As part of the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project, Susanna Lob (Manager, Special Projects, EIFL-Licensing Programme) will visit Mandalay and Yangon, Myanmar.
Through provision of a world class collection of e-resources, supported by extensive training for librarians, faculty and students, the eLibrary Myanmar project (which was launched in December 2013) has already had a big impact on teaching, learning and research.
The original plan was to work with just two universities - the University of Yangon and the University of Mandalay - over the initial 18-month phase of the project.
However, good news travels fast and, following major improvements to technological infrastructure and bandwidth, three more universities joined the eLibrary Myanmar project in late 2014 - Yangon University of Economics plus Yadanabon University and Dagon University, two of the largest undergraduate universities in Myanmar.
What’s more, an additional two universities will be joining the project shortly - West Yangon University and East Yangon University.
Key objectives for the trip include:
- Reviewing progress to date, and planning next steps, through discussions with EIFL Local Coordinators in Yangon and Mandalay, and key institutional and library contacts.
- Meeting with senior staff and IT personnel at the University of Mandalay, University of Yangon to discuss website developments and improvements to infrastructure and bandwidth.
- Meeting with senior staff at new partner universities.
- Meeting with other organisations to explore opportunities for future collaboration.