Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Elevating professionalism: LIAZ's information management training workshop for librarians, registry, and records personnel

LIAZ workshop participants at
 the M'kango Golf View Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia
In a bid to enhance professionalism in libraries, registries, and record centers, the Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) recently organized a comprehensive Information Management Training workshop under the theme: “Enhancing professionalism in Libraries, Registries and Record Centers through ethical conduct, confidentiality, transparency, skills development and capacity building”. The workshop was held from the 4th to 8th of December, 2023, at M'kango Golfview Hotel in Lusaka and it drew over 150 participants, representing all 116 councils in Zambia. 

Opening Remarks and Objectives

Ms. Pauline Namulomba Nchemba, LIAZ Vice President, set the tone by emphasizing the critical role of the workshop in preparing attendees for success. She highlighted the focus on ethical standards, confidentiality, transparency, skill enhancement, and capacity building within public libraries and registry offices. The workshop aimed to foster ethical principles, ensure confidentiality, promote transparency, enhance technological proficiency, develop customer service techniques, and instill a culture of continuous learning.

Official Opening by the Guest of Honour - Mr. Nicholas Phiri-Permanent Secretary

Mr. Nicholas Phiri, the Permanent Secretary -Technical Services
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Nicholas Phiri, the Permanent Secretary-Technical Services, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Mr. Phiri commended the initiative, stating that such training is a valuable investment intended to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in managing outcome-oriented institutions. He urged attendees to apply the lessons learned, expressing the ministry's expectation of a notable difference in the operations of libraries, registries, and the handling of confidential information.

In addition, Mr. Phiri thanked LIAZ on behalf of the ministry for their assistance in promoting and advancing the nation's national development goal. "The new dawn government is dedicated to making sure that development is achieved nationwide without leaving any region behind”. 

LIAZ President’s Commitment

Mrs. Mutinta Nabuyanda, LIAZ President
Mrs. Mutinta Nabuyanda, LIAZ President, expressed gratitude to Mr. Nicholas Phiri and reaffirmed LIAZ's commitment to capacity building. She acknowledged the collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and highlighted LIAZ's dedication to addressing identified skill gaps through periodic skills audits.

Facilitators and Workshop Highlights

The workshop featured three facilitators: Mr. Solomon Nyirenda, Mr. Godfrey Miti, and Eng. Bornwell Luanga. They covered a range of topics, including enhancing professionalism, data protection, privacy, confidentiality, technological proficiency, record-keeping, transparency, customer service, community engagement, and professional growth.

On the first day, all the 3 facilitators gave overviews that focused on Challenges of Information Management in Public/ Private Institutions, Role of Librarians and Registry officers in Community Building and Enhancing Professionalism in Libraries, Record centers and Registry Services. On the second day, the discussion on data protection, privacy, and confidentiality was led by Eng. Bornwell Luanga. On the third day, Mr. Solomon Nyirenda covered technological proficiency, record-keeping, and transparency and on the fourth day, Mr. Godfrey Miti emphasized customer service, community engagement, and professional growth

Closing and Certification

Certificates of attendance were issued to all participants on the last day of the workshop, recognizing their commitment to enhancing professionalism in libraries, registries, and record centers. LIAZ's Information Management Training Workshop stands as a beacon for continuous learning and development within the field, ensuring that librarians and registry officers are equipped with the necessary skills to drive positive change in their respective roles. The workshop not only contributes to individual professional growth but also aligns with the national development goals of Zambia, showcasing the pivotal role libraries play in the country's progress.


Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Kenya Library Association extends deadline for submission of abstracts for SCECSAL 2024 conference

The Kenya Library Association has extended the deadline to 30 September 2023 for submission of abstracts for papers to be presented at the XXVIth SCECSAL Conference to be held on 22-26 April 2024.

The conference, on the theme Re-Imagining Information Products and Services for the Digital Era, will be held at the PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, Convention Centre & Spa, in Mombasa. 

Details about the conference, including sub-themes, registration, fees, payment instructions, and key dates, are available at the following web link:  https://kenyalibraryassociation.or.ke/scecsal-xxv/.

