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Through the EC-Tempus funded project (ISTeMAG) whose goal is to increase access to scientific and technical information in higher education in the Maghreb, EIFL recently conducted training with librarians from across Tunisia.
This exciting project recognizes the central role that university libraries, as providers of scientific and technical information, play in the dissemination of scientific research results to faculty, researchers, and students.
The workshop objective was to provide training in the areas of consortium management (led by Monika Elbert, EIFL Consortium Management Programme Manager) and negotiating and licensing e-resources (led by Marika Meltsas, Head of Department of the Estonian Research Information System in the Estonian Research Council).
Working group discussions were very productive and fruitful in getting the participants to define the details of a consortium’s mission, objectives, governance model, membership options and funding sources. The working groups plan to keep these very useful discussion and exercise notes as ‘signposts’ for the development of the Tunisian library consortium, which is planned to be in place and operational by 2015.
This event took place 9 – 11 May 2012 at the Cité des Sciences in Tunis, organised by the national research centre for scientific and technological information, CNUDST.
There were 20 participants from the Tempus partner universities in Tunisia (Tunis, Monastir and Gafsa), the Ministry of Higher Education (Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique; ) and CNUDST.