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The Namibian Library and Archives Services NLAS, a directorate within the Ministry of Education, has taken the decision to partner with EIFL in creating a Namibian library consortium and bringing the benefits of EIFL's programmes and services to library users across Namibia.
The main aim of the Ministry of Education through the directorate Namibia Library and Archives Service and Namibia Library consortium is to facilitate long term millennium Goals and Vision 2030 0f transforming Namibia into a knowledge based economy by providing timely and relevant information to all citizens through shared resources acquisitions and inter lending services including scholarly and research community needs of member libraries.
"We anticipate to benefit from our participation in EIFL's global network in a number of ways", says Ms. Veno Kauaria, the director of NLAS, "such as being able to access a wider number of electronic resources at substantially lower cost and better licensing terms. Sharing cost on a consortium basis for staff development, technical and training support will enable us to increase our efficiency and effectiveness."
NLAS has oversight of 312 school libraries and 64 community libraries, the National Library and the National Archives. "The future consortium plans to include also our sister libraries from the institutions of higher learning, such as the libraries of the University of Namibia" informs Ms. Margaret Ndala, the freshly nominated EIFL country coordinator.
Please join us in welcoming Namibia into the EIFL family!