Abstracts must be submitted to conference@kenyalibraryassociation.or.ke while the request for general Information should be scecsalxxv@kenyalibraryassociation.or.ke.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Zambia Vice President Nalumango urges librarians to be proactive

As LIAZ celebrates Golden Jubilee 

Official opening of LIAZ 50th Annual General Meeting
and Conference
Zambia's Vice President Mutale Nalumango has encouraged
librarians in the country to be proactive and innovative in carrying their duty as the Zambian government has created an enabling environment for them to operate.

In a speech delivered on her behalf by Mr Joel Kamoko, Permanent Secretary (Educational Services), at the official opening of the 50th Annual General Meeting and Conference for the Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ), Mrs Nalumango urged the association to take advantage of opportunities provided by the government citing as an example the Constituency Development Fund which is available to information professionals to expand their horizon in delivering information services starting from constituencies. “I encourage the association to come up with innovative ideas to enhance information and service delivery” she said.

"My government stands ready to render the support in accordance with government policy,” she added.

Mrs Nalumango said that despite the challenges librarians and other allied professionals encounter during their course of duty, they should, together with the association, focus on the great achievements scored during the golden jubilee celebrations. 

And with Zambia selected to host the biennial regional Standing Conference of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) in 2026 which was last staged in 2008, Mrs Nalumango noted that LIAZ's agenda is aligned with the vision and aspiration of the New Dawn administration which seeks to enhance human and social development for everyone. 

Participants at the 50th LIAZ Annual General Meeting
Conference in Livingstone
On her part, LIAZ president Mutinta Nabuyanda said that her association is complementing government efforts on ensuring that its members are provided with new, innovative, and appropriate skills in the field of information science. "Just this year, over 200 professionals have benefited from both physical and online training and presentations organised by the association and its partners, she said. 

Mrs Nabuyanda further noted that despite the challenges faced by librarians, such as lack of professional legislation, LIAZ has not relented in ensuring that information professionals have positive impact in communities, the nation and beyond. LIAZ president further informed the gathering that the association was working closely with the Ministry of Education to spearhead the Zambia Institute of Library and Information professional bill, which will regulate the conduct of library and information professionals” she added. 

Speaking at the same event, Livingstone Deputy Mayor, Mr John Banda said that: "As information professionals, you are the architects of transformation. Your dedication to preserving the past, curating the present, and shaping the future is truly commendable. Each day, you touch lives, plant seeds of curiosity, and nurture the aspirations of countless individuals who walk through the doors of your libraries and other information centres." 

LIAZ celebrated the milestone achievement of the Golden Jubilee from 25 to 28 July 2023, in Livingstone under the theme “LIAZ at Fifty: Translating Records Centres, Library Services and Research Information into Policy, Practice and Action”.

Friday, August 4, 2023

Call for abstracts for the XXVIth SCECSAL Conference to be held in April 2024 in Mombasa, Kenya

The Kenya Library Association has launched the call for abstracts for the XXVth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) Conference to beheld on 22-26 April 2024 at the PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, Convention Centre & Spa, in Mombasa, Kenya.

The details, including registration, fees, payment instructions, and key dates are available at the following web link:  

https://kenyalibraryassociation.or.ke/scecsal-xxv/ 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 August 2023.

The theme for the conference is Re-Imagining Information Products and Services for the Digital Era with the following sub-themes:

  • Emerging LIS Roles in the Digital Era
  • Responsive Information Services and Products
  • Technology and Innovation
  •  Information Ethics and Practices
  •  LIS Education, Research and Training for the Digital Era
  •  Best Practices in Records and Information Management

Contacts:

Abstracts must be submitted to: conference@kenyalibraryassociation.or.ke

Send request for general Information to:  scecsalxxv@kenyalibraryassociation.or.ke

Founded in 1974, SCECSAL is one of the oldest forums for library and information professionals in sub-Saharan Africa that is still active. Its biennial SCECSAL conferences are hosted by SCECSAL member Association with the support of the SCECAL Secretariat. 

