28 MAY 2023
AfLIA welcomes 2023-2025 Governing Council and first female president at the 5th AfLIA Conference and 7th African Library Summit
The 5th AfLIA Conference and 7th African Library Summit held at the Erata Hotel in Accra- Ghana, marked a significant milestone for the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) as the organization inaugurated the 2023-2025 Governing Council and celebrated the election of their first female president, Professor Rosemary Shafack.
The conference, which coincided with AfLIA’s 10th anniversary, was held under the theme “Future of learning, libraries, and sustainable development in Africa.” The event provided a platform for professionals in the library and information field to discuss and shape the future of their profession on the African continent.
During the conference, the newly elected AfLIA Governing Council for the 2023-2025 term was introduced, accompanied by the executives of the various sections within AfLIA including National Libraries, Parliamentary Libraries, Academic Libraries, Special Libraries, Public and Community Libraries, National Library Associations, Academic Libraries, as well as Library Education and Training Institutions.
In her presidential address, Professor Rosemary Shafack expressed her gratitude and acknowledged the exemplary leadership of the previous AfLIA presidents, Dr. John Tsebe, Mandla Tombela, and Alhadji Alim Garga. She pledged to build upon their achievements and fulfill her duties to the best of her ability, guided by the vision of a strong and sustainable African library community.
President Shafack emphasized the pivotal role of libraries and information services in driving societal development, fostering equal opportunities, and providing access to lifelong learning, education, research, innovation, culture, and recreation. She underscored the importance of embracing digital advancements and positioning professional skills to meet the evolving information needs of the continent.
The 2023 AfLIA Conference provided a platform for networking, sharing best practices, and advancing the collective goals of the African library and information sector. The event attracted professionals, scholars, and stakeholders from across Africa and beyond, contributing to a vibrant exchange of ideas and strategies for the future of libraries in Africa.
AfLIA’s milestone of electing its first female president, and council members representative of all sub-regions in Africa aligns with its commitment to diversity and inclusivity, empowering women to play leadership roles in shaping the library and information landscape. The Association remains dedicated to promoting libraries as catalysts for sustainable development and equitable access to information and knowledge throughout Africa.
Below is the full list of the new leadership: 2023-2025 AfLIA Council Members
|Prof. Rosemary Shafack
|Sarah Iyaloo Negumbo
|Mr. Alim Garga
|Immediate Past President
|Dr. Helena Asamoah-Hassan
|Mr. Kepi Madumo
|Chairperson: National Libraries Section
|Dr Mac-Anthony Cobblah
|Chairperson: Academic Libraries & Library Consortia Section
|Chairperson: Parliamentary Libraries Section
|Chairperson: National Library Association Section
|Chairperson: Public and Community Libraries Section
|Dr. Sarah Kaddu
|Chairperson: Library Education and Training Institutions (LETIS) Section
|Chairperson: Special Libraries Section
|Velly Koumba Landry
|Central Africa representative
|Eric Nelson Haumba
|Eastern Africa representative
|North Africa representative
|Southern Africa representative
|Mrs. Neemat Abdulrahim
|West Africa representative
|French Speaking West Africa rep
|Portuguese Speaking Africa rep
|Secretary (AfLIA Staff)
|Dr. Nem Osuigwe
|Director of Human Capacity Development & Training