March 28, 2022

Exchange Students between Makerere University (Uganda) and University of Borås (Sweden)

EASLIS receive support to undertake international students and staff exchange between the EASLIS and the Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and Information Technology. 
March 28, 2022

The Wind of Fortune: Musings of a Library Assistant turned Professor of Library and Information Studies

The Wind of Fortune: Musings of a Library Assistant turned Professor of Library and Information Studies. Story by Prof. Kenneth Ivo Ngozi Nwalo, CLN
March 28, 2022

My Experience as an International Student at the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University

My Experience as an International Student at the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University Story by Abubakar Mohammed
March 28, 2022

The Technical University of Kenya: Reflections of a proud Alumnus

When I look back and reflect on the times I spent at my Alma Mater, I get every reason to thank the Technical University of Kenya for making me the person that I am today.
March 22, 2022

“What you see is what you get; the me I see, the me I will be”

“What you see is what you get; the me I see, the me I will be”. Story by Lucy Wachera Kibe
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 31, 2023

The African Librarysites platform: Official Launch & Orientation

AfLIA invites all library and information professionals and stakeholders within the African Library Sector to participate in a virtual launch ceremony for the African Librarysites platform.
January 23, 2023

AfLIA Wikidata Online Course – registration now open

AfLIA is excited to announce that registration is now open for enrolment in the AfLIA Wikidata Online Course. Participation is open to all librarians and other information professionals in Africa. This project is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation.
December 31, 2022

5th AfLIA Conference & 7th African Library Summit – registration open

Registration now open for the 5th AfLIA Conference & 7th African Library Summit.
December 6, 2022

Introducing the African Librarysites platform: a continental source of consolidated library location data for development

Introducing the African Librarysites platform: a continental source of consolidated library location data for development
December 5, 2022

Invitation to a 2-day virtual workshop on Data Librarianship

AfLIA’s Library Education and Training Institution Section (LETIS), in collaboration with the LIS Department of the University of Western Cape, is organizing a hands-on virtual workshop 8-9 December 2022 to train information professionals on data librarianship and research data management skills.
November 21, 2022

AfLIA partners with NBA to implement UNESCO OER Recommendations

AfLIA partners with NBA to implement UNESCO OER Recommendations
November 21, 2022

AfLIA takes on four Wikimedians for the Wikidata Project

AfLIA has taken on four experienced Wikimedians to lead the charge in developing a learning framework (curriculum, modules and learning materials} for a Wikidata course and train English and French course participants, taking into cognisance their digital skills set, internet facilities/penetration, African meanings, values and learning milieu in the continent.
October 15, 2022

Webinar: An introduction to Data Librarianship

AfLIA’s Library Education and Training Institution Section (LETIS) is organizing a free webinar on November 3, 2022 to introduce information professionals to data librarianship as well as capacitate information practitioners with research data management skills through hands-on workshops.
August 27, 2022

Webinar: An introduction to Wikisource – the free digital library

In keeping with the International Literacy Day, AfLIA is organizing a webinar on the topic "An introduction to Wikisource - the free digital library". Participation is free
August 17, 2022

Understanding and implementation of OER practices in the African library and information science sector

This webinar aims at probing the understanding of OER by African librarians, the uptake in different countries in Africa as well as challenges experienced or envisaged.
August 10, 2022

AfLIA opens the Call for the 2023 Conference Papers, Ignite Talks, Posters and Big Ideas proposals

The 5th AfLIA Conference and 7th African Library Summit - AfLIA opens the Call for papers, ignite talks, posters and big ideas proposals.
August 7, 2022

Intergenerational solidarity: African libraries creating a world for all ages

Join AfLIA, on the International Youth Day 2022, for a discussion that interrogates social constructs within the African communitiess that libraries can build upon for creating intergenerational solidarity.
August 2, 2022

AfLIA President, Mr. Alim Garga, pays working visit to Gabon

The President of the African Library and Information Association and Institutions, Mr. Alim Garga, embarked on a three-day working visit to Libreville, Gabon, at his own cost, to meet and interact with Gabonese library and information institutions and professionals from May 23-27, 2022. The visit was occasioned as part of AfLIA’s partnership and membership mobilization strategy to promote the continental association.
July 5, 2022

Job Opening – French Facilitator for Wikidata Course

AfLIA is looking for a course facilitator to work remotely but closely with the Course Manager/Facilitator and the AfLIA team for seven months to create a learning framework (curriculum, modules and learning materials) in French for the AfLIA/Wikidata course.
July 1, 2022