KLA last hosted the SCECSAL conference in 2012, having previously hosted the conference in 1978 and 1998.

The Library and Information Association of South Africa hosted the XXIVth SCECSAL conference in October 2022 while the National Information and Library Workers Association of Namibia (NIWAN) hosted the XXIVth SCECSAL Conference in 2021, after being postponed from April 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In 2024, the SCECSAL conference will return to its normal schedule of being held in the last week of the month of April. The Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) will host SCECSAL in 2026.



 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Kid's Planet Academy visits Kitwe Council Library

Kid's Planet Academy kids outside the
Kitwe City Council Library
The vibrant children of Kid's Planet Academy on June 2, 2023 embarked on a thrilling adventure to the
Kitwe City Council Public Library. With their curious minds and sparkling eyes, they eagerly stepped into the realm of knowledge, ready to explore the vast wonders of literature.

As the children entered the library, a sense of awe and excitement washed over them. They were greeted by towering shelves adorned with books of every shape, size, and color. The air was filled with the sweet fragrance of inked pages, inviting them to delve into the captivating stories within.

The librarian, a warm and friendly soul, welcomed the children with open arms. He knew the transformative power of books and was thrilled to witness their enthusiasm. Leading them through the maze of knowledge, she guided them to the magical realm of children's literature.

The young explorers scattered in different directions, drawn to the enchanting tales that awaited them. Some ventured into the land of fairy tales, where dragons soared and princesses found their happily-ever-afters. Others dove into the vast oceans of non-fiction, uncovering facts about planets, dinosaurs, and faraway lands.

Kid's Planet Academy kids inside the
Kitwe City Council Library
As they wandered through the library's corridors, the children discovered hidden nooks and cozy
reading corners. They curled up in beanbag chairs, engrossed in their chosen stories, their imaginations running wild. Laughter filled the air as they shared fascinating tidbits they had learned, igniting a spark of curiosity within their fellow adventurers.

Time seemed to fly in the realm of books, and soon it was time for the children to bid farewell to the library. As they gathered near the entrance, their faces beamed with pure joy and a newfound appreciation for the world of literature. The librarian commended their eagerness to explore and encouraged them to continue their journey through books beyond the library walls.

With hearts full of gratitude, the children left the Kitwe City Council Public Library, carrying with them a treasure trove of stories and knowledge. They knew that their visit had kindled a love for reading that would guide them on countless future adventures.

From that day forward, the children of Kid's Planet Academy embraced books as their constant companions, seeking solace, inspiration, and endless possibilities within their pages. And as they continued to grow and learn, they cherished the memory of their visit to the library, forever grateful for the gift of knowledge it had bestowed upon them.

Monday, April 24, 2023

LIAZ commemorates 2023 World Book Day

Participants at the World Book Day
in Lusaka West
The Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) today April 24, 2023 joined the rest of the
international community in commemorating World Book and Copyright Day themed " Your World" with Lubuto Library Partners at Lubuto Mthunzi American Youth Library in Lusaka West. 

The event was characterized by several activities which included a library tour, storytelling, read aloud session with the children and the book talk session which was led by a local author and producer of Kasuba's Inner Safari Quest Ms. Bwalya Penza. Ms. Bwalya born in Lusaka and educated in England is an author, speaker and certified Adventures in wisdom coach, teaches children how they would thrive as they navigate their way through life. 

 Over 40 children attended the event and LIAZ members who were in company were excited to learn about good children literature through this visit. Key to mention is the idea of braille children’s books in the collection and the excellent children's classification system displayed in the library which makes it easier for children to locate their favourite books.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Remembering Dr Vitalicy Chifwepa

 Library and Information Association of Zambia

Dr Vitalicy Chifwepa speaking at a LIAZ event
A few days ago, the library and information fraternity learnt of the untimely death of Dr Vitalicy Chifwepa. Dr Chifwepa was a highly professional and outstanding public servant, citizen and intellectual of our country who both practiced and taught library and information science. He started his career as a librarian in the Planning Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development, as it was called then. That was after he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library Studies at the University of Zambia (UNZA). He proceeded to study for his Master of Library and Information Science at University of Western Ontario, Canada, after which he became a lecturer at the University of Zambia. 

