ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Librarians in Africa have a crucial role in national, regional, and global development. With 57 countries and 1.3 billion people Africa is a vast continent with opportunities and challenges. Libraries can be key to success, but to help transform libraries on the continent a new generation of library leaders, from all types of libraries, needs to be developed. Thanks to support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative efforts are underway. The creation of the Centre for African Leadership, the training of academic librarians from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, and the new collaborative project between the Public Library Association and The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions are initiatives that will be showcased.
The Centre for African Leadership, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York at the University of Pretoria, South Africa is designed to develop a self-sustaining library leadership center to build leadership skills within the the South African Library and information sector. This was has been supplemented by a two-year project that ended in 2016 focused on providing new skills to academic and LIS faculty in five Sub-Saharan countries. The results of the project and the leadership component will be discussed.
PLA and AfLIA are partnering to being leadership training modeled on PLA’s Leadership Academy to mid-career librarians. PLA and AfLIA staff and member-leaders from both organizations have been working together to identify sharable content elements as well as identify gaps and modifications required for a successful training in Africa. PLA and AfLIA will summarize the program and review the recent initial week-long residential program for 12 new public library leaders.