana wins UN Public Service Award

Tue, 14/12/2021 - 19:04

Congratulations to our long standing partner, the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA), for winning the prestigious 2021 UN Public Service Award in the category, Fostering innovation to deliver inclusive and equitable services for all through digital transformation. 

The GhLA won the award for their Hands-on Mobile ICT Classes Project, in which mobile libraries take solar-powered laptop computers and modem internet connections to the most remote and rural areas of Ghana, and conduct technology classes in communities that have no, or very limited, access to ICT.

EIFL Checklist for DSpace Repositories updated!

Tue, 14/12/2021 - 12:34

We have updated and revised How To Make Your OA Repository Work Really Well, the EIFL checklist that repository managers and administrators, librarians and others can use to improve institutional open access (OA) repositories that use DSpace free and open source software.

DSpace is the most commonly used repository software in EIFL partner countries.

EIFL extends agreement for Credo Reference

Mon, 13/12/2021 - 14:17

EIFL has signed a three-year renewal agreement with Infobase for Credo Reference, an online reference database with authoritative content from over 750 e-book titles, covering major topics in the arts, humanities and sciences.

The agreement, which runs until 2024, is available to library consortia and libraries in 36 EIFL partner countries.

COBESS General Assembly

Fri, 10/12/2021 - 13:35

The theme of this year’s General Assembly of EIFL’s partner library consortium in Senegal - Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS) - is ‘Institutional repositories - openness, sharing and impact of research results - COBESS leading the way’. It will be held in tribute to late Abdoul Aziz Hanne, COBESS treasurer and Director of the Central library, Université Iba Der THIAM de Thiès, who died in December 2020 and who was one of the leaders of the institutional repositories movement in Senegal. 

Research & innovation day in Ukraine

Fri, 10/12/2021 - 11:32

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine will host a Research and innovation day that will include sessions on European Research Area integration, research infrastructures development, open science implementation, open innovations and L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science. 

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will speak at the panel discussion on implementing open science in Ukraine. 

EIFL renews EBSCO e-books agreement

Tue, 07/12/2021 - 17:23

EIFL has signed a renewal agreement with EBSCO Information Services for the EBSCO eBook Academic Subscription Collection.

e-AGE21

Mon, 06/12/2021 - 20:01

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will speak at the e-AGE21 conference, which is hosted by the Association of Arab Universities and ASREN (the Arab States Research and Education Network). The conference is themed ‘e-Infrastructure for Science and Beyond’.