Saturday, February 20, 2021

“The Conference was a huge success”, Egbukole tells SCECSAL Forum

Kingsley Nnamdi Egbukole presenting
a paper at the 24th SCECSAL conference
“The conference was a huge success. The organization was excellent, the Safari Court venue was serene with adequate conference facilities perfect for a conference of this magnitude”, said Kingsley Nanmdia Egbukole in his interview with the SCECSAL Forum. 

Egbukole, from Owerri, Nigeria, participated in the 24th SCECSAL Conference, from 8 to 11 February, in Windhoek, Namibia where he presented a paper titled "Serving the public: African academic libraries and outreach services", co-authored with Mr Gilbert Mushi from Tanzania.

“The timing of the paper presentations was adhered to and the breakfast and lunch were rich. The moderation of the presentations was well executed and there was enough time for questions and answers”, the international participant commented on the conference arrangements.

Egbukole also expressed satisfaction with the arrangements by the conference organisers in ensuring that participants at the in-person event followed the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the Government of Namibia, and commended the organizers for assisting international participants that needed COVID-19 tests before leaving Namibia, to get to the medical laboratory for the tests, and for transport arrangements to the airport.

The minor draw-back at the conference, Egbukole noted, was the absence of an inquiry desk at the front of the conference hall to welcome participants and give directions.

Away from the conference proceedings, he enjoyed the tour of the City of Windhoek, which he found to be neat, calm, beautiful and well planned. He visited the Namibian National Museum and would have loved the organisers to have included more interesting sites on the tour of the city.

Egbukole heads the University Research Commons at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. He previously headed the ICT Unit, the Readers Services Unit and the Research, Training and Statistics Unit. He holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Pretoria (South Africa); a Master of Library Science from Imo State University (Nigeria) and a Master of Business Administration (Project Management) from the Federal University of Technology (Nigeria). 

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