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EIFL-OA is a programme of EIFL. The purpose of the program is to advocate for open access to promote knowledge sharing. Working closely with a network of EIFL-OA country coordinators we build capacity to launch open access repositories and to ensure their long-term sustainability. We offer training, share experiences and expertise, and develop support materials on open access policies and practices (open access journals and open access repositories). We empower library professionals, scholars, educators and students to become open access advocates. And we advocate nationally and internationally for the adoption of open access policies and mandates.
EIFL-OA works in partnership with library consortia in more than 45 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. See "Where we work" for information about EIFL member consortium.
The EIFL partner consortia nominate EIFL-OA country coordinators. OA-country coordinators form the backbone of the network, and are a focal point for national open access initiatives, as well as providing input into international fora. EIFL-OA country coordinators identify national open access projects and local partners; provide feedback to the EIFL-OA programme manager. EIFL-OA provides training in open access practices, strategies for advocacy and creating partnerships; an opportunity to participate in open access task forces on a regional and international basis; tools and resources to support the advocacy activities. See EIFL-OA coordinators for names and contact details.