Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

From the IFLA listserv

It is with great pleasure that the UNISA Library,  the IFLA Regional Office for Africa and IFLA Africa Section invite you to the African Library Summit 2011. Registrations are now open: http://guest.cvent.com/d/0dqgtn

The theme of the Summit

The theme of the Summit is The Future of African Librarianship.

The purpose of the Summit

The purpose of the Summit is to create an exciting and collaborative business atmosphere that will stimulate critical debate on library and information service issues with a view to developing an action plan for quality library services and librarianship on the African continent. The Summit will also provide the networking opportunities so vital to any professional community.

Leading library and information executives from the African continent will attend this three- day high-level strategy event from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th May 2011.

The venue

The African Library Summit 2011 will take place at Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

Registration fee

If registered by Thursday 31 March 2011, the cost is US $380 per delegate.

Registrations received after 31 March 2011: US $450 per delegate

For a Currency Converter: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter

The registration fee includes:

·        Lunch and evening meals on all three days of the Summit

·        Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks

·        The Opening and Closing Events (11 and 13 May 2011)

·        Visit to the Cradle of Humankind or a Unisa Library Tour on the last day of the Summit

The registration fee excludes:

·        Travel and accommodation

·        Airport shuttles

·        Optional activities

·        Anything not otherwise specified


Accommodation is available at the Summit venue (Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa). Accommodation rates (in South African Rand) vary between R890 and R12,000 per person per night. Accommodation rates include breakfast.

There are also accommodation available very near to the Summit venue. Accommodation rates vary from R375 to R750 per person per night.

For more information and the preliminary programme, please visit our website:  African Library Summit 2011


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Copyright Clearance Center’s Beyond the Book program interviews Dennie Heye of Shell in the Netherlands, and Stephen Kizza, an Assistant Librarian for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Resource Center in Kampala, Uganda. Heye hopes to raise enough funds for his colleague Kizza to join him at the 2010 SLA annual conference in New Orleans. They are both members of the Petroleum and Energy Resources division of SLA, sharing professional ideas and collaborated on projects.

Here they are interviewed about the challenges facing many libraries in the developing world.  Heye discusses the professional support system SLA can give librarians in developing countries; likewise Kissa addresses how access to the internet and open access to information has affected the resource center and the patrons he serves in Uganda.

More about these global information partners can be heard on the SLA “Beyond the Book” podcast (28:28m] here or by downloading the podcast.

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In a New York Times article published yesterday, African children demand “Give us libraries and librarians.”
And it’s so sad —  You would never hear a child in the United States, Canada, the EU demanding information and education this way.

Even where there are libraries, very few countries (outside of South Africa) have started looking at library infrastructure  and knowledge management, said Kimbo Mchombu, a professor at the University of Namibia. Because of this African countries  are falling behind in building online libraries and digital archives.

I would hate to be the one on the management chopping block to say no to libraries for these kids:

The marchers in Cape Town, who numbered in the thousands. The marchers echoed a children's uprising against apartheid in 1976.  NYT/ Pieter Bauermeister

The marchers in Cape Town, who numbered in the thousands. The marchers echoed a children's uprising against apartheid in 1976. NYT/ Pieter Bauermeister

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In the  keynote speech at the Nigerian Library Association in Ibadan, Omolewa, Nigerian UNESCO delegate Prof. Michael Omolewa said Africa needs (and loves) it’s librarians.

A world without librarians and a library would be void, unexciting and without consolation of any type

Repost from the Resource Shelf:  Nigeria: World Without Librarians, Library, Void

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The Lubuto Library Project is accepting applications for a Lubuto Literacy Fellow to help with literacy programming in libraries in Zambia. Qualified library professionals may apply for this Fulbright position to develop the literacy program and to teach children’s literature and library services to children at the University of Zambia, to both education and library studies students.

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in a library-related field and expertise in teaching library and information science.  As Fulbright award #9109, the position will include a salary and living stipend for the candidate and his/her family for one year.

The opening is for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Applications will not be accepted until early March 2009.

Additional background and details for this position are located on the Lubuto website at: http://www.lubuto.org/fulbright.html.

repost from http://lubuto.org

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In an effort to expand the reach of the limited reference materials available to universities across the nation, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MoE) is finalizing its preparations to launch a nationwide electronic library system. The online database will hold all available books and other reference records from government universities, including all 21 state run universities. The government also hopes to increase its post-graduate programs through online education.

Presenting a nine months performance report to parliament last Thursday, Education Minister Demeke Mekonnen said installment, inspection and other support for the system will be provided by independent companies for a period of three years.
The education ministry says setbacks, such as a lack of adequate copies of books and even absence of essential books in some university, will be eased as all the books university offer students will be a click away.

Taken from ethioplanet. More information online at the Ethiopian Ministry of Education.

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