Belarus Council of Libraries on Information Cooperation (BelCoLib) was established on the initiative of the National Library of Belarus and comprises over 37 university, public and special libraries. BelCoLib as a successor of BelLibnet co-ordinates activities of libraries with EIFL and have initiated OA movement in Belarus. The working group on OA is responsible for coordination of the activities aimed at promotion of OA initiative in Belarus.
EIFL supports Belarus in developing OA awareness through BelCoLibNet. The National Library of Belarus provides methodological supports for OA initiatives and the National Academy of Sciences (Institute of Mathematics) has published an OA journal (indexed on DOAJ).
Copyright Law barriers; poor financial support of the OA projects ; limited national internet access.
BelCoLib have made proposals to amendment of the national Copyright Law.
Belarussian State University Digital Library has been developed as a repository and included into ROAR.
Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics has published an OA journal.
BSUIR plans to launch a multidisciplinary OA portal for academic e-journals.
National library of Belarus is planning to develop a corporate Belarussian Open Access Repository.
Details of Key Organizations:
Overview: BelLibNet is a consortium of 27 university, national and special libraries co-ordinating country activities with EIFL under the umbrella of the Belarusian Library Association. Communication address: v_britch(at)nlb.by
Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics
Communication address: Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, 6, Brovka Street, 220027, Minsk, Republic of Belarus; e-mail: webmaster(at)bsuir.by
National Library of Belarus
Overview: National Library of Belarus is the country’s legal deposit library offering loan and reference facilities. Communication address: 116 Independence Avenue, 220114, Minsk, Belarus, Email: v_britch(at)nlb.by
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB)
Overview: The major scientific institution in Belarus, NASB coordinates scientific research activity and serves as an umbrella organisation to support development in the sciences. Communication address: 66 Independence Avenue, Minsk BY-220072, Republic of Belarus; e-mail: nasb(at)presidium.bas-net.by
Library of the Belarusian State University (BSU)
BSU has established the first digital repository for its document collection.
Communication address: Belarusian State University, 4, Nezavisimosti Avenue, 220030, Minsk, Republic of Belarus; e-mail: library(at)bsu.by
Past and Future OA Related Activities:
Fundamental Library of Belarus State University, BelLibNet and EIFL Open Access Awareness Raising workshop in Minsk, Belarus, 2008 resulted in planned national project using Netherlands Cream of Science.
National Library of Belarus EIFL GA 2011, National Library of Belarus VII International Bibliological Conference "Libraries and the policy of open access to information and knowledge".