Supporting Campus Libraries to embed NREN Services and e-Infrastructure

Centre de Ressources Numériques et Pédagogiques,

Centre de Ressources Numériques et Pédagogiques,

Université Félix Houphouët Boigny, Cocody, Abidjan.

The TANDEM-WACREN survey to identify end user needs and priorities has led to the definition of an NREN service portfolio and the identification of a central role for librarians in embedding these NREN services in AfricaConnect2.

The results of the survey, its influence on WACREN policy and the operational requirements and expectations from librarians will be the focus of interactive sessions. Topics will be dedicated to content management, knowledge sharing and end-user engagement in an NREN environment of Open Access, Open Education and Open Science e-Infrastructure.

A session will be devoted to validating and finalising a draft survey developed WACREN in collaboration with Sheffield University and library consortia in Nigeria.

This extension of the TANDEM survey aims to produce a rounded picture of how librarians should place themselves within the higher education sector in order to become key information resource managers, especially where digital content is concerned.

Target Audience: Librarians and National Library Consortia from WACREN and other parts of AfREN.


  • All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable.
  • International participants will be provided with free accommodation from 26 March to 1 April 2017 in order to enable them to take part in the final conference of the TANDEM project on the afternoon of 29 March 2017 and at the WACREN 2017 conference held on 30-31 March 2017.
  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Applications from the ASREN and UbuntuNet Alliance regions are welcome and encouraged.

  • Deadline for registration: 10 March
  • Notification of selection: 14 March
  • Deadline for acceptance: 17 March

Register here


    • 09:00 10:30
      Welcome and Library Consortium updates
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 12:30
      Roles in NREN end-user engagement
      • 11:00
        Lessons from working with Global Science Communities: The MAGIC Experience 1h
        MAGIC project session on Librarian role in supporting Global Science Communities
        Speaker: Mr Tiwonge Banda (Ubuntunet Alliance)
      • 12:00
        Developing institutional networks to support capacity building in open science 30m
        Speaker: Kathleen Shearer (Executive Director, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR))
    • 12:30 14:00
      Lunch 1h 30m
    • 14:00 15:30
      LIBSENSE Survey Validation
      Convener: Dr Pamela Abbott (Information School | The University of Sheffield)
    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:00 17:30
      LIBSENSE Survey Validation
      Convener: Dr Pamela Abbott (Information School | The University of Sheffield)
    • 09:00 10:30
      Librarians as Institutional Focal Points
      Convener: Dr Eyouléki T. G. Venant PALANGA (WACREN)
      • 09:00
        Welcome, House Keeping, Setting the Stage 15m
        Speaker: Mr Omo Oaiya (WACREN)
      • 09:15
        Overview of community building approach: Goals & Actors 25m
        Speaker: Mr Chris Rohrer (UbuntuNet Alliance)
      • 09:40
        Concept and life of a National Focal Point 25m
        Speaker: Dr Maissa Mbaye (Université Gaston Berger de St-Louis)
      • 10:05
        Colaboratorio 25m
        Speaker: Ms Tania ALTAMIRANO LÓPEZ (Academic Communities Coordinator ( RedCLARA))
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 12:30
      Librarians as Institutional Focal Points II
      Convener: Ms Carmen Gloria Labbé (RedCLARA)
      • 11:00
        Concept of Institutional Focal Points, Report on activities 25m
        Speaker: Mr DAOUDA MEITE (RITER - Cote d'Ivoire)
      • 11:25
        Work Plan 25m
        Speaker: Dr Eyouléki T. G. Venant PALANGA (WACREN)
      • 11:50
        Discussion and Way Forward 25m
        Speaker: Mr Omo Oaiya (WACREN)
      • 12:15
        Closing Remarks 15m
        Speaker: Dr Boubakar Barry (WACREN)