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Helping researchers handle APCs in Serbia

11 hours 38 min ago

EIFL Guest Blogger, EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator in Serbia, Milica Ševkušić, shares ideas for helping Serbian researchers obtain discounts and waivers and for raising researchers’ awareness about Article Processing Charges (APCs).

EIFL’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Tue, 07/04/2020 - 12:26

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our partners globally to help ensure that education and research continue despite disruptions, and that the scientific and health sectors have access to the widest range of trusted resources to support their work while the crisis continues.

EIFL signs open access agreements with publishers

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 15:31

Researchers in EIFL partner countries can now publish their articles in open access with waived or discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs) in 780 journals as a result of agreements signed by EIFL with publishers.

In developing countries, budgets for research are low or non-existent. This makes it difficult for researchers to publish their articles in open access in journals that charge APCs. To support researchers from these countries, EIFL negotiates with publishers for free or discounted APCs. 

COVID-19: Call on WIPO to take a stand

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 19:35

EIFL worked with partner organizations in drafting an open letter to the Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr Francis Gurry, calling on WIPO to ensure that intellectual property (IP) systems are a support, not a hindrance, in global efforts to tackle the coronavirus crisis, and its consequences. The letter was signed initially by more than 140 organizations and individuals in 33 countries. Update 9 April: the letter has been endorsed by over 450 organizations and individuals in 45 countries.

COAR General Assembly

Thu, 26/03/2020 - 21:12

EIFL OA Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma will represent EIFL at the COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) General Assembly 2020, which takes the form of a virtual meeting. EIFL is one of the founding members of COAR, an international association that brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and that acts as a global voice for the repository community. 

New era for copyright in Myanmar

Thu, 26/03/2020 - 19:07

In May 2019, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar adopted a new copyright law, repealing the previous law enacted over a century ago, in 1914. The new law introduces many important changes. For example, the term of protection is extended from life of the author plus 30 years to life plus 50 years and, for the first time, foreign works in Myanmar are copyright-protected.

Webinar: Developments in OA books

Mon, 23/03/2020 - 21:38

We’re inviting librarians, publishers, researchers and students to join this EIFL webinar  about new developments in open book publishing. The guest speaker is Lucy Barnes, editor and outreach coordinator at Open Book Publishers (OBP).

Serbia joins the Marrakesh Treaty

Thu, 19/03/2020 - 14:47

On 24 February 2020, the Republic of Serbia became the 92nd country to join the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities, and the first country in the western Balkans.

The National Library of Serbia (NLS) has been at the forefront in providing library and information services to people in Serbia with print disabilities, and since 2013 has been a strong advocate for accession by Serbia to the Marrakesh Treaty. 

EIFL General Assembly 2020

Thu, 19/03/2020 - 13:50

Representatives of EIFL partner consortia and EIFL staff will travel to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, for the 2020 EIFL General Assembly (GA). The GA is EIFL’s major annual knowledge-sharing and networking event for library professionals in developing and transition economy countries. 

This year’s GA is hosted by the Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library. Established in 1950, the library is located in the heart of Vilnius, in a palace built in the 15th-16th centuries. It is named in honour of the Romantic poet Adomas Mickevičius. 

‘We have librarians as we never knew them before!’

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 17:49

EIFL guest blogger Velenasi Mwale Munsanje, the immediate past president of the Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ), looks back at a two-year partnership with EIFL to build capacity of public librarians in Zambia.

Webinar: CORE free discovery tools for libraries

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 10:23

CORE harvests research papers from data providers from all over the world, including institutional and subject repositories, open access and hybrid journal publishers. Join this EIFL webinar with Nancy Pontika, Open Access Aggregation Officer at CORE, and learn how to use free content discovery tools such as Recommender, providing related content from the whole CORE collection, and Discovery, removing paywalls and providing open access papers. 

ARIPO model copyright law: how does it score?

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 09:05

In October 2019, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) released a new Model Law on Copyright and Related Rights. EIFL reviewed the ARIPO Model Law against EIFL’s ‘Core Library Exceptions Checklist’ that sets out provisions that every copyright law should have to support modern library activities and services.

EIFL renews with Cambridge University Press

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 08:58

EIFL’s renewed agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP), which runs until December 2020, includes free and discounted access to 412 Cambridge University Press Journals for 29 EIFL partner countries.

Consortium des Bibliotheques Academiques du Congo

Fri, 28/02/2020 - 18:07

EIFL, together with  the Consortium des Bibliotheques Academiques du Congo (COBAC) is organizing a consortium building workshop.

The three-day workshop will be facilitated by Youssoupha Gueye and Philoméne Rolland Faye, representatives of the Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS).

EIFL and partners in the news in Myanmar

Tue, 25/02/2020 - 12:35

In the news! EIFL and partners feature in this Myanmar International TV news item about the partnership agreement signing ceremony for the Myanmar Education Research and Learning Portal project (MERAL). 

Programme title: Education Promotion: Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony in Yangon
 
Publication/media outlet: Myanmar International TV (MITV)

Date broadcast: 23 February 2020

EIFL project/programme: EIFL Open Access Programme

EIFL shortlisted for international award

Fri, 21/02/2020 - 14:08

EIFL is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books and other digital publications for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled.

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a public–private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 

Co-designing open access publishing infrastructures

Mon, 17/02/2020 - 12:41

WACREN (the West and Central African Research and Education Network), Coko (the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation) and EIFL invite you to join a one-day LIBSENSE workshop, ‘Co-designing collaborative free and open source open access publishing infrastructures’. 

The workshop, on 17 March, is co-located with the 6th Annual WACREN Conference, which takes place on 19 - 20 March 2020.

Open access in Senegal

Mon, 17/02/2020 - 08:12
BACKGROUND

The EIFL Open Access Programme  began raising awareness about open access (OA) in Senegal in 2010 when, with our partner consortium, COBESS (Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal), we organized the first OA workshop in Dakar. The workshop brought together researchers, students, librarians, ICT staff and legal experts. 

Open access workshops at University of Eldoret

Mon, 17/02/2020 - 06:22

EIFL’s partner library consortium, Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), will host workshops on open access (OA) and institutional repositories for senior management, research managers and administrators, academics and researchers, librarians, and ICT staff at the University of Eldoret. The workshops are supported by EIFL.