Dear Hifa members, the topic on OA has attracted attention from our members because of its importance to research findings which a lot of our members would like to access without many barriers and restrictions. Research is key to development for very nation and because of that value, findings should be collababorated. It is for this reason OA comes to play. Attempts have been to reduce the barrier but more needs to done. We also Thank a growing number of sponsors for Hifa network. In view of that the proposal by Charles Dhewa and Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji of having a face to face conference in Africa should be supported. Why having in Africa? Because that is where most the concerns are coming from including medium income countries. This issue of OA should be tackled from the source where the majority of researchers and users are experiencing a lot of challenges which need to be addressed at such a gathering face to face. This is issue is too important to be concluded online. We need experts to come to Africa and hear from their fellow experts who may not have an opportunity to travel to America or Europę. A good number of international conferences are held outside and brilliant resolutions and fantastic recommendations made on behalf of Africa but at the end of that it is business as usual and often times no one to follow the resolutions and impliment. It is for this reason that a conference of such magnitude is held at the source so that Africans themselves would claim ownership and impliment resolutions.
HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. klchanda AT gmail.com