May 26, 2022

Report: “Transforming Libraries in Myanmar: The E-Library Myanmar Project”

A report on the Oxford University Press blog about the E-Library Myanmar Project written by Myat Sann Nyein, a librarian living in Myanmar.

From the Report/Blog Post:

I have been a lifelong librarian in Myanmar since 1985. It is a great pleasure and honor to share the challenges and success of the e-Library Myanmar Project implemented by EIFL. During the darkest years until 2011, when all information was cut off, I stayed a librarian because I believe in the power of information to improve and transform the libraries and the lives of the librarians in the academic society. For universities, the impact of being cut off from the international community was distressing: scholarship and teaching stagnated; university infrastructure decayed; library collections were limited and out of date, and books were falling apart.

Now Myanmar has a new democratic government and is emerging from decades of isolation – bringing many challenges and many opportunities – and one of the most important is the reform of Higher Education.


We started with two major universities, the universities of Yangon and Mandalay, and soon other universities started approaching us. We simply could not say no. There are now seven partner universities, among them two universities are located in suburban areas, 30 miles away from downtown. 166,000 students and 4,000 academic staff at seven universities in Myanmar now have 24 hour access to more than 14,000 scholarly journals and 150,000 eBooks. EIFL negotiated access to over 40 e-resources and a license to EDS.

Read the Complete Article (approx. 970 words)

Learn More: EIFL E-Library Myanmar Project Web Page

See Also: An Amazing Year For Open Access in Myanmar (via EIFL)

See Also: E-libraries transform scholarship in Myanmar (via Sci.Dev Net; July, 23, 2015)

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