SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
African Librarians are getting ready to celebrate the 2021 Open Access Week from 25th – 30th October with the theme “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity”. As librarians who provide access to information in Africa, this is the time for us to reflect deeply on issues that affect the ‘free transfer of knowledge’ for the greater good.
That is the reason behind this push by African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) to identify the structures that drive inequitable access to knowledge and explore possible pathways of mitigation. A potpourri of activities have been slated to take place within the 2021 Open Access Week, but first things first as we run a survey to move from the known to the unknown.
The AfLIA Open Access survey aims to get answers to the above questions and more so that opening up access to research and knowledge that will drive development in Africa can take place. More than ever, knowledge should be created and accessible in forms and formats that can benefit Africans so that innovative solutions can be spawned for the challenges that confront the continent.
Kindly click on the button below and fill the survey. The results will be shared during the Open Access Week so do not delay on filling it please. Also, bring it to the attention of your colleagues.