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EIFL Celebrates 15 years - Rima Kupryte


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EIFL General Assembly 2014 presentation by Rima Kupryte.

The General Assembly (GA) is EIFL’s annual knowledge sharing and networking event for library professionals in developing and transition countries.

Each year EIFL brings together national coordinators from over 40 countries to debate the latest developments in electronic content delivery, to discover emerging issues of significance to libraries, and to share achievements from library consortia over the last year.

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EIFL Celebrates 15 years - Rima Kupryte

  1. 1. EIFL IS BORN January 1, 1999 EIFL (originally called is created as an initiative of the Open Society Institute (OSI), now Open Society Foundations (OSF), a private grant making foundation that is part of the Soros Foundation.
  2. 2. WORKS WITH LIBRARIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE January 1, 1999 Begins working with libraries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
  3. 3. NEGOTIATES FIRST LICENCE October 25, 1999 Negotiates first licence to provide access to e-journals. An agreement was signed with EBSCO Publishing to provide access to five databases that contained more than 3,500 full-text journals .
  4. 4. BEGINS BUILDING LIBRARY CONSORTIA January 1, 2000 Begins building a network of library consortia. Library consortia are groups of libraries that share common goals. A consortium is able to speak with one voice to stakeholders, policymakers and funders.
  5. 5. EXPANDS TO SOUTHERN AFRICA January 1, 2001 Begins working with libraries in southern Africa.
  6. 6. SIGNS THE BUDAPEST OPEN ACCESS DECLARATION February 14, 2002 EIFL was one of the original signatories for the Budapest Open Access Initiative, which first coined the term "Open Access".
  7. 7. EXPANDS TO WEST AFRICA July 9, 2002 Begins working with libraries in west Africa. Nigeria was the first country where EIFL organized a library consortium building event.
  8. 8. HOSTS FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY November 29, 2002 First annual knowledge-sharing event is held in St.Petersburg, Russia.
  9. 9. GAINS NOT-FOR-PROFIT STATUS January 29, 2003 Registers as a not-for-profit organisation (Stichting in the Netherlands with its operational seat in Rome, Italy.
  10. 10. OPEN ACCESS PROGRAMME IS ESTABLISHED May 1, 2003 The programme removes barriers to knowledge sharing by advocating for the adoption of open access (OA) policies and mandates, and by building the capacity to launch and sustain OA repositories and journals.
  11. 11. EXPANDS TO SOUTHEAST AND EAST ASIA August 13, 2003 Begins working with libraries in southeast and east Asia. The first event was organized in Cambodia, followed by Laos and China.
  12. 12. EXPANDS TO NORTH AFRICA November 3, 2003 Begins working with libraries in north Africa. Sudan was the first country in the region to join the EIFL network.
  13. 13. FIRST OPEN ACCESS EVENT July 1, 2004 First open access event is held (South Africa). The conference was a one-day programme to introduce the OA model in South Africa and was hosted by SASLI and EIFL/OSI.
  14. 14. COPYRIGHT AND LIBRARIES PROGRAMME IS ESTABLISHED January 1, 2005 The programme advocates for national and international copyright law reform, and supports librarians to become advocates for a fair copyright system. The first regional meeting took place in Uganda.
  15. 15. FIRST LIBRARIAN FROM AFRICA PARTICIPATES AT WIPO Dick Kawooya, first librarian from Africa participates in copyright negotiations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
  16. 16. EXPANDS TO THE MIDDLE EAST July 10, 2005 Begins working with libraries in the Middle East. The first workshops were held in the Palestinian territories (Gaza and West Bank) and Jordan.
  17. 17. OBSERVER STATUS AT WIPO September 26, 2005 Gains permanent observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Observers are invited to attend formal meetings of member states.
  18. 18. FIRST OPEN ACCESS INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY LAUNCHED November 1, 2005 First open access institutional repository (IR) is launched through EIFL’s support in an EIFL-partner country (University of Zimbabwe).
  19. 19. FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROGRAMME IS ESTABLISHED October 29, 2006 The programme improves library technology by encouraging the use of free and open source software (FOSS) in libraries and fostering a network of FOSS champions in our partner countries. Experts in FOSS came together for the kick off meeting in Italy.
  20. 20. EXPANDS TO EAST AFRICA January 1, 2008 Begins working with libraries in east Africa. Kenya was the first country to join the EIFL network.
  21. 21. EXPANDS TO SOUTH ASIA March 1, 2008 Begins work with libraries in south Asia. Nepal was the first country to join the EIFL network in the region.
  22. 22. RECEIVES OFFICIAL PARTNER STATUS AT UNESCO January 8, 2009 Official partnership status is granted to EIFL in cooperation with the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It consists in a mutual engagement to cooperate and work together in the Organization’s fields of competence.
  23. 23. PUBLIC LIBRARY INNOVATION PROGRAMME IS ESTABLISHED September 2, 2009 The programme advances community development by enabling public libraries to implement innovative ideas that use technology to improve people’s lives and livelihoods.
  24. 24. FOUNDING MEMBER OF CONFEDERATION OF OPEN ACCESS REPOSITORIES October 21, 2009 Joins other organisations in founding COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories). COAR aims to enable every citizen in the world to get access to – and be able to benefit from – knowledge produced from publicly-funded research.
  25. 25. 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY November 18, 2009 Celebrates ten years at the General Assembly, which was hosted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.
  26. 26. EXPANDS TO OCEANIA May 13, 2013 Begins working with libraries in Oceania. Fiji was the first country in the region to join the EIFL network.
  27. 27. 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY November 10, 2014 Today we mark 15 years at the General Assembly in Istanbul.