He lectured in the department of Library and Information Science at UNZA from 1991 rising to the rank of Senior Lecturer. He later headed the Department before he was appointed as the Director of Distance Education at UNZA, and later as the University Librarian at the same university from 2008 to 2015. From 2016, Dr Chifwepa had been working as the Director of Quality Assurance at the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the position he held until his death on Tuesday, 29 March 2023. 

Of his many other accomplishments, Dr Chifwepa also served as the Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) president, awarded a life member of the association, and mentored many people within and outside his professional circles. 

Dr Chifwepa’s death joins the many luminaries of our country who have gone before him, and whose work has impacted on many people. One after the other, the pioneering leaders of our continuing flight from want to knowledge, for whom the pursuit, production and application of knowledge constituted a way of life, have gone. The never-satisfied fat worm of death has consumed many of our intellectual guides and porters of light.

Like many others who knew and interacted with Dr Chifwepa, the moving tributes about him that have been read and heard from those who had the chance to experience life with him say a lot about the man. These testimonies demonstrate how, while alive, he touched the lives of others; that what he thought, said and did gave meaning and direction to the lives of many, lived his humanity on his sleeve and constantly challenged and enlisted us, as professionals, as human beings, to reveal or give expression to our inner greatness. Dr Chifwepa often spoke so passionately about the provision of quality library service for our country and his dream for the profession among others was the actualisation of the Library Professional Bill. It was as if he was spurred by the knowledge that the ultimate human legacy and essence of life is service to a given community, to humanity.

Dr Vitalicy Chifwepa
Many others who knew Dr Chifwepa would also agree that he consistently refused to draw attention to his earned and deserved academic credentials, believing, that conduct and sharing of one’s acquired specialist knowledge, not exhibition of one’s titles, is the fitting evidence of one’s education.

As members of the profession, colleagues and friends, we share the grief, sorrow and intense pain that Dr Chifwepa’s children and family must be feeling right now. They are not alone.  Many others, especially those whose lives he touched also feel his loss.

How does one let the world know how much debt it owes people like Dr Vitalicy Chifwepa – those who find a calling in nurturing the underdeveloped talent and endowment of genius that each person has by the sheer fact of birth; those who invest themselves completely into enriching the lives of others; those who find complete satisfaction in healing others; and those who, like academia and the professional practice, to which he contributed so much, are so selfless, so giving?

It remains our conviction that the relevance of death lies in its impact on those that live and that Dr Chifwepa’s death should inspire us to continually improve ourselves because it is in our quest for individual excellence that we truly become witnesses to the greatness of life and service to humanity. Let such deaths remind us to celebrate the ephemera and gift that each day is, to live now and in the present. 

Those of us still in possession of the gift of life have a duty to continue espousing and giving expression to the essential humane values bequeathed onto all future time by Dr Chifwepa and his outstanding predecessors, contemporaries, and successors no longer alive, so that their memory, individually and collectively, does not slide away as though they never lived.


Friday, March 17, 2023

LIAZ delivers a course on Customer Relations Management in the Digital Era

Fifty information professionals in Zambia benefit from the course.

Participants at the training
The Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) delivered a training course on Customer
Relations Management (CRM) in the Digital Era: A Practical Approach at Mika Convention Center, in Chongwe, from 28th February to 3rd March 2023.

The training attracted fifty-five librarians, records managers, archivists, and many other allied information professionals drawn from different institutions ranging from public/special libraries to financial organizations.

The training objectives were among others; to equip the trainees with skills that would help improve customer relationships, practice confidentiality and manage conflict of interest in line with their duty, apply ethics and ethical considerations in both private and public life. The training was also aimed at equipping participants with skills on how to use technology in securing both physical and electronic records, understand how to use Big Data Technology (BDT) for Archives and records management and understand and manage social media platforms.

