Capacity building of public librarians in Ethiopia

EIFL training to inspire creation of new public library services that meet community needs in Ethiopia

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Public librarians from Addis Ababa work in small groups during the EIFL training.

In 2015, EIFL entered into a partnership with the Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau to modernize the operations of 11 public libraries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, by equipping them with computers and internet connections.

The collaboration will also build the capacity of 22 public librarians from the 11 libraries to use the equipment, and integrate it into new services that support young people’s technology skills and information needs.

The training is organized by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP).

EIFL’s partners

The Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau is funding and organizing purchase, installation and maintenance of computer and internet connections at the 11 public libraries.

The EIFL-PLIP team is working with the Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) to adapt a training curriculum for public librarians that was piloted in Ghana.

We are also working with Goethe-Institut-Addis Abeba, who are conducting training in specific topics

WHAT THE TRAINING COVERS

The curriculum includes four modules:

Module 1: Advanced information and communication technology (ICT) skills for public librarians.

Module 2: Internet searching and e-resources.

Module 3: Developing and managing new public library services, including community needs assessment, writing funding proposals, service design, new service implementation and impact assessment.

Module 4: Communications and advocacy for new services.

Gaps of at least a month between training sessions enable librarians to return to their libraries and practise newly-learnt skills in their daily work.

TIMELINE

July 2015 - December 2019.

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS

  • In July 2015, 11 public librarians completed Module 3: Developing and managing new public library services.
  • In November 2015, 11 public librarians completed Module 4: Communications and advocacy for new services.
  • In December 2016, 25 public librarians from 11 public libraries completed Module 1: ICT skills for public librarians.
  • In April 2017, public librarians from 11 public libraries completed Module 2: Internet searching and e-resources. The group also learnt advanced ICT skills.
  • From April to June 2018, 22 librarians from 11 public libraries attended 10 days of ICT training organized by EIFL in collaboration with Goethe Institut-Addis Abeba. Training included word processing, email, social media communications and using Excel.

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The Addis Ababa training is part of a major EIFL capacity building initiative for public librarians in Africa. After successfully piloting national training for public librarians in Ghana in 2014, EIFL-PLIP adapted the curriculum and methodology to meet the needs of public librarians in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia

Read 'Public librarians in Africa ready for action after training', EIFL-PLIP Impact Manager Ugne Lipeikaite’s blog about EIFL’s capacity building initiative for public librarians in Africa.

Before I did not know that librarians could go to the community and solve particular problems, and create projects based on their problems and needs. Now I have more experience.
Addis Ababa librarian