The AfLIA Leadership Academy (AfLAc) is a rigorous, emboldening and inspiring leadership training for public librarians in Africa who need to be equipped with requisite skills that would empower them to be leaders in their libraries and communities. AfLAc imbues librarians with knowledge, skills and enhanced confidence that galvanizes them into seeking solutions to identified community challenges through collaborations in the locality for the provision of innovative information services. It consists of 4 days intensive in-residence training and nine months mentoring of the participants by coaches. The programme was developed in partnership with the Public Library Association of ALA and is modelled after the PLA Leadership Academy.
The Academy aims at providing in-service training for mid-level managers of African public libraries to effectively lead and manage their libraries in the 21st century information provision environment.
The goals of the programme are to:
AfLAC is a nine-month program that includes a five-day residential educational/networking event and a professional coach programme with experienced public library leaders. During this time, leaders will be supported to:
Cohort 1 Participants
A major constituent of the Academy is the development and carrying out of a community project by the participants. The projects are expected to be in answer to challenges in their different communities. AfLIA made it mandatory that the project should be situated within the global and regional development agenda and the National Development Plans of their countries. Participants were required to choose their projects before they entered the Academy. However, after the training most of them had a rethink about the projects. AfLIA gave them the opportunity to promote their projects online. This helped to build their self-esteem and widen their connections with other librarians all over the globe who were offering similar services. It also brought their projects to the attention of wider groups in their communities.