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The Library Support for embedding NREN services and e-Infrastructure (LIBSENSE) initiative is a collaboration between the three African Regional Research and Education Networks (RRENs) and the AfricaConnect2 project. 

It aims to build a community of practice for repositories in Africa and define a collaborative agenda for libraries and RENs in Africa related repositories and value-added services. To support this aim, the starting objectives are to:

  1. Identify key institutional weaknesses in the current support for the evolving role of HE librarians in the African Higher Education sector
  2. Identify key areas in which HEI librarians could collaborate with National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and members of scientific communities of practice to enable stronger institutional roles in NREN advocacy and information management
  3. Draw up a framework of key policy actions to address these identified issues
  4. Propose practical capacity-building projects to support the proposed policy changes
  5. Develop a more cohesive strategy for strengthening and building repository networks in Africa

The illustration below shows our view of the multiple actors and perspectives required for sustainable development and maintenance of Open Access repositories in Africa. 

Configuration of actors involved in the sustainable creation and curation of Open Access repositories

NRENs, coordinated by their respective regional REN organisations provide the technical expertise and e-infrastructure to host these services. 

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