Research4Life Stories of Change: How information access is changing the biggest academic library in Myanmar


Research4Life programme has recently launched its new “Stories of Change campaign” !
The first story is about the role of AGORA in the Universities’ Central Library (UCL) at the University of Yangon. Interested in getting more involved or telling the AGORA story from your own organization? Contact AGORA at [email protected]

Research4Life is the collective name for the four programmes – HinariAGORAOARE and ARDI – that provide developing countries with free or low cost access (for free to institutions in group A countries and for a small fee to group B countries) to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

The AGORA programme, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of up to 8,200 key journals and up to 22,000 books to more than 3,100 institutions in more than 115 countries. 

Research4Life is pleased to present its new initiative “STORIES of CHANGE” ... 

- a series of multimedia stories, experiences and reflections collected during the past year from Research4Life users around the world. The "Stories of Change" campaign has also been launched on Facebook!

What you need to know about AGORA 

The Research4Life “Story of Change” is about Yu Yu Tin, the head librarian at the Universities Central Library in Yangon who is working to modernize the biggest academic library in Myanmar. In 2016, despite having just started as chief librarian at ULC, she already had set ambitious goals for the library collection...

The IMPACT Research4Life is making on RESEARCH ... 

"...Programmes like HINARI, AGORA and OARE … give access to many in the developing world … this ensures that … scientific knowledge also comes to the scientists in the developing world so that they can add their own innovation … adapt it to their own environments and really work on the solutions”, Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director of ITOCA (Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa), Pretoria, South Africa.

Research4Life CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT Team Highlights ... 

Ongoing e-learning course "AGORA: Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture". The course aims to provide information about the fundamentals of information literacy competencies and develop necessary skills to access and effectively use AGORA.

# Ongoing e-learning course “Access to scientific information resources in agriculture in low-income countries” (ASIRA). The objective of this online course is to provide a platform to enhance the visibility, accessibility and usability of agricultural data and science particularly in low-income countries.

The Research4Life programmes held training workshops in several countries like Laos, Jordan, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, NigeriaUganda and many more. In addition, ITOCA TEEAL/AGORA courses were also delivered in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda. All Hinari training materials now have this license: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, as will Research4Life-level materials, to encourage wider sharing.



Since the new authentication system is on - AGORA also gained some institutions originally registered for other R4L programmes that now have access to AGORA. 


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