Library ‘champions’ to meet in Nairobi

Event date: 
5 Mar 2012 - 7 Mar 2012

Library leaders, librarians, and representatives of international organizations and government agencies from Kenya, Ghana and Uganda will meet in Nairobi (Kenya) to develop strategies to raise awareness about the potential of innovative library services to contribute to community development and improve lives and livelihoods.

At the two-day meeting, which is hosted by EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP), the teams of library ‘champions’ will develop action plans to raise the profile of public libraries and the innovative ways in which they use information and communication technology (ICT) to serve marginalized and vulnerable communities. The meeting will include advocacy and communication training, led by an international trainer.

The meeting follows EIFL-PLIP’s research into perceptions of public libraries in Africa, which found that libraries are widely viewed in traditional terms, as places for books and study, rather than as dynamic, modern institutions that can use ICT to provide innovative services