Speaking when she officially opened the training, LIAZ president, Mrs. Mutinta Nabuyanda noted that the training was crucial especially since it was after the COVID-19 pandemic which created challenges for most of the institutions that were more dependent on physical service provision.

She noted that the overall objective of this training was to equip practitioners with the necessary skills, knowledge and business strategies to understand, anticipate and manage the needs of organizations’ current and potential customers, particularly in the digital era.

LIAZ President, Mrs Mutinta Nabuyanda
giving her opening remarks at the training 
The LIAZ president stated that the objectives of the Association were to build a body of knowledge in the art and science of librarianship, documentation and information science as well as to stimulate interest and promote the exchange of information and ideas.

“I wish to remind you that your organization has supported you to attend this training and expect positive change in the execution of your duties. Therefore, I urge all of you to take this training seriously and prove your worth in your organizations” Mrs. Nabuyanda e emphasized.

The Customer Relations Management training included lectures complemented with tutorials and practical lab sessions. The tutorials and lab sessions enabled and exposed learners to various technologies in securing both physical and electronic records, understanding how to use Big Data Technology (BDT) for Archives and records management and understanding and managing social media platforms.

Further, the computer-based demonstrations in labs enabled participants to apply the knowledge gained in lectures. To ensure that learners understood the lessons, directed exercises and assignments were allocated at regular intervals for completion in the labs and also outside of class.

Speaking at the end of the four-day training sessions, Workshop Facilitator, Mr Geoffrey Miti emphasised that CRM technologies was crucial as it enables the companies and organisations to understand customer behaviour better, predict their future, deliver customized customer experience, and establish long-term customer relationships.

Mr Miti observed that “In today’s market conditions, customers demand better service and expect more from companies. Companies require to understand the needs, preferences, and buying behaviour of customers; in order to plan and execute interactions that create the best possible experience for their customers. As such, responding to the needs of customers efficiently is important, adding that customers do not only expect fast response, but they also evaluate the performance of the company by looking at how well companies handle their needs”.

He hoped that the participants were going to put into practice what they learned during the four days training.

And Head Librarian, Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats), Ms Juliet Mumba, applauded LIAZ for organizing the training. 

“We have learnt a lot and will now go back to our workplaces and be able to apply what we have learnt. This training is one of its kind, well organized and motivating. To the LIAZ executive you have our support. Hope to have more of such training with gifted facilitators such as Mr Miti” she added.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Zambia celebrates Word Read Aloud Day


The Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) joined this year’s 2023 World Read Aloud Day by participating in several activities including public discussions at the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) Library with students and librarians, literacy presentations by school, literacy video by American Spaces, presentations on how to write a good story among others. 

Several libraries across the country celebrated the day by participating in different activities. NIPA in collaboration with LIAZ celebrated and hosted the World Read Aloud Day at NIPA Library, in Lusaka, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

LIAZ President- Mutinta Nabuyanda in her opening remarks noted that access to reading materials in whatever form is critical. “I wish to make a clarion call to everyone out there to make it a habit to read for people especially children in homes. Doing so will go a long way in promoting the culture of reading among children” she added. 

Speaking as the same event, guest of Guest of Honour NIPA Governing Council Chairperson, Prof. Mary Shelalukey Ngoma, commended LIAZ for collaborating with cooperating partners in hosting this year’s World Read Aloud Day. 

Demonstrating winnowing, separation of chaff from
grain to school children, (not in picture) on WRAD
Dr Ngoma observed that “Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can
do with children as it helps to build many vital foundational skills, introduces and builds vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, reduces stress, promotes empathy and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about as it improves comprehension and active listening”.

She further encouraged parents to spend time reading with their children as it encourages discussions and gives a platform for building strong family bonds.” I encourage everyone to ensure our story is told and shared with our loved ones as every day is story day through the everyday experiences we encounter” she added.

The 2023 World Read Aloud Day is celebrated on February 1 each year in over 173 countries and brings people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in the communities. LitWorld, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy, initiated the World Read Aloud Day in 2010. Its mission is to strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

LIAZ announces its annual general conference

 The Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) is set to hold its Annual General Conference (AGC) in the tourist capital city, Livingstone from the 6th to the 9th of September 2022 at the Chrismar Hotel.

