Journal availability in African universities is high – but accessing them is still problematic Report from the Association of Commonwealth Universities: Jonathan Harle. Growing Knowledge: access to research in east and Southern Africa. September 2010
I’m glad that a librarian’s role in training and promoting use of all these facilities is highlighted along with problems of connectivity and equipment.
Quote from the press release seen at: http://www.partnershipsinhealthinformation.org.uk/news/recent-report-published-highlights-journal
“Although researchers in sub-Saharan Africa commonly highlight poor journal access as a serious hindrance to their academic work, the problem of availability – the provision of affordable or free journals and other resources in online form – has been widely and successfully addressed over several years.
The study shows that usage of these journals amongst staff and students remains low, however, due to difficulties in accessing these – both in terms of technology and individual skills. Comparatively low levels of research activity, insufficient ICT resources, and a lack of awareness of available journals all contribute to a common perception that journal availability is poor. Related issues include insufficient promotion and communication of what is available, and the complexities of online access and multiple entry routes”