May 26  Time: 3pm Cape Town, Amsterdam/ 9am New York

IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) in collaboration with the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) is proud to announce the fourth event in a new webinar series to empower new library leaders worldwide and foster diversity within the profession.  

Over the course of six webinars, library associations from countries in each Regional Division will present opportunities they provide for new and senior librarians including leadership opportunities and how these library associations are fostering diversity within the library profession and leadership. The webinar format includes interactive opportunities to engage attendees in conversations about those topics that will elicit best practices and recommendations and the needs of new and senior professionals.  

The insights gained from these webinars will then inform and enrich the MLAS Open Session at WLIC 2022 in Dublin, which will focus on the same theme.  

We are pleased to feature library associations and librarians from all regions of the world in this webinar series. Our fourth webinar on May 26 features the Sub-Saharan Africa region.  Time: 3pm Cape Town, Amsterdam/ 9am New York

Sub-Saharan Africa RDC and members of IFLA MLAS from Sub-Saharan Africa have been instrumental in coordinating this webinar from IFLA MLAS and NPSIG.

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, MLAS Information Coordinator and Coordinator of the webinar series.


Alim Garga, Senior Librarian. President, The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AFLIA). President of Cameroon Library Association (ABADCAM). Standing Committee Member IFLA MLAS (Management of Libraries Association section). Member of Governing Board of National Archives of Cameroon.

Graduated in Library Science from EBAD, Dakar, Senegal. A in Public Administration from University Jean Moulin Lyon III France. A in History from University Jean Moulin Lyon III France. Master’s degree in History from University Jean Moulin Lyon III France. Graduated in Political Science from Institute of Political studies (IEP) in Lyon II France. Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) (Post Graduate).

Has attended many International Conferences in Africa and the World. Former Coordinator of IFLA / BSLA project for Francophones Countries in Africa. Former AFLIA Central Africa Representative. Former AFLIA Vice President.

Namutenya Hamwaalwa, Deputy Director for the Directorate of Namibia Library and Archives Service (NLAS). Overseeing five Sub-Divisions, namely, the National Library of Namibia, the National Archives of Namibia, Education Library Service, the Ministerial Library Service, and Public Libraries Service, which is overseeing a network of 65 Public Libraries countrywide.

Has over ten years experience in the management of libraries, have been involved in various policies and guidelines formulation, determining the training needs of staff members and ensuring that staff development programs are in place. Monitors and evaluates the Library and Archives Services & programs as well as ensures the efficient and reliable use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Libraries and Archives. Has experience in the management of projects and programs, monitoring and evaluation of Library programs and Service, analyzing and compiling of National Library and Archives statistics for all Government Libraries, and the National Archives. Coordinates various Donor funded project under NLAS and was an Administrator of the Namibia Library and Information Council, an umbrella body of Libraries in Namibia since the year 2009 until 2017. Currently, a Chairperson of the National Information Workers Association of Namibia.

Nazeem Hardy, President of The ‘Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).

Samuel Bentil Aggrey is the Immediate Past President (2020-22) of the Ghana Library Association with over 20 years professional experience. He has a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy in Library Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon. He has served the Association in various positions such as a Member of the Education, Research Training Committee, Editor of the Newsletter, Vice President for two terms and President also for two terms. He has attended and facilitated various conference both local, regional and international. He has over decade work experience at the University of Ghana Medical School Library and currently, he is the Senior Librarian at the University of Ghana City Campus Library. He has been involved in a number of consultancies in setting up health/medical libraries and librarianship. His research interest includes Information/Media Literacy, Security and use of Technology.

Lynn  Jibril, Botswana Library Association (BLA)) President. She is an educator and a library at the University of Botswana Library. She holds a Bachelor of Library and Information Studies, Diploma in secondary Education and a Masters in Library and Information Studies. Her  research interests are in Information Literacy and Digital Literacy, Research Data Management and Change management. She is a strong advocate for school and public libraries.