Growing knowledge: Access to research in east and southern African universities (November 2010)
peter.suber's bookmarks 2012-07-17
"This study, undertaken in 2009 and 2010, explores the many interrelated issues surrounding researchers’ access to the latest academic information, in the form of peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly materials, in east and southern Africa. The landscape of information access and of research is constantly changing, and this paper can at best provide only a snapshot of current activity and experiences. It is based on a series of detailed case studies undertaken at four universities: Chancellor College at the University of Malawi, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, the National University of Rwanda, and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Responses from some 240 researchers (academics and postgraduates) and 23 librarians and members of ICT staff are drawn together. Strengths and weaknesses, problems and successes, challenges and opportunities are all highlighted. These are not straightforward issues to resolve. Librarians are already making substantial contributions to support their academics and students, and much has been achieved. There are naturally gaps, and things that could be done better. The findings of the study, and the ideas drawn from these, are therefore offered in the spirit of constructive discussion, not criticism...."