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.
Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau agreed to purchase, install and maintain computer and internet connections at the 11 public libraries. EIFL, in return, agreed to train 22 public librarians from the 11 libraries to use the equipment, and to integrate it into new services that support young people’s technology skills and information needs.
The Addis Ababa training is part of a major EIFL capacity building initiative for public librarians in Africa.
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.
July 2015 - June 2018