Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The XXth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and South Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) 2012 conference will take place at Intercontinental Hotel, in Nairobi, Kenya from 4th– 8th June 2012 to address the Theme: Information for Sustainable Development in a Digital Environment. For details, visit Kenya Library Association (KLA) website.
Posted by Justin Chisenga at 10:27 AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Developing Knowledge for Economic Advancement in Africa: 2nd International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-2)
The theme of the conference is Developing Knowledge for Economic Advancement in Africa.
For more information, visit the ICADLA-2 website.
Posted by Justin Chisenga at 5:56 AM
Monday, August 15, 2011
|Dr. Chifwepa receiving his certificate|
On 13 August 2011, the Zambia Library Association honoured five individuals for their contribution to the development of the library and information profession in the Zambia and support to ZLA. The five, who were presented with Honorary Membership Certificates, are:
- Professor Maurice Lundu
- Dr. Justin Chisenga
- Dr. Vitalicy Chifwepa
- Dr. Hudwell Mwacalimba
- Mr. Charles Lungu
The certificates were presented by Ms. Francina Makondo, ZLA President, at a Cocktail Party held at the Lake Safari Lodge, in Siavonga.
Posted by Justin Chisenga at 5:04 AM
Saturday, August 13, 2011
|A smiling Ms. Makondo after the elections|
- President: Francina Makondo (University of Zambia)
- Vice President: Charles Banda (Copperbelt University)
- Secretary: Otila Malasa Shikati (National Institute of Public Administration)
- Membership Secretary: Kennedy L. Mutila (Ministry of Education)
- Publicity Secretary: Eric Simukonda (The Post Newspapers Ltd)
- Treasurer: Bishop Phillip Banda (Zambia Revenue Authority)
- Vice Treasurer: Lembani Dambo Chagona (ZCCM Investments Holding PLC)
- Project-Coordinator: Muswa Suuya (National Assembly)
- Editor: Dr. Akakendelwa Akakadelwa (University of Zambia)
- Committee Member: Mirriam Mumba (Zambia Environmental Management Agency)
The only new member to the Executive Committee is Mr. Eric Simukonda who was elected as Publicty Secretary.
Friday, August 12, 2011
|Dr. Vitalicy Chifwepa delivering the keynote address|
- Several competing professions in the information environment resulting in certain jobs which hitherto use to be a preserve for librarians being carried out by other professionals;
- Modern information and communication technologies such as the Internet and Web 2.0/social media have opened up new sources of information to potential library users
|Prof. Mary Wagner|
Prof. Mary Wagner, during her presentation on Public Libraries: Catalyst for Information Literacy indicated that public libraries are essential infrastructure in a democratic society and should play a key and supportive role an information literate society. However, faced with the problems of under-funding and poor library infrastructure, public librarians need to innovate and should consider providing targeted services to their communities within the limited resources available. Potentially, public librarians should target children, adults in employment, immigrants and émigrés, and provide ICT facilities for use by the communities.
In his paper on Information Professionals as "Hybrid Managers” in the Knowledge Economy: A Review from the Zambian Perspective, Mr. Sitali Wamundila, a lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies, urged information professionals in the country to transform themselves into “hybrids” capable of performing various roles in the information economy, if they are to compete effectively with other information professionals. There is also need for the information professionals in the country to effect several changes including skills sets, mind sets and professional culture.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
|Participants at the ZLA Conference, Siavonga, Zambia|
- Professionalism and education for librarians in Zambia;
- Status of libraries in colleges of education in Zambia;
- Public Libraries: catalyst for information literacy;
- Information ethics in the information age;
- Adopting Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in libraries;
- Use of Web 2.0/social media in public university libraries in Zambia
|View of Lake Kariba from the Conference Venue Restaurant|
Participants at the conference have come from various parts Zambia mainly from public libraries, university libraries, specials libraries, the Department of Library and Information Studies of the University of Zambia and the Zambia Information Communication and Technology College (ZICTC).