30 JANUARY 2023
Critical to building stronger libraries, and achieving SDG4 and Aspiration 1 and 5 of the AU Agenda 2063 is understanding the library and information sector of Africa. Unfortunately, there is very little data especially about public and community libraries in Africa. This hampers efforts to develop the library sector and its impact on their communities, in general, and opportunities to work in partnership with development agencies.
The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA), working in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) of the University of Washington, Seattle, USA with financial support from the Global Libraries Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has since 2017 been developing a system to make libraries in Africa more visible to stakeholders, potential partners and their users. The project is called the Advancing Library Visibility in Africa (ALVA).
Through this project, an integrated platform (website) known as the African Librarysites platform has been developed to crowdsource and host data about libraries in Africa – including GPS coordinates of libraries, display hosted data in various user-friendly downloadable visual charts and also give free access to end users to download (filterable) library datasets hosted on the platform.
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. Following the launch, AfLIA will hold orientation sessions in English, French and Portuguese to demonstrate how to navigate the platform including contributing library data, exploring library maps, visualizing library statistics and exporting library datasets, among others.
|1||Official launch||7th February 2023||2pm GMT|
|2||Orientation for English speakers ||7th February, 2023||3pm GMT|
|3||Orientation for French speakers [FRANÇAIS]|
Orientation pour les francophones
|8th February, 2023||12noon GMT|
|4||Orientation for Portuguese speakers [PORTUGUÊS]|
Orientação para falantes de português
|9th February, 2023||12noon GMT|
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