Plaxedes Chaitezvi is the Women’s University in Africa Librarian with effect from 1 December 2021. She leads efforts to cultivate information services that support the teaching and research of the Women’s University in Africa community and the international community of scholars. She administers the Women’s University in Africa Libraries system, comprised of five libraries and a state-of-the-art, repository. She also works closely with the university's deans to ensure that the libraries are contributing fully to Women’s University in Africa teaching and research initiatives.

Women’s University in Africa Libraries is a private libraries with over 25 000 volumes of resources in a variety of formats. 

Prior to being named University Librarian in December 2021, Chaitezvi served as Sub Librarian and eventually Deputy Librarian of Women’s University. 

Ms Chaitezvi was a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Council where she participated in the Zimbabwean Government ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and approval of the National Intellectual Property Policy and Implementation Strategy. She was also the Country Coordinator of the Intellectual Property issues in the Librarianship arena. She was also the Country Coordinator of the Open Access Movement. She is currently a member of the ZIBF Program and Logistics Committee Member; the Zimbabwe Universities Libraries Consortium (ZULC): Zimbabwe Library Association and Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

Her research interests include Open Educational Resources and the Open Science movement and digitalics.

Previously, Ms Chaitezvi was the Multimedia Librarian for Radio and Broadcasting Services in Botswana.  In this role, she designed, implemented, coordinated, and established 5 multimedia libraries; she also trained fellow librarians in preservation and preservation of various media formats. 

Ms Chaitezvi completed her dissertation entitled, “Factors affecting adoption of Open Educational Resources by Zimbabwean Universities” at the National University of Science and Technology in fulfilment of her MSc.  She earned her Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science from University of Botswana and also holds a BA in Economic History from University of Zimbabwe.  Prior to a career in librarianship, Ms Chaitezvi taught History in Zimbabwe public High school.


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