AUGUST 15, 2022
African libraries are meant to be the driving force for innovation and sustenance of the knowledge economy in the continent. They provide access to information resources needed to drive quality education (formal and informal), and learning at different stages of life for different purposes. It can be argued that information resources are the core raison d’être for the existence of libraries as they are the main tools used for provision of information. However, funding challenges inhibit the acquisition of current and relevant information resources for libraries.
The constantly evolving digital technologies have enabled creating, sharing and recreating of resources and open licensing principles have created the environment of using, adapting, adding to and reusing intellectual works from all over the world without undue restrictions or barriers. Thus, Open Educational Resources came on board. The UNESCO OER Recommendation has given much impetus to the uptake by institutions and libraries in different parts of the world.
AfLIA had worked with OER Africa to raise the awareness of Open Education Resources and take the first steps in knowing how to identify OERs, the open licensing landscape and knowing how to publish Open Access. This webinar aims at probing the understanding of OER by African librarians, the uptake in different countries in Africa as well as challenges experienced or envisaged.
The webinar will answer the following discussion areas;
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David Koech is a Librarian (Kabarak University-Kenya), Young African Library Leader, Kenya sign language interpreter (KS L), Digital storyteller, Library Advocate, Program Development and Management and SDG Advocate. David leads a number of impactful initiatives for his community, such as advocating for sustainable development goals to improve Libraries, health, security, peace, & education. He also uses digital storytelling to inform and to educate.
Emmanuel Omeiza Momoh is a young professional who is passionate about understanding and meeting individual/corporate information needs. He is a chartered Librarian (CLN) with a number of publications on critical areas in Librarianship. He also has additional certifications in leadership/team management, communication and project management. He has. Emmanuel is a member of the World Literacy Foundation, the Young African Library Leaders Fellowship and the Innovative Teachers Fellowship and has served as a member of the United Nations Global Schools Advocacy Programme in 2021. Besides, he is a recent fellow of the Savvy Programme for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs.
Mrs. Lynn Jibril is a Librarian and an Educator. Currently employed by the University of Botswana Library. She has teaching experience spanning over twenty-five years in secondary schools. Mrs Jibril Holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies as well as a Diploma in Secondary Education. She is passionate about the teaching of Information and digital Literacy skills to both undergraduate and graduates students of the University. Her interests are in Open science issues; Open Educational Resources, Research Data Management as well as Knowledge Management. She has recently joined a team of editors on the Wikipedia platform a job that she does with great passion and commitment. She is also the current President of the Botswana Library Association.
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