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Diana Sayej Naser, Palestine's EIFL country coordinator called for the meeting of the Palestinian Library and Information Consortium (PALICO) on Monday, 31 October 2011. The meeting was hosted by AlQuds Open University in Ramallah and members in Gaza attended via video conferencing.
Diana started the meeting by providing an overview of EIFL's General Assembly (GA) in Minsk, Belarus (learn more), which she had attended. Among the topics addressed at the GA that were discussed were the e-resources offered to PALICO members by subscription or for free; usage statistics; and the major open source softwares that could be used to help market and enhance usage. Also, the Arcadia report was discussed. The report outlines the major obstacles that users face and that prevent them from using e-resources, and it includes suggestions for how to improve usage. Diana also shared case studies that were presented by EIFL members.
The members all agreed that they would devote more attention to marketing their e-resources and they also agreed to hold training sessions each member institution.