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On 2 January, 2012, the University of Khartoum Electronic Library held a training session on the Koha Integrated Library Management System, which will be implemented in 3 major public universities in Sudan: University of Khartoum; Sudan University of Science and Technology; and Al-Nilin University. After this pilot stage of the project, Koha will be implemented in all Sudanese universities.
The project is a big step toward enhancing digital cooperation and resource sharing between Sudanese universities.
The training was attended by librarians and IT technicians from the three universities. The trainer was Mr. Abdelrazag, Sudan’s EIFL-FOSS Coordinator, who recently attended the EIFL-FOSS regional workshop in Tanzania.
The second phase of the project will address the need for digital repositories through the implementation a library FOSS solution. Among the benefits will be open access to Sudanese created scholarship.
The project was funded by a $26,000 USD grant from UNESCO. The Sudanese Universities Information Network (SUIN) (which is in the process of transitioning to be the Sudanese national consortium) was project lead, working in close cooperation with the Sudanese Association of Libraries and Information (SALI).