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Welcome You are invited To Get Involved In BFA & HU Partnership Project

This project is an ongoing Books Donation Partnership Project of Hawassa University (HU) and Book For Africa (BFA)…

Library World Tour Project International Professional Networking

“Books For Africa” Being a Librarian in Ethiopia. Mario Coffa Interviews Mulugeta Woldetsadik, from Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Library World Tour Project

The Library World Tour project was recently launched to create an international network among librarians or information professionals from around the world…

BAI & HU Partnership Project

[Successful Books Donation Partnership Project] So much godness all in one place

Celebrating 5th Year Anniversary …To Check Out More...

The Time is Now for Open Educational Resources

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CARL is the voice of Canada’s research libraries

As higher education continues to prioritize remote online instruction in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, university libraries are working with others to advance, innovate and collaborate on the creation and use of high-quality open education resources. In recognition and support of the work of academic libraries, centers for teaching and learning, and faculty members leading the development of OER on campuses across the country and around the world, CARL’s Open Education Working Group is pleased to share the following resources: an FAQ on Open Education, guidance for instructors on Getting Started with OER, and an Environmental Scan of Open Education Service and Support in Canada

Open Access Books (available online) by Library of Congress

We are excited to share that anyone anywhere can now access a growing online collection of contemporary open access eBooks from the Library of Congress website. For example, you can now directly access books such as Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks, and Youjeong Oh’s Pop City: Korean Popular Culture and the Selling of Place from the Library of Congress website. All of these books have been made broadly available online in keeping with the intent of their creators and publishers, which chose to publish these works under open access licenses.

A key objective of the Library of Congress digital collecting plan is the development and implementation of an acquisitions program for openly available content. We have previously discussed a number of open access book projects, including open access Latin American books, and open access children’s books. Significantly, the Library of Congress has long been receiving print copies of open access books through multiple routine acquisition streams. These openly licensed works can be made much more broadly accessible in their digital form…

Ethiopian Journals Online (EJOL)

Ethiopian Journals Online (EJOL) is hosted by Addis Ababa University. The objective of EJOL is to provide a platform to publish local journals online using the Open Journals System (OJS) so as to increase participating journals visibility, and to the research convey through open access (OA). The EJOL platform is freely available to all locally published open access journals in Ethiopia. To participate in EJOL, journals may contact the host AAU…

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Is Scientific Communication Fit for Purpose?

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Science is a process. We tack towards discovery, towards truth, because the process encourages curiosity, critical thinking, experimentation, correction, and, at least in recent years, competition. When it runs properly, the process as a whole, over the course of time, is trustworthy. To be sure, individual scientists misbehave and scientific works are riddled with problems, but the process seeks truth…

The End of an Era for Academia.edu and Other Academic Networks?

Academia.edu may need to change the second step in its sign-up process given publisher concerns regarding posting of research articles without rights holder permission

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Elsevier has issued a sweeping series of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices regarding Elsevier-published content to Academia.edu, a file-sharing network for researchers and other academics. This has prompted a storm in the Twittersphere, a response from Elsevier, a number of commentaries on blogs and list-serves, and a truly bizarre article from CNET that casts Academia.edu as a “new school” “digital era” “publisher” and rival to Elsevier (who is couched as an “old school” “traditional company” – which just incidentally owns and operates a platform very similar to Academia.edu). Academia.edu for its part is reportedly encouraging authors of affected papers to sign this Elsevier boycott petition despite the fact that their own terms of use prohibit the posting of content that infringes on the copyright or license of publishers such as Elsevier…

[New Issue] Journal of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Vol. 8 No. 1 (2020)-Hawassa University

The Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, AgVS – a double-blind peer-reviewed open-access online journal of Hawassa University has a newly released volume (Issue): Vol. 8 No. 1 (2020)

The great contributions by authors and Reviewers are genuinely appreciated… 

Librarians and Professional Labeling: What’s in a Name?

At a recent professional meeting, I was dismayed to find myself witnessing yet another discussion on whether those present should call themselves “librarians.” The program that hosted this discussion opened with the observation that library spaces are shrinking in the post-pandemic world and the question of whether the participants might stop calling themselves librarians if they no longer work “in a [physical] library.” Everything I heard was a repetition of arguments I’ve heard over and over in the almost 50 years since I was working on my first professional degree (M.S., Drexel University, 1973–1975).

I’m sick of hearing debates about our professional labeling. The conversations usually generate more heat than light. Moreover, they distract us from the important questions we should be discussing and tasks we should be working on. With the hope of helping the profession move on, I offer the following brief historical survey and some fundamental premises for librarians who are making decisions about what professional label to adopt…

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