The West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) says its upcoming meeting in Abuja will help Nigerian librarians improve connectivity at reduced costs.
The WACREN meeting, which will focus on the needs, challenges and opportunities of libraries in Nigeria, will take place at the premises of Nigerian Research Education Network (NgREN), in Abuja, on October 5-7, according to the Network.
According to a statement by Omo Oaiya, CTO/Directeur Technique, WACREN, this is part of the projects engaged by WACREN and the European Union, to enhance improved connectivity in West Africa on viable Research and Education networks.
WACREN says it will be collaborating with librarians, as major stakeholders in the development of National Research Education Networks (NRENs), specialised Internet service provider dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within a country.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“WACREN sees librarians as a major stakeholder in the development of NRENs and is working closely with EIFL and others about collaboration between libraries and the national NRENs. It is a great time for librarians to engage and lead on improving access to knowledge for their clients in research and academia,”, the organisation says.[/quote]“WACREN sees librarians as a major stakeholder in the development of NRENs and is working closely with EIFL and others about collaboration between libraries and the national NRENs. It is a great time for librarians to engage and lead on improving access to knowledge for their clients in research and academia,”, the organisation says.
The event will focus on how NRENs support and promote adoption of persistent identifiers for objects to improve the visibility of researchers and their works; digital library content and licensing; and understanding how Identity federations can improve cost and access to library resources for research and academic institutions.
At the interactive discussion, the meeting will also consider how stakeholders can meet technical, organisational and legal challenges to improve the connectivity of libraries, as well as practical steps to be taken for closer collaboration between WACREN and library consortia in Western and Central Africa.
Those expected to attend the event include National Library Associations and Library Consortium Leaders, Librarians working for better access to licensed and open access content, academic researchers, Campus network and IT managers, Trust and Identity Management System Operators, Library automation and systems support, among others.
The West and Central African Research and Education Network is an incubation of the regional network started at African Network Operators Group (AfNOG 2006) and at the Regional Workshop on Research and Education Networks organised by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in Accra in November 2006. WACREN was formed with the objectives of promoting and establishing of interconnections between national research and education networks in West and Central Africa to form a regional research and education network.