The main aim of the project Navigating the digital landscape: universities partnering for change (NIAGARAgrant) is to utilize the partnership between universities in Zambia, Tanzania, Poland and Norway to improve and expand information services by developing libraries’ICT infrastructure and librarians’ digital competencies.
The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
- To strengthen the digital infrastructure in partner university libraries in Tanzania and Zambia that will benefit all students and staff and ensure inclusive andequal access to library and information services
- To examine current digital competencies needed for efficient provision of library andinformation services
- To develop and implement short-term courses
The primary target groups are the HEI-librarians and LIS-students in Zambia and Tanzania. Further target beneficiaries are all students and faculty members (including those with fewer opportunities) working in the noted countries.
NIAGARA relates strongly to UN SDG4: Quality education and 10: Reduce inequality.
NIAGARA is composed of seven work packages (WPs):
- WP1: Management,
- WP2: Digital competency assessment,
- WP3: Education and Research support,
- WP4: Inclusion and equity,
- WP5: Infrastructural capacity,
- WP6: Blended mobility,
- WP7: Dissemination and sustainability.
Some important outputs are open courses and interactive learning materials on digital competency and data management. Information and outputs will be accessible through the project website and social media. Knowledge gained from the project will be informative for policy makers and leaders in higher education as well as governing bodies in regions that are looking to increase citizens’ digitalcompetencies and even out digital divides. The results will be transferable to other HEIs, library and information science educators, andacademic libraries and will contribute to scholarly discussions and research on issues related to open access and accessibility.