Iceland gets access to e-publications on Africa
Almost 5,000 freely downloadable e-publications from the Nordic Africa Institute's library have been made available for researchers, journalists, policymakers and the general public on Iceland.
The Finnish equivalent to Iceland’s Leitir is Finna. Through this search engine the archives, libraries and museums of Finland have made their material available. Ever since the launch of Finna in 2013, the Nordic Africa Institute has been trying to enter with its library collection, but for technical as well as bureaucratic reasons this has proved to be a complex quest. A few weeks ago the matter was up for discussion again.
Sweden: The institute’s library has integrated at the national Swedish library portal Libris, since it was first made available online on the internet in the 1990’s. Swedish libraries have free-of-charge interlibrary loans from Nordic countries.
Denmark: The institute’s entire collection is since 2007 searchable through the Danish national library portal Bibliotek.dk and Danish residents can make loan reservations straight from there. Danish libraries have free-of-charge interlibrary loans from Nordic countries.
Iceland: The institute’s library collection of e-publications is since March this year searchable and freely downloadable through Iceland’s national library portal Leitir. Icelandic libraries charge user fees for interlibrary loans of printed books from Nordic countries.
Finland: The institute’s library collection is not available through the Finnish national library portal Finna, but the prospect of integrating at least the e-publications into Finna looks hopeful. Finnish residents can already today find and download all our e-publications for free through Africalitplus. Finnish libraries charge user fees for interlibrary loans of printed books from Nordic countries.
Norway: Since the its collection is not searchable through the Norwegian national library portal Oria, the institute’s library does not reach out so well to Norway. Norwegian residents can however turn to AfricaLit Plus for access to the entire collections. Norwegian libraries have free-of-charge interlibrary loans from Nordic countries.
The rest of the world. The collection of almost 5,000 freely downloadable e-publications is available all over the world through the institute’s own online search engine AfricaLit Plus.
“A rising interest in Africa research in Iceland”
Comment from former NAI-researcher Pétur Skúlason Waldorff:
"The accessibility of the Nordic Africa Institute’s electronic publications in Iceland through Leitir is of immense importance for African studies in Iceland. This is especially important in light of the increased influx of international students, among them African students, in recent years, as well as rising interest in Africa research and international development studies at the University of Iceland."
"Furthermore, as Leitir is open to all Icelandic IP addresses, this addition to its database expands not only academia’s access to important articles, books and documents on a variety of African issues and research, but also to policy makers, civil society and the general Icelandic public."