9 Agosto 2016

Congo Creates Library Association Following BSLA Workshop in French-Speaking Africa

Library delegates from Francophone Africa gathered outside Congo’s ministry of culture.

Library delegates from Francophone Africa gathered outside Congo’s ministry of culture.

Our latest BSLA workshop brought together library leaders from French-speaking Africa, teaching them innovative skills and practices, and enabling them to take an active part in advocacy for the development of libraries in their country. The workshop outcomes were stronger library associations across the French-speaking countries of Africa, as well as a new national library association in Congo.

The Cameroon Association of Librarians and Archivists (ABADCAM) were the main organisers of a workshop for librarians from French-speaking Africa, organised within the IFLA BSLA programme. The workshop outcomes were stronger library associations across the French-speaking countries of Africa, quality standards for the provision and delivery of library and information services, and a widespread understanding of the value of good library and information services.

This BSLA workshop brought together library leaders from French-speaking Africa and it empowered the leaders by teaching innovative skills and practices, enabling them to take an active part in advocacy for the development of libraries in their country.

The organisers from ABADCAM report that the project is effective. Alim Garga, President of ABADCAM, says:

Associations are more dynamic and vibrant. Many partners are ready to support us, for example we’ve brought countries together with partners such as the US Embassy and the Goethe Institute. One participating country, Congo, has just created a new association."

The new association is named ABADMUCO (Association des bibliothécaires, archivistes, documentalistes et muséologues du Congo) and library delegates met with Congo’s Minister of Culture to set up the association officially.

Meeting with Congo’s Minister of Culture to set up ABADMUCO.

Meeting with Congo’s Minister of Culture to set up ABADMUCO.

As for the countries' BSLA programme, a follow-up committee was set up to ensure sustainability of the project, and a future plan is to organise a cascade meeting where the workshop participants can teach what they learnt to other librarians in their community.

LDP (Library Development Programme), Advocacy, Development, Management, Networking, Sustainability, Congo, BSLA, Frenchspeaking Africa, Library Association

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