The Conference will be graced by the Honourable Minister of Education, Honourable Douglas Siakalima.

As part of the conference, LIAZ will also hold its inaugural Awards and Gala Dinner at Avani Hotel to be attended by all conference delegates. 

Some limited AGC attendance scholarships are available for those who may be eligible to participate in the scholarship competition. 

Interested exhibitors should contact the LIAZ secretariat for more information 

For personalized invitations, reach out to LIAZ on WhatsApp number 0979805780 or email liaz@zambia.co.zm


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Establish library services in all schools, Syakalima urges PEOs in Zambia

Hon. Douglas M. Syakalima
Minister of Education, Zambia
Speaking when he officially launched the commemorations of the National Library Week under the theme, “connect with your library”, Minister of Education, Hon. Douglas M. Syakalima has urged Provincial Education Officers (PEO) to ensure that library services exist in all schools and ensure that professionally trained librarians are employed to manage the school libraries. 

The Minister said that the ministry is also desirous to see to it that a National Library which will have a Bibliographic Control Service is established and that a National Library and the Bill and Policy are actualised.

He noted that libraries play a fundamental role in the development of society as the utility of libraries goes far beyond its basic function as the custodian of information but has a significant role to play in educating citizens.

“Libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools and campuses, providing critical resources, programs and expertise that add value to the communities,” Mr Syakalima said.

The minister added that a library is an equalizer among citizens of different statuses in a community, school or nation at large. He said that the haves and have-nots all find solace in a library to share the resources available as such he notes that a library is a promoter of equity in the communities, we live in. He observed that when a community is well informed, it results in development that in turn will aggregate into national development.

To enhance literacy levels, Mr Syakalima said that the ministry has promoted the establishment of classroom libraries amongst early graders, given out a number of books as well as trained various teacher librarians, provincial and district educationists, in the establishment and management of the classroom and school libraries.

The ministry is also working with the Ministry of Home Affairs in establishing libraries in all correctional facilities countrywide. This will provide an opportunity for inmates to study and sit for examinations and read for leisure as they serve their sentences.

The Minister lauded all the partners that have been supporting the agenda of libraries in the country such as the Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ), UNICEF, Book Aid International, Beit Trust, Lubuto Library Partners and among others.

“As we celebrate library week, let us reflect on how best we can support the library service as communities connecting with our libraries. for the library to function to the desired capacity, it calls for concerted efforts from all stakeholders” he emphasised. 

Zambia celebrated the National Library Week Commemorations 2022 from 13 – 17 June 2022 in selected designated locations around the country while the official launch took place at Civic Centre, Kabwe, Central Province.


Zambia Commemorates 2022 National Library Week

Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary calls for digitalization of libraries in Zambia

By Bedson Nyoni

Library Week celebrartion in Zambia
Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Zambia Commemorates 2022 National
Library Week  has called for the digitalization of libraries across the country.

In a speech read on his behalf by National Director for Primary Schools, Mr. Keziah Mwale at the official launch of the 2022 National Library Week held at Civic Centre in Kabwe, from 13 - 17 June 2022, Mr. Kamoko said there was a need for libraries to be connected to advanced technologies to make them accessible to everyone.

“Libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. This year’s theme is an explicit call to action, an invitation for communities to join, visit or advocate for local libraries,” he said.

Mr. Kamoko noted that the 2022 National Library Week theme demonstrates how modern libraries were at the heart of institutions providing critical resources and expertise that add value to our communities.

This year’s National Library Week commemorations across the country are being held on the theme: “Connect with your library”.

Mr. Kamoko also called on stakeholders to continue supporting the ministry in the provision of libraries and library services at all levels.

He revealed that the Government in partnership with Book Aid International has taken a deliberate stance to establish 72 study hubs in the Copperbelt, Northern, Southern, Lusaka, North-western, Western and Muchinga provinces to provide additional support to learners preparing for examinations.

And Kabwe District Administrator, Mr. Lennox Shimwamba, commended all institutions that participated in the National Library Week Commemoration. 

