18 February 2015

BSLA project report "ULIA Strategic Planning and Leadership Workshop” Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA)

Makerere University, 13-15 January 2015

Following regional convenings in 2014, IFLA ALP is supporting a number of small projects under the framework of the Building Strong Library Associations programme (BSLA), demonstrating the flexibility of the programme in supporting a range of project sizes and needs.

Objectives

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Equip participants with leadership skills to facilitate effective management of ULIA;
  • Equip participants with skills in strategic planning for development of ULIA;
  • Develop a draft strategic plan for ULIA

In summary, the workshop aimed at equipping participants with practical skills to enable them to operate an effective and efficient Association. These objectives were derived from the needs specified by ULIA officials prior to the workshop.

In total 30 participants attended the workshop representing 30 institutions and 4 regions. Most of the participants were Library Directors/ University Librarians and senior library personnel. The Executive members of ULIA attended the workshop. The mixture of attendees was impressive. Participants actively contributed to the discussions and were able to identify appropriate strategies to address the challenges facing ULIA.

The workshop came up with a strong draft of a strategic plan, identifying strategies that will address the challenges over a period of five years, 2015 - 2020. If implemented, it will enhance the visibility of ULIA. The workshop came up with an Action Plan which identified low-lying fruits that could be addressed in the next six months.

A persistent problem was that of identity, young professionals’ doubt on the future of the profession. This is a major threat to the profession in Uganda and must be dealt with as soon as possible. Uganda is a promising developing country that is attracting a lot of investors and donor agencies. ULIA should take advantage of this to establish strategic partners.

Acknowledgement

IFLA’s continued support to Library Associations in the developing world is very much appreciated. This workshop is a milestone in strengthening the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA).

Report submitted by: Jacinta Were, Workshop facilitator
Deputy Director, Library Services, University of Nairobi, Kenya
IFLA-BSLA Trainer

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