June 8, 2021

Data for advocacy: A survey of data practices in African library systems

The data for advocacy report summarizes findings from the survey including what data is collected by library organizations; how the data is used; how data is shared; how data is involved in decision making; and the experience of data collection.
January 15, 2021

Wikipedia @20: Birthday wishes from AfLIA & African Librarians

AfLIA rejoices with Wikipedia, as it marks its 20th anniversary.
November 2, 2020

Underscoring the importance of information marketing as a vital skill by librarians in post COVID-19 era

The future is bright and clear for any librarian who wants to diversify into information marketing. Read to know why....
September 15, 2020

Research on African Libraries in Development: Perceptions and Possibilities

The Advancing Library Visibility in Africa Project shares updates on learning from our research on African Libraries in Development Perceptions and Possibilities
July 31, 2020

Wikipedia project for African Librarians: Liberating Knowledge

With grant support from the Wikimedia Foundation, AfLIA's Wikipedian in Residence and Curriculum Development Consultant will adapt the OCLC curriculum to the African context and train librarians from all library types in 30 African countries.
May 23, 2020

All you need to know about the #AfLibWk & #1Lib1Ref campaign

From 24th to 30th May 2020, the first African Librarians Week, #AfLibWk kicks in! African library and information professionals will be adding accurate and reliable sources to articles on Wikipedia.
April 22, 2020

Suite of COVID-19 Resources for Librarians

AfLIA is supporting librarians with information about platforms that can aid the provision of online services as the impact of the COVID19 pandemic intensifies.
March 31, 2020

Misinformation on COVID-19: Call to action

AfLIA believes that as managers of information, African librarians cannot afford to stay on the side lines and act unconcerned while fakenews about COVID19 continues to spread. This is the time for librarians to play their part by disseminating correct, reliable, relevant information that will make Africans concerned without instigating panic and bursting myths and disinformation that can help the pandemic wax strong in the continent.
February 26, 2020

Libraries Are More than Books

I travelled with Cohort 2, AfLIA Leadership Academy(AfLAc) to Nashville. We visited the Nashville Public Library to engage with ideas & possibilities as a prelude to #PLA2020 and to understand the American public libraries system better. I am learning a lot but the visit to the Civil Rights Room has triggered off emotions, a new understanding of the place of librarians in shaping Africa and resolutions to rise above the ordinary, push beyond known and unknown boundaries and step into a new vista of librarianship.
February 5, 2020

Thika Library, knls + AfLIA Leadership Academy = Transformed Community services

Miriam Mureithi, an AfLAc Cohort 1 participant, takes readers through her "Youth Empowerment Initiative", has transformed Thika library, knls from a mere reading place to an information and community centre with the support of her colleague librarians and organizations based in the community.
January 27, 2020

Why join us: Membership benefits of AfLIA

AfLIA is an institutional membership based organization. Our membership cuts across all the regions in Africa and comprises of all library and information types. Here are 6 major reasons why your library or information association or institution must be part of us.
December 17, 2019

Extended opening hours to the rescue: how Bulawayo Public Library changed the lives of students!

Read how Bulawayo Public Library is making impact on students and workers through a laudable initiative by one our INELI SSAf Cohort 2 participants.
November 13, 2019

Librarians’ role in Organizations: A call to action in a digital era

A lot has been said about the role of libraries in this digital era. Some claim that the library will be replaced by the digital information providers, others claim that the role of librarians will be obsolete and taken over by the ICT professionals. I do not intend to discuss about the debate because enough has been said about it and still more is being discussed.
September 28, 2019

African Librarians have a stake in ensuring Universal Access to Information

The Day is being celebrated with series of activities across the globe and AfLIA, the trusted voice for the African Library and Information community is not left out. We caught up with some Council members to share their thoughts on International Day for Universal Access to Information, particularly the significance of this year's theme "Leaving No One Behind" and what role African Libraries and relevant stakeholders can play in ensuring access to information for all. 
September 2, 2019

