Library consortium formed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Bibliothèques Académiques du Congo (COBAC) was launched in 2015 after two years of  consultation with EIFL. This gives them access to a wide range of hight-quality, commercial electronic resources – such as databases, e-books and e-journals – which are either free or made accessible at substantially lower prices than the commercial price.

The consortium  currently consists of 16 university and collage libraries from the north and eastern provinces of Ituri and Kivu. According to the EIFL annual report students, researchers and teachers have already downloaded over 5 million items from the EIFL network.

Thanks to the 2015 EIFL Newsletter for this information, which also describes an innovative solution to the provision of internet facilities to schools in several districts of Ghana with the support of EIFL.

Jean Shaw, Phi

 

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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