African library consortia plan a strong future with INASP

With INASP approaching the final two years of the Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems(SRKS) programme, the focus of some staff is on working to support the creation of strong and sustainable library consortia, who will be able to manage national access to online resources into the future.

With that in mind, INASP’s Anne Powell (Programme Manager, Information Access & Publisher Liaison) and Mai Skovgaard (Programme Officer, Information Access) are meeting with two African library consortia over the coming weeks. They will travel first to Zambia to meet with the Zambia Library Consortium (ZALICO) and then to Zimbabwe to meet with the Zimbabwe University Librarians Consortium (ZULC).

Anne and Mai will work with both consortia to look at the work they have done during SRKS so far, and identify priorities for the next two years. Both consortia have shown real progress and development in the last few years, with Mai remarking, “We are really impressed with the steps ZULC has been making towards handover of subscriptions. We look forward to working with them as they continue to move forward.”

They hope to meet with other key institutions while visiting both countries, as well as INASP partners and National Research and Education Networks (NRENs).

Follow the story on Twitter for updates of the trip, using the hashtags #inaspZM and #inaspZW.


Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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