4th CERN-UNESCO School for Digital Libraries in Kumasi, Ghana


CERN-UNESCO School of Digital Libraries in Ghana


On December 2nd, one week training of African librarians and IT specialists in Kumasi, Ghana, was successfully completed. 30 participants from 8 different African countries gathered together in Kumasi, where CERN staff members introduced them to digital libraries, teaching them how to use the Invenio digital library software developed at CERN. A follow-up training for about 6 participants of the Kumasi School will also take place at CERN during spring 2017, in order to offer selected participants advanced training on digital libraries.

This is the 4th School organised under the auspices of CERN and UNESCO, in collaboration this year with the Prempeh II Library of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi. The purpose of the school is to deepen the participants’ understanding of digital libraries, expose new trends in scientific publishing and emphasise a set of principles related to open access, both for data and publications, crucial to promoting open science. In this effort to increase the impact of African researchers’ work, the Schools have benefited from established collaborations with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN).

The CERN-UNESCO School for Digital Libraries is a CERN & Society project and the 2016 School in Ghana was made possible thanks to a generous donation made by Mrs Margarita Louis-Dreyfus. More news on the Ghana School will follow in the upcoming weeks.

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