(18 October 2017) There are 158 universities in Myanmar under the Ministry of Education. After years of isolation, their libraries have very limited current print collections. What’s more, until the start of the eLibrary Myanmar project in December 2013, no universities had access to online subscription resources. As a result, research standards and output have been undermined, and students have missed out on the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed both in education and the workplace.
The eLibrary Myanmar project was created to enable libraries at universities under the control of the Ministry of Education to provide effective support for teaching, research and learning across all faculties – from the sciences to the social sciences and humanities.
Major results of the project have been to provide access to an impressive range of high quality international journals, databases and e-books to a growing number of academic and research institutions; the creation of institutional open access repositories – the first in Myanmar – at two universities, and development of a library consortium to grow and sustain the project. In addition the project has built capacity of students, faculty and librarians in copyright, open access and raised awareness about the changing landscape of scholarly communication.
EIFL has the full overview of the project.