Climate crisis, disaster management and African libraries – webinar

AfLIA is organizing a webinar series on 13-14 July, 2022 to discuss how libraries can be pivotal in fighting this existential threat  and how these institutions of knowledge and heritage can be protected in times of disasters.
June 23, 2022

Job Opening – Curriculum Development Consultant

AfLIA is looking to fill the position of Curriculum Development Consultant for a 2-months contract under the project "Promoting open knowledge practices in African Libraries through WikiData" .
June 20, 2022

Job Opening – Wikidata Course Manager/Facilitator

AfLIA is looking for a competent trainer to fill the position of Wikidata Course Manager/Facilitator.
June 17, 2022

Improving library service delivery for early literacy development in Africa: Best practices

Join our discussants from Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the moderator from Ghana as they dive deep and share their impactful experiences of the recently concluded Early Literacy Development course which exposed them to possibilities and pathways in early literacy development.
June 15, 2022

AfLIA receives a grant for promoting open knowledge practices in African libraries through Wikidata

AfLIA has received a second grant from Wikimedia Foundation for the training of at least two hundred (200) information professionals in the African library and information science sector from 20 or more African countries on how to effectively open up and link knowledge by making their library collections more visible through Wikidata.
May 16, 2022

AfLibWk 3.0 – List of articles that need citations

Here is a list of articles on Wikipedia that require additional citations. We have compiled these so that #AfLibWk 3.0 contributors can use as a starting point for making edits and adding credible references during the 2022 African Librarians Week.
May 9, 2022

Introducing Champions for the 3rd African Librarians Week 1Lib1Ref campaign

Published : 9 MAY 2022 / Updated : 19 MAY 2022 The default setting for libraries has always been ‘open’. The African Librarians Week (#AfLibWk) was instituted to help African librarians and others in the information sector to open up knowledge on Wikipedia by adding citations that make the online encyclopaedia accurate and […]
March 28, 2022

Exchange Students between Makerere University (Uganda) and University of Borås (Sweden)

EASLIS receive support to undertake international students and staff exchange between the EASLIS and the Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and Information Technology. 
March 28, 2022

The Wind of Fortune: Musings of a Library Assistant turned Professor of Library and Information Studies

The Wind of Fortune: Musings of a Library Assistant turned Professor of Library and Information Studies. Story by Prof. Kenneth Ivo Ngozi Nwalo, CLN
March 28, 2022

My Experience as an International Student at the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University

My Experience as an International Student at the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University Story by Abubakar Mohammed
March 28, 2022

The Technical University of Kenya: Reflections of a proud Alumnus

When I look back and reflect on the times I spent at my Alma Mater, I get every reason to thank the Technical University of Kenya for making me the person that I am today.
March 22, 2022

“What you see is what you get; the me I see, the me I will be”

“What you see is what you get; the me I see, the me I will be”. Story by Lucy Wachera Kibe
March 22, 2022

My Academic Journey: Erasto C. Kabalo

Story by Erasto C. Kabalo, Student, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Throughout my entire academic journey, I have been through an abundance of ups and downs. Most of my academic successes and triumphs begun at College when I decided to venture into Information Science profession between 2010 – 2013, while pursuing […]
March 22, 2022

Criss-crossing career paths. From Library Administrator to Lecturer, to University Librarian to Lecturer: My story

Story by Assoc. Prof. Perpetua Dadzie Early Beginnings I have worked in libraries in Ghana and Overseas in several capacities. In Ghana, I worked as an Assistant Librarian at the Ghana Standards Authority which is a Special Library. In Honduras, I was a Librarian at the Escuela Internacional Sampedrana (American School Library) […]
March 22, 2022

Destiny Child; Finishing Strong; Proudly Librarian!

Story by Dr. Victoria Okojie My career as a librarian started in 1984 when I was appointed Librarian II at the Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan after my Masters’ Degree in Library Science at the University of Ibadan. My University Librarian was eagerly waiting for me to assume duty […]
March 22, 2022

Life at the University of Botswana: a student’s experience

Story by Amogelang Neo Kerebotswe. University of Botswana is a government institution established by an Act of Parliament on the 1st of July 1982. It offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It also offers professional development courses through the Centre for Continuing Education. This University has 3 campuses in Gaborone, Francistown, […]