Sunday, May 6, 2018

ULIA hosts IFLA IAP workshop for top officials of national library associations

IFLA IAP workshop participants
The Uganda Library and Information Associations (ULIA) was privileged to host and conduct the
IFLA -  International Advocacy Programme (IAP)’s “Train the Trainer” workshop for top officials of national library associations from sub-Saharan Africa on 2-3 May 2018 at Makerere University Main Library.

IFLA’s “Train the Trainer” workshops aim to raise awareness and build capacities of national library association leaders about IFLA’s role in attaining the sustainable development goal (SDGs).

In her opening remarks, Dr Liz State Nasali, speaking on behalf of the University Librarian, expressed great emphasis for librarians to contribute towards the attainment of SDGs noting that all librarians, regardless of the type of library they work in, have a common goal and role to play in SDGs.

Dr Nasali also noted that Makerere University was proud to host the workshop and thanked ULIA Executive Committee for considering hosting the two-day event at Makerere.

The workshop was facilitated by Dr Victoria Okojie, a member of IFLA Governing Board, and Dr Sarah Kaddu, ULIA President.

IFLA IAP Trainer Dr Victoria Okojie facilitating 
Dr Okojie noted that librarians have contributed and will continue to contribute towards the global development agenda and urged the participants to think big about what they will do after the workshop, and need to show their contributions to the SDGs.

Dr Kaddu noted that as librarians, “we need to work closely within the profession and other sectors to achieve UN 2030 Agenda”, implored the participants to become experts in their own countries and called upon them to cause a positive change in their societies.

The workshop attracted participants from Liberia, Lesotho, Burundi, Sudan (Khartoum), Eritrea, Botswana and Uganda.

Also in attendance was Ms Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa who is the former Director National Library of Uganda and currently Director of Human capacity Development and Training at AfLIA. 

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