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 […]
January 24, 2019

Public Libraries and dissemination of Information at Correctional Services

Victoria Isaacks is a librarian with the Namibia Library & Archives Services, Windhoek and a participant of AfLIA Leadership Academy - Cohort 1. For her, libraries have always been about dissemination of books and information resources to change lives.
January 24, 2019

Libraries as youth empowerment centres

Miriam Mureithi, is another AfLAc participant. She is a principal librarian at Kenya National Library Services, Thika Branch. After gaining the understanding that the community should be the primary focus of public libraries, not just the books on the shelves, Miriam together with her team of librarians decided to empower the youths of her community by closing the gap in their Information Technology and entrepreneurial skills.
January 24, 2019

Establishment of Readers’ Clubs in Basic Schools

Reading is very essential to every child's education. It is the pathway to high performance and success in school. Early childhood reading develops an impressive capacity for imagination, a precursor to creativity and innovation. But when children cannot read effectively, they find it difficult to follow lessons in the classroom and writing assignments.
January 23, 2019

Promotion of digital innovation and literacy skills for students and teachers

Bakary understands that digital literacy is the language of the present as well as the future since those who cannot share, learn, network and perform other basic functions in an online environment would be left behind in this century.
January 1, 2019

“Library made me”

This is a story of Daouda Sow, a “library-made man”. This story is not based on a myth, but on true facts. Daouda received primary education in a Sengalese village called Hombo in northern Senegal until he obtained the certificate of elementary studies and afterward.......
January 1, 2019

Freedom to exist, to Aspire, to Be – Libraries and Human rights

Libraries are bridges. They act as equalizers in the society, opening their doors to all so that everyone can aspire to be free from the shackles of ignorance, poverty, and segregation. Libraries provide platforms for people to come in contact with dreams, ideas and activities of the past and present and to become energized to dream of possibilities and greatness of the future without boundaries restrictions or limitations.
December 31, 2018

Promote county Library services bill, 2015; Kenya, for literacy development

The devolved system of governance in Kenya can only work best where the acceleration of information is indispensable. Libraries are institutions that have the ability to bridge the gap between knowledge and ignorance.
December 30, 2018

Libraries & Librarians: your other best place & friend

“So, did you go to school to earn a Masters” degree on how to arrange books?”, “Exactly what do you do as a librarian?”, “Why do I need to come to the library when I can use the internet for everything?”. These are questions I am always asked since I began my career as a librarian.
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, […]
March 22, 2022

AfLIA LETIS Newsletter: Keynote Address

The first newsletter of the Library Education & Training Institutions Section of AfLIA. Keynote Address
March 22, 2022

AfLIA LETIS Chairperson’s Address: Dr. Sarah Kaddu

The first newsletter of the Library Education & Training Institutions Section of AfLIA. Address of Chairperson.
February 7, 2022

AfLIA Open Days 2022

AfLIA specially invites you to attend its 2022 Open Days from February 14, 2022 to March 3, 2022
January 17, 2022

Giant in African Library sector called home

The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) announces the passing of Prof Rocky Ralebipi-Simela. AfLIA was informed that Prof Rocky passed on Sunday, 16th January, 2022. Prof. Rocky was the Chairperson of African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) Section on National Libraries (2015-2019) thus, represented the Section in […]
November 11, 2021

#GivingTuesday 2021: Building possibilities through your generosity

Prepare to make a donation this #GivingTuesday. Even though this campaign will last 24 hours, your donation and its impact will change the destinies of many library users across Africa.
November 10, 2021

Webinar: Promoting visibility for research through DataCite DOIs

Join us on December 1, 2021 to learn more about how to make research visible and create more impact using DataCite DOIs.
October 19, 2021

2021 OAWeek – AfLIA celebrations to promote structural equity for Open Access

To mark 2021 OAWeek, AfLIA has lined up two major activities intended to lead discussions and promote actions plans needed to sustain ongoing efforts that ensure structural equity for open access across the continent.
September 28, 2021

2021 #AccessToInfoDay – a clarion call to pursue sustainable pathways for access to information

2021 #AccessToInfoDay - a clarion call to pursue sustainable pathways for access to information
September 26, 2021

