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Unlocking Knowledge at the University of Namibia

December 1, 2023

A librarian's perspective on Elsevier's value

At Elsevier we aspire to be a collaborator, not just a provider. Our Elsevier team, based in Africa, understands the challenges faced by libraries in Africa and are willing to engage in meaningful conversations about book needs and budget constraints.

From Irmela Pfohl, Senior Librarian in Technical Services at the University of Namibia, here is the story of how the University of Namibia meets its research needs with Elsevier books while working within budgetary challenges.

In the realm of academia, providing quality research materials on a tight budget is a constant challenge. Irmela Pfohl, the Director of Technical Services at the University of Namibia, has over 20 years of experience and understands the importance of efficient book acquisition strategies across the university's campuses.

Ebooks play a vital role in this effort, as they are accessible 24/7 and eliminate the need for multiple copies. Usage reports, including turnaway data, guide the library in making informed decisions and allocating limited resources effectively.

Irmela offers three tips for libraries seeking to enhance their research tools:

  • Highlight open access resources with a discovery tool.

  • Assess available titles in different databases to avoid duplication.

  • Prioritize building smaller, more cost-effective packages tailored to specific needs.

Irmela notes: "Elsevier has been a reliable partner, offering quality books and collaborative support. The university's subscription to Elsevier's journal databases expanded to include a focus collection in agriculture, leading to increased ebook usage and a successful, long-term collaboration."

Irmela Pfohl, Senior Librarian Technical Services, University of Namibia

Elsevier offers a range of flexible book subscription models designed to help libraries deliver essential content without breaking the bank, a testament to our commitment to knowledge accessibility for all, irrespective of budget challenges.

We invite you to explore the possibilities, engage in conversations with Elsevier, and discover how together, we can empower our institutions to excel in the pursuit of knowledge. Your library's potential is limitless, and Elsevier is here to help you unlock it.