Speaking at the same event, Mr. Simwamba observed that the commemoration was critical as its activities feed-in and work hand in hand with what the government is trying to achieve which is free education for all.

Meanwhile, Kabwe Mayor Patrick Chishala said that this year’s national library week espouses the view that libraries are living organisms that interacts with their external environment. 

He noted that the theme was a clear alignment with the Seventh National Development Plan (NDP) towards achieving ‘education for all by 2030’. 

And Provincial Education Officer for Central Province, Mrs. Maambe Hamududu said the importance of a library cannot be overemphasized. 

She cited the five most important reasons why libraries are needed: “libraries maintain the history and more important truth, libraries offer free educational resources, libraries help to build communities, libraries are transparent with the services they provide, and libraries contribute to increasing the economy”. 

LIAZ President
 Mrs Mutinta Mweemba Nabuyanda

Meanwhile, Library and Information Association President (LIAZ) President, Mrs Mutinta Mweemba Nabuyanda said connecting with our libraries is the only way through which we can benefit from the services and information resources contained therein. 

“The important role that libraries and librarians play in ensuring that our learners and citizens receive the right services and information to enhance their learning opportunities cannot be overemphasised. The best all of us can do, government inclusive therefore is to support libraries and the librarians with all relevant resources pertaining to their welfare" she stressed.

She said it was LIAZ's considered view that if qualified people are given the mandate to manage information in various Government departments, there would be a reduction in the leaking of sensitive information to unintended recipients. 

“The new technological environment in libraries and resource centres demands digital skills from key staff to play an effective role in providing digital information to the users, by possessing knowledge and skills to utilize e-resources, offer web-based services and market them digitally” she emphasised. 

The LIAZ president said that the Association has been carrying out periodic skills audits to establish gaps among LIS professionals and undertake training to mitigate identified gaps.

 


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

LIAZ training on digital marketing attracts over sixty information professionals

 By Bedson Nyoni; Photo by Mubanga Lumpa

Participants at the training workshop
The Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ) conducted a Capacity
 Development training on Digital Marketing held in Siavonga from 4th – 8th April 2022. 

The training attracted over sixty librarians, records, archivists, and all information allied professionals drawn from different institutions ranging from public/special libraries to financial organizations.

The training objectives were among others to equip the trainees to leverage the power of digital tools to the market library and information services online; learn the fundamentals of digital marketing and content creation; Make use of relevant social media tools and techniques to help libraries and resource centres increase engagement online; understand the role of both digital and traditional media in marketing and the intersection of online and offline strategies and tactics. 

Speaking when she officially opened the training, the LIAZ president, Mrs Mutinta Nabuyanda noted that Digital technologies have brought about a paradigm shift in the way information is distributed and consumed. 

“The new technological environment in libraries and resource centres demands digital skills from key staff to play an effective role in providing digital information to the users, by possessing knowledge and skills to utilize e-resources, offer web-based services and market them digitally” she emphasised. 

The LIAZ president said that the association executive has been carrying out periodic skills audit to establish gaps among LIS professionals. She added that one such gap identified was in Digital Marketing which created the ground for the training conducted.

Mrs Nabuyanda noted that the training was crucial especially since it was after the COVID-19 pandemic which created challenges for most of the institutions that were more dependent on physical service provision. 

“I wish to remind you that your organization has supported you to attend this training and expect positive change in the execution of your duties. Therefore, I urge all of you to take this training seriously and prove your worth in your organizations” Mrs Nabuyanda emphasized.

The Digital Marketing training was done through modules that were delivered through lectures complemented with tutorials and practical lab sessions. The tutorials and lab sessions enabled and exposed learners to various eMarketing campaigns and time was given for extensive debate and evaluation of the merits of each campaign.

Further, the computer-based demonstrations in labs enabled participants to apply the knowledge gained in lectures. To ensure that learners understood the lessons, directed exercises and assignments were allocated at regular intervals for completion in the labs and also outside of class.