Webinar series: Copyright issues and African Libraries

Webinar series: Copyright issues and African Libraries
September 26, 2021

African Librarians invited to participate in 2021 Open Access Survey

African Librarians invited to participate in 2021 Open Access Week Survey.
August 31, 2021

Webinar: Early literacy dev’t in African Libraries – Survey findings

Join us on the 2021 International Literacy Day, 8th September 2021 by 10:30 (GMT) to learn more about the interesting findings from a baseline study on Early literacy development in African Libraries.
August 27, 2021

Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing – partial scholarship available for African Librarians

Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing - partial scholarship available for African Librarians
August 3, 2021

AfLIA approves personal / individual membership

AfLIA wishes to inform librarians in Africa and the Diaspora that individual membership category will be available from January 2022.
July 28, 2021

Webinar – AfLIA membership: What’s in it for me and my library?

In light of promoting inclusion and sustainability, the National Libraries Section of AfLIA invites all library and information professionals to a webinar on the topic "AfLIA membership: What’s in it for me and my library?"
June 11, 2021

Webinar Series – Libraries in Development: Advancing Library Visibility in Africa

Many libraries desire more partnerships with development organizations to increase their local impacts but are unsure of how to connect. This webinar series focuses on enhancing library visibility based on research findings
June 9, 2021

Copyright and Legal Matters Working Group (CLMWG), AfLIA

AfLIA has set up a Copyright and Legal Matters Working Group charged with identifying existing legal frameworks and barriers to the acquisition, use, digitisation, and long-term preservation of library resources and cultural documentary records and effective 21st century information and library services in Africa.
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.
June 1, 2021

Wikipedia in African Libraries Course – #WikiAfLibs: Call for Cohort 2

Registration is open for the 2nd Cohort of the Wikipedia in African Libraries short course. Registration ends on 10th June, 2021
May 10, 2021

Job Alert: Content Developer for a course on Early Literacy Development

10th May, 2020 Description African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA), the umbrella body for the African Library sector is recruiting a Content Developer for a course on Early Literacy Development. It is a 2-month contract, June – July 2021. The Content Developer will work remotely but closely with the AfLIA […]
May 3, 2021

2021 African Librarians Week – AfLibWk 2.0

Starting 17th-24th May, 2021, AfLIA will launch the second African Librarians Week, an exciting period where African library and information professionals concertedly provide reliable and factual information to the world through Wikipedia
April 23, 2021

AfLIA 2021 Virtual Conference – Schedule

Pre-Conference – Monday, 24th May, 2021 – Open to all Monday, 24th May, 2021 Pre-Conference Wikipedia Workshop (Open to All)Theme – Wikipedia, Wikidata and Libraries English Speaking participants – 10:30 – 12:30 (GMT / UTC) Facilitators – Alice Kibombo (AfLIA WiR) & Wynand van der Walt (LIASA/Wikimedia ZA) French Speaking participants – […]
April 23, 2021

African Sustainable Development Goals Book Club launches on World Book Day

On 23 April 2021, World Book and Copyright Day, the African Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Book Club released its first ever reading lists of African titles aimed at children age 6-12, to teach them about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili and in an honorary indigenous African language .
April 21, 2021

AfLIA Statement on Jagger Library, University of Cape Town Libraries’ Fire

21ST APRIL 2021 AfLIA has learnt of the fire disaster on 18th April 2021 that gutted the Reading Room of the Jagger Library as well as the loss of some collections at the University of Cape Town Library. We have sent private messages to our colleagues already. This is a great loss […]
April 16, 2021

AfLIA partners with NBA for early literacy development project

16TH APRIL, 2021 African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) has signed an agreement with Neil Butcher and Associates (NBA) to develop a course on early literacy development. The course will train public and community librarians in eighteen (18) African countries to understand and practice techniques for teaching children vocabulary development, print […]
March 3, 2021

AfLIA Conference 2021 goes virtual!!

The 4th AfLIA Conference and 6th African Library Summit will transition to a fully online, virtual experience. It is scheduled to hold in May 2021.
March 3, 2021

Call for papers: International LIS Practice

Call for papers: International Library & Information Science Practice. A festschrift in honour of Dr. Helena Asamoah-Hassan