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To achieve LIBSENSE objectives, a key activity was the wide-ranging survey undertaken from September 2018 - March 2019, in each NREN region, and  based on the questionnaire on evolving roles of HEI librarians that was piloted in WACREN.  The survey was reframed within the context of the development and maintenance of federated Open Access repositories.

In each region, the survey aimed to:

  1. Understand the evolving role of the library function in contemporary African higher education institutions (HEIs). This especially meant understanding the role of librarians vis-à-vis digital resources, especially open access repositories (OARs).

  2. Understand how institutions affecting the higher education sector support or constrain the roles of librarians, especially where these are concerned with digital resource management and implementation. These institutions included national librarian consortia/organisations within the sector directly supporting capacity building initiatives etc.

  3. Determine how NRENs can work with librarians to support their roles. This included eliciting service requirements that librarians needed to support their roles and other ways in which NRENs could support librarian groups.

  4. Gather demographic information that would be useful in categorising the librarian communities of practice in African regions so as to understand this evolving field better.

ASREN Region

Ubuntunet Alliance Region

WACREN Region

Final Results

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