Speaking at end of the four-day training sessions, LIAZ Vice president, Mubanga Lumpa observed that in the 21st-century libraries, resource centres, librarians and information professionals are expected to thrive in the digital environment where they will be actively involved in the acquisition, application, use and implementation of new technologies in their organizations with their new skills and competencies to fit with their changing roles.

He urged participants to utilise the newly acquired skills for the betterment and improvement of their workplaces. “I wish to encourage you to make use of the networks you got in this training to help you grow professionally” he added. 

And Kitwe based Zambia Revenue Authority Registry Supervisor, Mr Phillip Banda applauded LIAZ for organizing the training. 

“We have learnt a lot and will now go back to our workplaces and be able to apply methodologies, tools and technologies involved in digital marketing” he added.

After the training, participants were among others expected to explain the role and importance of digital marketing in a rapidly changing business landscape, discuss the key elements of a digital marketing strategy, illustrate how the effectiveness of a digital marketing campaign can be measured and demonstrate advanced practical skills in common digital marketing tools such as Canvas, Typo, social media, and Blogs.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

LIASA announces joint LIASA-SCECSAL conference 2022


The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) has announced the LIASA-SCECSAL Conference 2022 on the theme "Against all odds: Resilience of libraries in a post-truth world", to be held from 4 to 7 October 2022, at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre, O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg.

Library and information services (LIS) professionals from the African region and beyond will meet to discuss and reflect on the challenges that libraries have had to overcome since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and the successes achieved.  

The joint, hybrid conference, is a result of the SCECSAL Council's decision and proposal to LIASA to consider organizing the 2022 LIASA conference jointly with the 25th SCECSAL conference to ensure a return to the normal SCECSAL conference calendar which was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic forced the National Information Workers Association of Namibia (NIWAN) to postpone the hosting of the 24th SCECSAL conference from April 2020 to February 2021, and this impacted the arrangements for the SCECSAL conference which was initially planned for April 2022. 

The SCECSAL Council, at its meeting held in April 2018 in Entebbe, Uganda, awarded LIASA the right to host the 25th SCECSAL conference. The Kenya Library Association will host the 26th SCECSAL conference in 2024.

For more information, including the call for papers, registration fees, etc, visit the conference webpage


Friday, November 5, 2021

NIWAN thanks Honourable, Professor Peter Katjavivi for his support

By Justin Chisenga and Chiku Mnubi-Mchombu; Photos by Rafael Hangula

Hon. Prof. Katjavivi
The 24th SCECSAL Conference National Organising Committee, led by the National Information Workers Association of Namibia (NIWAN) Chairperson, Ms. Namutenya Hamwaalwa, has thanked the Honourable, Professor Peter Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia, for his continued support to NIWAN during the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic and when the Association was organizing and hosted the 24th SCESCSAL conference on 8-11 February.

The delegation to the Speaker’s Office, which included Dr. Chiku Mnubi-Mchombu, Mr. Wilhelm Uutoni, Ms. Ritva Niskala, and Ms. Hilya Robert, also presented ten copies of the book containing the papers delivered at the SCECSAL conference in February to the Speaker during a courtesy call on 28 October.

Professor Katjavivi was the Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker at the opening session of the 24th SCECSAL Conference on Inclusive Libraries and Information Services Towards Achieving Prosperity for Sustainable Development in Africa, on 8 February in Windhoek, Namibia

Hon. Prof. Katjavivi with
the NIWAN delegation
During the visit, the Speaker extended his thanks to the team for hosting a wonderful and successful SCECSAL conference, emphasized the importance of access to information, and the need for NIWAN to work closely with his Office to establish a museum at the National Parliament. 

Honourable, Professor Katjavivi also took the opportunity to brief the delegation on some issues the Namibia Parliament is addressing including good Governance, information and communication technology (ICT), and staffing based on the “Agenda for Change Concept” which the Parliament is implementing.

The 24th SCECSAL Conference book contains 37 papers covering 11 sub-themes by authors from Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, United States of America, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. and Zimbabwe.

The individual papers and the book are available for download in PDF format on the SCECSAL website