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The open access landscape in Zimbabwe: the case of university libraries in ZULC

Lovemore Kusekwa (Library, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe)
Aston Mushowani (Library, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 11 March 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to focus on the current state of open access (OA) initiatives in Zimbabwean universities. The paper specifically reports the initiatives at Zimbabwean universities regarding institutional repositories that promote OA and other digital OA collections.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative research methodology was adopted. Questionnaires were used as the primary data collection method for this research. The research sought to address the following specific areas: the state of institutional repositories and open access in Zimbabwe, the discoverability of content, open access policies and mandates, the benefits of open access in Zimbabwe, and future plans for institutional OA. A total of eight out of 12 universities responded to the questionnaire. The data provided by the universities involved in the research were summarised to give a general picture of the open access landscape in Zimbabwe.

Findings

The current initiatives in the universities involved in this survey indicate that most universities in Zimbabwe are going to have institutional repositories that promote open access to information. Most institutions in Zimbabwe are already working on putting open access policies in place in a bid to promote open access.

Originality/value

The research will shed more light on the status quo of open access initiatives in Zimbabwe, particularly with regards to institutional repositories, open access policies and open access mandates.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge and thank Mr Chirisa for proofreading the article.

Citation

Kusekwa, L. and Mushowani, A. (2014), "The open access landscape in Zimbabwe: the case of university libraries in ZULC", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 69-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-07-2013-0083

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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