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Opening up climate and biodiversity research

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 17:19

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, introduces and discusses a new project that will promote open access to climate and biodiversity research.

EIFL, CUP renew access & publishing agreement

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 17:03

EIFL has renewed its agreement with Cambridge University Press for access to and publishing in open access in Cambridge University Press journals for a further year, until December 2022.

Free read access

Through the agreement, libraries in 11 EIFL countries can get free access to the Cambridge University Press Journals Collection of 406 titles:

Congo, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Senegal, Sudan

Discounted read access

Advanced E-library skills for Laos faculty

Tue, 02/11/2021 - 17:05

EIFL staff member, Jevgenija Sevcova, will provide advanced E-library training for teachers in the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the National University of Laos.

Practical E-library skills for Laos faculty

Tue, 02/11/2021 - 17:01

EIFL staff member, Jevgenija Sevcova, will provide practical skills training in the use of the E-library for teachers in the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the National University of Laos.

E-library training for Laos faculty

Tue, 02/11/2021 - 16:57

EIFL staff member, Jevgenija Sevcova, will train teachers in the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the National University of Laos in the use of the E-library.

EIFL signs new agreement with OpenAthens

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 16:22

EIFL has signed a new agreement with OpenAthens for discounted subscription rates for OpenAthens Lite. OpenAthens is an identity and access management solution that provides remote access to e-resources for users through single-sign on. OpenAthens Lite is a simpler version of the standard OpenAthens.

The agreement between EIFL and OpenAthens runs until December 2023 and is open to libraries in 37 EIFL partner countries:

EIFL-PLIP T-break: Impact of ICT services in public libraries during the pandemic

Wed, 27/10/2021 - 13:01

Public librarians who have completed training-of-trainers programmes organized by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) and partners in Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia are invited to attend this informal knowledge sharing event - a ‘T-break’, where T stands for trainers - on the topic, ‘The impact of ICT services in public libraries during the pandemic'.

General Assembly 2021

Tue, 26/10/2021 - 18:50

The 2021 EIFL General Assembly (GA) took place online, from 20 - 21 October. This is the second year that the GA, normally an in-person event hosted by an EIFL partner country, has taken place online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

EIFL supports training in the EOSC Future project

Tue, 26/10/2021 - 17:52

EIFL is working with OpenAIRE and other EOSC Future project partners to develop and provide a skills and training programme for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Low key WIPO Assemblies 2021

Sun, 24/10/2021 - 11:30

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, reports on the annual WIPO Assemblies (4-8 October 2021), where she delivered online statements on behalf of EIFL on two key topics for libraries: copyright limitations and exceptions, and the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities.

Open Access and Books – Emerging New Models and the Global South

Fri, 22/10/2021 - 19:37

Webinar on open access books, which are hot on the agenda around the world. Funding agencies across Europe and the Americas are applying open access mandates and publishers are seeking new models that avoid Book Processing Charges. 

However, what is being done to address the systemic barriers to access along geopolitical lines? How can open access to books be a truly ‘open’ endeavour that does not simply replicate existing inequalities? How does the Global South fit into this?  

Copyright & Licensing: Challenges for Libraries

Thu, 21/10/2021 - 17:56

EIFL and IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) are co-organizing a session on key challenges for libraries concerning copyright and licensing during the 2021 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (GCIP) that takes place online from 25th to 29th October 2021.

The session is on the GCIP ‘main stage’, and will focus especially on issues that have emerged or that have gained a new urgency as a result of the COVID pandemic.

TRIPS extension on LDCs: why not go the whole way?

Thu, 21/10/2021 - 11:49

In this IDN-InDepthNews opinion piece, Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, discusses the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) decision on extending the transition period by which Least Developed Countries (LDCs) must apply WTO rules on intellectual property. The article argues that the decision is welcome, but that the WTO must go further and extend the transition period for LDCs as long as a country remains an LDC, and for an additional period of 12 years after a country graduates to developing country status.

National seminar on implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty

Wed, 20/10/2021 - 18:29

EIFL will participate in a seminar on national implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Center of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Belarus, in cooperation with the National Library of Belarus.

The seminar will cover legal aspects of the Marrakesh Treaty, international exchange of accessible format materials, and challenges for libraries in Belarus in providing information services to persons who are blind and visually impaired.

Quiet but sure copyright reform in Nigeria?

Wed, 20/10/2021 - 16:17

EIFL’s comments on Nigeria’s Copyright Bill 2021 (Executive Bill) were presented at a joint public hearing organized by the Nigerian Senate on two copyright amendment Bills tabled before it. Desmond Oriakhogba, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and Lecturer, Law Faculty, University of Benin, presented EIFL’s comments, as well as comments by the Programme on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). Afterwards, Desmond Oriakhogba blogged about the hearing, how it went and the next steps in the legal reform process.

Copyright issues and African Libraries

Wed, 13/10/2021 - 15:19

Join this series of seven webinars to help African librarians and other information workers to understand copyright and how advocacy for copyright reform can be heightened and sustained for positive outcomes. The webinars are organized by AfLIA (the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions).

EIFL webinar: Scite product demo for researchers and librarians

Wed, 13/10/2021 - 14:27

EIFL has negotiated free and discounted access to scite, a platform that helps researchers better discover and evaluate scientific articles through Smart Citations. Scite co-founder and CEO Josh Nicholson will discuss different scenarios to show how scite can be used by researchers to improve their papers and help with research literature, and how librarians can use scite for analytical purposes. 

Open Access in Kenya

Tue, 12/10/2021 - 18:45

EIFL began advocating for open access in Kenya in 2010 when, with our partner, the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), we organized the first-ever open access workshop in the country, at the University of Nairobi. 

Cycle of conversations on copyright and the international agenda

Mon, 11/10/2021 - 12:51

EIFL will give a presentation at a high-level international forum, ‘Cycle of conversations on copyright and the international agenda’, to address current copyright challenges in relation to cultural, social and educational rights.