Highlighting constraints and opportunities regarding GLAM
During learning days, a short presentation was made regarding GLAM-related activities in West Africa. This 5-minute, talk labeled "GLAM in West African context: constraints and opportunities", underscore some of the challenges faced by the User Group of Cote d'Ivoire while approaching GLAM institutions: skepticism, low awareness of open licenses, etc. The talk also underscored some benefits of these collaborations in terms of content liberation articles creation, references collection, awareness among GLAM actors, etc. More photos can be found on commons.
Strengthening User Groups by partnering with GLAMs
On Friday, 11 August, a joint panel, labelled "Growing a User Group, a roadmap for survival", featured representatives from Brazil (Rodrigo Padula), Macedonia (Kiril Simeonovski) and Cote d'Ivoire (Samuel Guebo). This 55-minute length session aimed at underlining good practices as well as common constraints faced when it comes to building new User Groups and others local affiliates. "Partnership" was the focus of the representative from Cote d'Ivoire.
Basing on the lessons learned from collaborating with GLAM actors in Cote d'Ivoire, he explained how partnering with GLAMS could have a tremendous impact on User Groups' capacities in terms of content creation but also logistics (spaces for activities, internet, snacks for events, etc).