Open Access Week 2011 in Lesotho

Event date: 
24 Oct 2011 - 28 Oct 2011

Through the support of the UNESCO Cluster Office for Southern Africa and INASP, Lesotho will for the first time formally celebrate Open Access Week from the 24 to 30th October 2011. Celebrations intend to sensitize the community that comprises academics, students, librarians, researchers, policy makers and ICT professionals and others who have a role to play in making knowledge freely available.

In particular, the National University of Lesotho Library is the host and organiser of an event that will showcase its achievements in Open Access, and share experiences with other libraries  with the goal of setting up a network of sustainable Open Access projects in the country.

The activity is a direct follow-up to the “Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact” that was organized in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and EIFL, in Pretoria (South Africa) on 22 and 23 November 2010.

During the week long celebrations, two workshops will be organized to support the implementation of the capacity development plan for Open Access in Lesotho.

The first workshop will sensitize academia on the importance of Open Access in Lesotho. Participants will also suggest activities to be undertaken to support the implementation of the capacity development plan for Open Access in Lesotho.

The second workshop will target information professionals from the following institutions: National University of Lesotho, Lesotho College of Education, Lerotholi Polytechnic, National Health Training College, Lesotho Agricultural College, Limkonkwing University Library, Lesotho National Library Services, Lesotho Library Consortium, Lesotho National Commission to UNESCO and Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology. These institutions will come together in order to discuss the practical steps to be undertaken in order to establish a country-wide repository of scientific information. Specific attention will be given to intellectual property, content types, technical infrastructure and indexing standards of the repository.

(Based on Celebration of Open Access Week in Lesotho, 24 to 29 October 2011)