Thursday, March 28, 2024

Kenya Library Association extends deadline for submission of SCECSAL conference papers

In response to multiple requests, the Kenya Library Association has extended the deadline for submissions of full papers for the SCECSAL Conference to April 5, 2024, to ensure that all interested participants have ample time to finalize their contributions. This extension provides an excellent opportunity for those working on their papers to submit their work and be part of the SCECSAL Conference.

The Conference takes place from April 22nd to April 26th, in Mombasa, Kenya.

Full papers should be submitted to:

For registration and further details on arrangements including accommodation, visit:

Friday, March 8, 2024

Empowering women through information: a call to action on International Women's Day 2024

by Pauline Namulomba Nchemba

Pauline Namulomba Nchemba
On this International Women's Day 2024, our global community comes together to reflect upon the theme designated by the United Nations: 'Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress,' in tandem with the campaign theme, 'Inspire Inclusion.' These themes serve as poignant reminders of the urgent need to address economic disempowerment among women and to promote diversity and empowerment across all sectors of society.

International Women's Day holds profound significance as it shines a spotlight on critical issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and the pervasive violence and abuse endured by women worldwide. It serves as a rallying cry for collective action and collaboration in advocating for women's rights and empowerment. However, it also serves as a stark reminder that gender parity remains an elusive goal, with estimates suggesting it may take over a century to achieve full equality.

As librarians and information professionals, we recognize the pivotal role that information management plays in empowering women and fostering inclusivity in our society. Libraries stand as vital hubs of information, knowledge, and learning, offering individuals, regardless of gender, access to a wealth of resources and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Yet, we acknowledge that access to information is not evenly distributed, and women, particularly those from marginalized communities, often face formidable barriers in accessing and utilizing information effectively. Thus, on this Women's Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to breaking down these barriers and empowering women with the tools they need to thrive.

A myriad of initiatives can be undertaken in line with the theme "Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress" and "Inspire Inclusion" for International Women's Day. These include organizing digital literacy workshops, establishing women entrepreneurship programs, developing inclusive library programming, creating scholarship programs for women, conducting gender sensitization workshops, establishing resource centers for women, fostering collaborative partnerships, and launching advocacy campaigns.

Open science emerges as a pivotal solution in providing and accessing these services and initiatives. With open science, we can democratize access to information, facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing, and empower women to fully participate in the digital age.

Librarians play a crucial role in championing these endeavors by curating diverse collections, providing digital literacy training, and advocating for equal access to information for all. By embracing inclusivity in our libraries and information centers, we can create welcoming spaces where women feel valued, respected, and empowered to pursue their goals and aspirations.

Let us harness the power of information to inspire inclusion, advance gender equality, and accelerate progress for women across our nation and beyond. Together, let us continue to champion the cause of women's empowerment and work tirelessly to build a more just, equitable, and inclusive society for all.

Happy International Women's Day!


The author, Pauline Namulomba Nchemba, is Librarian and E-Learning Coordinator at the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University (LMMU) in Lusaka, Zambia. She is also the Vice President of the Library and Information Association of Zambia (LIAZ).

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Tell your library’s SDGs story! Share your library’s SDGs experiences!

... at the session on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Libraries, and Information Services in the SCECSAL Region in Mombasa, Kenya

During the upcoming XXVIth SCECSAL Conference on 22-26 April in Mombasa, Kenya, the SCECSAL Secretariat and the Kenya Library Association will provide a platform, on 26 April, for libraries,  information centres, library associations, and individual library and information professionals in the SCECSAL region (and from outside the region) to share stories and experiences on their programmes, initiatives, products, and services that promote or contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national or regional level. 

If you will be attending the SCECSAL Conference in Mombasa and you have an SDGs story to tell or an experience to share, please contact the SCECSAL Secretariat. Send us your proposal indicating the following:

  1. Title of the story (maximum 10 words)
  2. Target beneficiaries. 
  3. SDGs being addressed.
  4. Description/narrative (350-500 words).

You may want to read IFLA’s How to tell your story Elements of compelling evidence-based storytelling for a quick guide.

The session will include presentations of selected SDGs stories and an expert panel discussion. We welcome stories from libraries, library associations, library and information professionals, and organizations supporting libraries to provide and deliver library and information services that are contributing to achieving the SDGs.

Send your proposals and requests for further information, via email, to:

The deadline for submitting the proposals is 22 March 2024.

Register for the Conference at:

PDF version of the announcement is available HERE.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024


Copyright: IFLA
Libraries, library associations and information professionals play a central role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The member associations of the Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Librarians (SCECSAL) have recognized this importance and have taken proactive steps to align their activities with both the national and global development agendas.

At the 2014 SCECSAL conference in Lilongwe, Malawi, a resolution was adopted to synchronize their efforts with the post-2015 strategies to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. Eight years later, in 2022, SCECSAL members decided to link their library and information services activities to the SDGs and make them an integral part of the biennial SCECSAL country reports.

The SCECSAL conferences planned for 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030 will feature plenary sessions on libraries, information services and SDGs in the SCECSAL region. These sessions will include presentations and panel discussions and will provide a platform for sharing insights and experiences on how libraries and information services are actively contributing to sustainable development efforts in the region.

Through the resolutions adopted at the SCECSAL conferences and the initiatives implemented by member Associations, SCECSAL demonstrates its commitment to harnessing the power of libraries and information services to advance the SDGs and promote positive change in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa region. Such concerted efforts underscore the critical role that library and information professionals play in shaping a sustainable future for all.