3 July 2017

Africa Section Focus at IFLA World Library and Information Congress 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly 19–25 August 2017, Wrocław, Poland "Libraries. Solidarity. Society".

Business Meetings, Oval 11

20.08.2017, 08:00 – 10:00

Session 063 SC I – Africa

Business Meetings, Conference Room A

20.08.2017, 13:45 – 15:45

Session 084 Division Leadership Forum: Division V

The Division V Leadership Forum is a meeting of all Officers (Chairs and Secretaries of the Sections) and Special Interest Group Conveners from IFLA’s Division V, Regions, a group of Professional Units representing interests in the three regions Africa, Asia Oceania, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The meeting is convened by the Division Chair.

Special Sessions, Multifunctional Hall

21.08.2017, 13:45 – 15:45

Session 118 IFLA Global Vision Discussion - IFLA

IFLA’s Global Vision discussion brings together thousands of representatives of the library field worldwide to explore how a united library field can meet the challenges of the future. Join us in this exciting effort! During this session, we would like to reflect on highlights from the regional Global Vision workshops organized by IFLA between May and July 2017 in six regions: Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin American and the Caribbean. Attend and have your say about the future of the united library field against the trends in globalised societies.

Business Meetings, Conference Room A

23.08.2017, 08:00 – 10:30

Session 179 SC II – Africa

Congress Programme, Auditorium Hall (SI)

22.08.2017, 09:30 – 12:45

Session 139 Demonstrating the Contribution of Libraries to the UN 2030 Agenda: Examples from IFLA Division V. - Division V. (SI)

Chair: Rosemary Shafack, University of Buea, Cameroon

Chair: Kathy Matsika, National University of Science and Technology, Library, Zimbabwe


Africa Section

1. Libraries as Engines for Social and Economic Empowerment - Best Practices and Results from a Partnership Project Between Tanzanian, Namibian and Finnish Libraries Alli Mcharazo, Tanzania Library Services Board, Tanzania, United Republic of Minna Koskinen, Finnish Library Association, Finland Kingo Mchombu, International University of Management, Namibia Namutenya Hamwaalwa, Library and Archives Services, Namibia

Paper in English

2. Rural Library Services and Community Initiatives in Zimbabwe Obadiah T Moyo, Rural Libraries & Resources Development, Zimbabwe Debra Chibaya, Robert Tredgold School Library, Zimbabwe

3. Lubutho Libraries in Zambia: Sustainable Development through Library and Information Services Kasonde Mukonde, Lubuto Library Partners, Zambia

4. Les Bibliothèques Africaines une Solution au Programme 2030 des Nations Unies. Demonstrating the Contribution of Libraries to the UN 2030 Agenda: Best Practices from Division of Regions. Alioune Cisse, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop Bibliotheque Centrale, Senegal

Latin America and the Caribbean Section

1. Mapeo de las iniciativas de bibliotecas latinoamericanas y caribeñas en apoyo al Plan Nacional de Desarrollo - Agenda 2030: proyecto integrado IFLA LAC 2017. Sueli Mara Soares Pinto Ferreira, University of São Paulo, Brazil

2. Curso de formación de Ecoguías para la comuna de Doñihue: Explorando otras formas de lecturas desde la Biblioteca Pública Municipal de Doñihue, Chile. Lucía Abello Abello, Colegio de Bibliotecarios de Chile AG, Chile

3. Tablet Cafe 60+ Astrid Britten, Aruba National Library, Aruba

4 The National Family Planning Board library providing current sexual and reproductive Health information to staff and the public. Dorrett A. McLean, National Family Planning Board - Sexual & Reproductive Health Agency, Jamaica

Asia and Oceania Section

1. TBA Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President-elect, Australia

2. TBA Wai Yin Pryke, National Library, National Library Board, Singapore

3. TBA Huanwen Cheng, Sun Yat-sen University Library, China

Congress Programme

08:30 - 10:30 Auditorium Hall (SI)

Session 220, Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development Goals - Access to

Information Network-Africa (ATINA) (SI)

Chair: Abraham Azubuike (United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library, United States)

Chair: Helena R. Asamoah-Hassan (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA), Ghana)

1. Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development Goals: a Conceptual


Abraham Azubuike (United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library, United States)

2. Towards Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Academic Libraries in

Nigeria in Assuring Inclusive Access to Information for Learners with Special


Chinwe N. Ezeani (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)

Scholar C. Ukwoma (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)

Esther Gani (Kaduna State University, Nigeria)

Prince J. Igwe (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)

Chidimma G. Agunwamba (University of Nigeria, Nigeria)

Paper in English

3. Synergies for Libraries in the Least Developed Countries: the Technology Bank

in Pursuit of Sustainable Development

Barbara Aronson (Research4Life, Switzerland)

Tomás González (United Nations Office of the High Representative for the LDCs,

LLDCs and SIDS (UN-OHRLLS), United States)

Kimberly Parker (World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland)

Cathrin Stöver (GÉANT, Netherlands)

Americo B. Zampetti (United Nations Office of the High Representative for the

LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (UN-OHRLLS), United States)

Paper in English

4. Enabling Action Research and Action Learning for Enhanced Capacity and

Empowerment across SDG Dimensions and Targets

R. I. Echezona (University of Abuja, Nigeria)

L. R. Mommoh (University of Abuja, Nigeria)

I.S. Afegbua (University of Abuja, Nigeria)

5. Open Educational Resources within a Knowledge System for Achieving Quality

Education SDG

Lena Nyahodza (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Reggie Raju (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Paper in English

The workshop requires a registration and is limited to 30 participants. Lunch will be served.

Congress Programme, Off-site 6

22.08.2017, 09:15 – 15:00

Session 137 Understanding Your Library from the Inside Out: A Workshop in Library Ethnography for User Assessment - Social Science Libraries with Africa Section

Workshop Location: Wroclaw University Library. ul. F. Joliot-Curie 12, 50-383 Wrocław, Poland

This off-site workshop will focus on helping librarians to understand and use ethnographic research methods--long used for cultural anthropology research--to better understand their libraries, their users, and how their services and collections are used. The workshop includes presentations by 2 leaders in the field: Lynn S. Connaway, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC and Celia Emmelheinz, Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian at UC Berkeley. Through interactive/hands-on activities, the workshop participants will explore an “ethnographic toolkit” they can use to better understand the context in which their users engage with their library and its resources. Topics covered include learning how to ask good research questions; honing participation and observation skills; engaging patrons in research through mapping and diaries; coding and interpreting findings, and using results to spark deeper engagement with the user community.

The workshop requires a registration and is limited to 30 participants. Lunch will be served.

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