The CERN-UNESCO School on Digital Libraries Held in Geneva, Switzerland (17th - 28th June, 2019)

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The CERN-UNESCO School on Digital Libraries was a follow up to the one held at the University of Nairobi on 8th to 12th October 2018. It was scheduled to coincide with a symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the UN Library in Geneva, as well as OAI11 CERN - UNIGE Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication.

Three African countries were represented in Geneva for the school, namely - Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. The University of Nairobi was represented by Timothy S. Nzioki, of the Digital Content Section, Library & Information Services department.

Symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the UN Library in Geneva, themed - Stronger multilateralism through knowledge, heritage, and culture. (United Nations, Geneva - 17th June 2019)

An informative forum graced by librarians and information professionals from various European Universities and institutions.

 

The following topics were covered:

  • How knowledge, heritage & cultural services in multilateral institutions connect with our communities.
  • The current & upcoming technologies that support the work of knowledge, heritage & cultural services in multilateral institutions.
  • The skills needed, now and in the future, for professionals working in knowledge, heritage & cultural services in multilateral institutions

The event culminated with a guided tour of the UN Library in Geneva, including their digitization section. This gave us a good insight into how they go about the process of digitizing important documents for preservation. At the time of our visit, they were digitizing a collection of historical documents from the League of Nations.

A similar visit to the Bibliothèque de Genève provided added knowledge on the intricate process of digitization undertaken there, the equipment used, as well as how they manage their digital library.

OAI11 CERN - UNIGE Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (University of Geneva, 19th - 21st June 2019)

The 11th conference of the OAI community for developments in Scholarly Communication was hosted by the University of Geneva on 19th to 21st June 2019. The theme of the conference was “Open Science – its impact and potential as a driver for radical change”. A variety of key topics was covered including – Implementation & management of FAIR, Copyright Sovereignty and its Implications, online tools to support Open Access, the use of preprints to promote openness and transparency, and Plan S implementation by institutions and libraries.

It brought together open access champions and open knowledge policy-makers, advocators, system developers, and information professionals to discuss the current state of scholarly communication, its challenges, and triumphs.

CERN-UNESCO School on Digital Libraries (17th to 28th June 2019)

This was the umbrella event within which the other events were made possible. During this time, several digital library applications were demonstrated. However, specific focus was given to “Invenio digital library software”, an open-source application for digital library management, developed at CERN.