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

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