Weaponisation of misinformation – the role of Librarians in curbing the epidemic

False or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive' and to dis-empower. Misinformation becomes a weapon when it is surreptitiously used to sway or control public opinion, widely propagate false narratives for the purposes of gaining commercial, political or social advantages.
July 19, 2019

Literacy and Beyond

Most Africans perceive public libraries as spaces with dusty tomes where people go to read and study especially just before examinations. For many, libraries are all about education and the elites but times are changing......!
June 30, 2019

African Libraries mark 2019 Day of the African Child, in grand style

The African Library community marked this day by engaging children, who come from of all walks of life, through a number of innovative, educative and fun-based activities and programmes, while emphasizing the need for quality education and access to the basic necessities of life for every African child.
June 6, 2019

2019 Day of the African Child. Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First

2019 Day of the African Child Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First.
June 3, 2019

Copyright Limitations and Exceptions Chat on Twitter

Here are excerpts of the Copyright Limitations and Exceptions Chat on Twitter that we held as a prelude to the WIPO Africa Regional seminar? You can also see all on AfLIA's Twitter handle - @AfLIACon
May 29, 2019

Our Stand on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Associated Information Institutions

Here is AfLIA's stand on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Associated Information Institutions
April 23, 2019

2019 WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY

Today, the World observes World Book and Copyright Day, a special day set aside by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. April 23, also marks the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, all died.
March 8, 2019

Celebrating International Women’s Day: An up-close interview with Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela

“Do not go it alone ever. It is when you work with others that you learn and grow both professionally and individually” – Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on March 8 each year.  It is a time when the world reflects on past struggles and […]
March 2, 2019

Invitation to contribute to AfLIA Blog – the African Library Vibes

AfLIA wishes to introduce to all, – the African Library Vibes. This is an online space set up with the primary aim of providing an international forum where authors and readers within the LIS sector, especially in Africa, can converge, interact and share knowledge for the promotion and development of LIS in the continent and beyond.
January 25, 2019

AfLIA Leadership Academy Cohort 1

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.
January 25, 2019

Curbing Teenage Pregnancies through Access to Reproductive Health Information

Published: January 25, 2019 by Beatrice Adwoa Ampadu An AfLIA Leadership Academy Cohort 1 Project In Ghana, Beatrice Adwoa Ampadu worked with the Ministry of Education and Health as well as NGOs, Churches and community leaders on providing health information and sanitary wares to students to curb the rampant teenage pregnancy problem […]
January 25, 2019

Public Libraries contributing to community health: introducing the Outapi Library Fitness Club

Cathryn Ndeshipanda Shikuni, a librarian in Outapi Community Library, Namibia is a participant in AfLIA Leadership Academy. She observed that members of her community, struggle to keep fit and live healthier lifestyles. She investigated and found out that there was a lone gym in the community which charged exorbitantly.
January 24, 2019

Bibliotherapy for children in hospitals

Published: January 24, 2020 by Pranisha Parag An AfLIA Leadership Academy Cohort 1 Project Pranisha Parag, a participant in AfLIA Leadership Academy Cohort 1, is deeply concerned about children who are hospitalized for long periods. During periods of long stay at hospitals, children usually have nothing to face up to except drugs […]
January 24, 2019

Improving Fish farming and productivity in Sapele Community and its environs

Friday Imoni-Atebafia, a participant of AfLAc Cohort 1 embarked on a mission to improve fish farming and productivity in Sapele community and its environs
January 24, 2019

Mobile book-box. Books anywhere

by Adonia Katungisa An AfLIA Leadership Academy Cohort 1 Project Reading empowers and prospers. Children read more when there are books available for them. School libraries provide the opportunity for young people to read for broader understanding outside of what is taught in the classrooms. The inadequate number of libraries and paucity […]
January 24, 2019

Plastic pollution, how the library can sustain its community to save our planet

Published: January 24, 2020 by Afusat Olaroju Ogunjimi An AfLIA Leadership Academy Cohort 1 Project Afusat Olaroju Ogunjimi is a participant in AfLIA Leadership Academy Cohort 1. She works in Oyo State Library Board, Oyo town, Nigeria. Afusat has always been passionate about her routine duties as a librarian but her understanding […]