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SYReLIB: enhancing the global connections of Syria's academic community.

Johnson, Ian M.

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Ian M. Johnson



Abstract

This is a brief report on a pilot project funded by the European Commission TEMPUS programme concerned with the modernisation of the university libraries in Syria and the enhanced visibility of the research outputs of the Syrian academic community. As background, it outlines the current state of the country's electronic and scholarly publishing, and the development of national and university computer networks. It reviews the project's contribution to introduction of automated library management systems with online catalogues and institutional repositories, and the expansion of journal collections. The issues likely to impact on further developments are discussed. Aspects of current professional education, including a shortage of qualified librarians with contemporary professional knowledge and skills, inhibit development. Other major challenges are the lack of effective strategic planning and poor management systems.

Citation

JOHNSON, I.M. 2010. SYReLIB: enhancing the global connections of Syria's academic community. International information and library review [online], 42(1), pages 34-39. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iilr.2009.12.001

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2010
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2010
Publication Date Mar 31, 2010
Deposit Date May 20, 2010
Publicly Available Date May 20, 2010
Journal International information and library review
Print ISSN 1057-2317
Electronic ISSN 1095-9297
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 34-39
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iilr.2009.12.001
Keywords Library and Information Sciences
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/488

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