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At least two institutions in Zimbabwe will celebrate International Open Access Week: National University of Science and Technology and the University of Zimbabwe.
National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Institutional Repository: A vehicle for Open Access is the title of a seminar for academics which will focus on the benefits of depositing research articles in the Institutional Repository (IR). Information literacy sessions focusing on accessing Open Access (OA) resources will be arranged through out the week. An exhibition will be set-up with brochures, leaflets and posters on the OA movement and the benefits of depositing content in the IR. A competition will be held in which students will be asked to write what they know about OA in general and the benefits of the OA movement. Winners will be given prizes in the form of increased borrowing privileges. NUST is a winner of INASP 2011 Open Access Week competition.
The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) library with financial support from EIFL has embarked on a campus wide Open Access (OA) Advocacy Campaign which will target the UZ management and administrative personnel and Deans of Faculties. The ultimate purpose is to advocate for the adoption of a campus wide OA policy.
A one day workshop will be held for 20 UZ management staff (Executives i.e. Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar, and Deans of Faculties) in an endeavour to achieve management buy in on the concept of OA, with the hope of advocating for OA policy formulation and implementation in the near future.
A series of workshops and presentations targeting teaching staff (chairpersons of departments and lectures) in all 10 faculties will be held by faculty librarians with the sole purpose of marketing and publicising of both the concept of OA and OA resources relevant to individual faculties. An advocacy video will be documented which will contain testimonies of local academics who have so far benefited from exposure on IR platform and other success stories.
Overall the library is looking forward to the adoption of a University OA Policy, which will enable access to knowledge in support of teaching, learning and research at the UZ, and as such this prospective advocacy campaign will be a conducive platform to this vision.
See the UZ Open Access Week website.