Jill Claassen has worked at University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries as the section manager of scholarly communication and research since November 2014. She has been working in academic librarianship for 18 years. One of sections she oversees at UCT Libraries is scholarly communication and publishing.The philosophy of this publishing service is to share African scholarship, by making it accessible to everyone on the continent and the world. Currently there are five emerging journals, ten monographs and two textbooks on the publishing platforms.
Jill is the co-servicing officer of SPARC Africa’s executive committee since 2017, which aims to advance scholarly communication on the continent.
Jill is a registered PhD candidate in Library and Information Science and her research is on developing an open access publishing model for Africa.