(13 December 2016) Nine leading academic libraries are beginning to work together in a consortium – the Myanmar Academic Library Consortium (MALC).
EIFL first became involved in bringing access to knowledge to students and researchers in Myanmar in December 2013, through the eLibrary Myanmar project, which provides academic institutions with access to an impressive range of high quality international journals, databases and e-books.
Now, three years later, nine leading academic libraries are beginning to work together in a consortium – the Myanmar Academic Library Consortium (MALC).
The creation of MALC follows an intensive learning programme organized by EIFL in 2015/16, during which Myanmar library leadership attended a consortium-building workshop; travelled to other countries to learn from experienced EIFL partner consortia, and sent delegates to the EIFL General Assembly, where consortium coordinators from throughout EIFL’s global network share knowledge about consortium policies, management and operations.
These events led to development of a vision and mission for a library consortium for Myanmar. The final milestone was an EIFL workshop in Myanmar in August 2016 on ‘How to manage a successful library consortium’. During the workshop, MALC founder members developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for current – and future – consortium members to sign.
The nine founding member libraries of MALC (Myanmar Academic Library Consortium) are the Universities’ Central Library, University of Yangon, Dagon University, Yangon Economic University, East Yangon University, West Yangon University, Mandalay University, Yadanabon University and Yezin Agricultural University.
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