Spinning webs of knowledge in Tanzania

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015

Volunteers travel to Tanzania to give workshops for our Publishers Without Boarders project

Publishers without Boarders - Geraldine Lovell

Elsevier volunteer Geraldine Lovell on Changuu Island, 5.6 kilometers northwest of Zanzibar


An old Ethiopian proverb is inscribed on the wall outside the Addis restaurant in Dar es Salaam:

“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”

This saying came to mind on my last day in Tanzania as I sat in the sun on my hotel terrace reflecting on the four weeks I spent giving workshops with the Publishers Without Borders volunteer project.

Our aim was to show participants what they needed to know in order to digitize and upload their journals to a website or as an eBook.

Eight Elsevier employees were selected from divisions specializing in journal and book publishing, production and marketing to share their knowledge and skills first-hand with Tanzanian scientists, librarians, research managers and publishers via workshops and conferences developed specifically for this project.

Before us, our colleagues gave workshops on journal and book publishing at Dar es Salaam University and surrounding institutions. These sessions gave the participants a solid understanding of the steps involved in setting up a new journal or book through to publication, including vision and strategy. We built on these workshops by adding another key layer: digital publishing.

Click here to read more about Geraldine’s experience as a Publishers without Borders volunteer: