By Stephen Ario and Bonface Odhiambo

Three USIU-Africa librarians took part in the just concluded Kenya Association of Library and Information Professionals Conference from November 21-23 in Kisumu. The conference which attracted participants from Kenya, Nigeria, Sweden and Tanzania,

was hinged on the theme: “Information Management Centres’ Tools for Provision, Access, Marketing and Communications”.

This theme was further broken down into four sub-themes:- Children’s Libraries; Library Marketing & Communication; Digital Curation, and Innovations on Traditional & E-media Centres (Case studies).

The three librarians Mr. Stephen Ario, Ms. Ednah Omare and Ms. Beatrice Yebei all presented research papers on the above themes. Mr. Ario’s paper focused on Children’s Libraries as Technology Access Centres (TACs), which explained that children in the 21st century are techno-literate and the adoption of TACs in their libraries is inevitable.

Ms.Omare’s paper focused on Students’ Pain Points in Accessing E-resources in Academic Libraries at USIU-Africa. She argued that challenges faced by students in accessing these resources have not been adequately addressed by most practicing librarians.

On her part, Ms. Yebei presented her research paper which framed Ethics of Image Use and Sharing with specific focus on Visual Literacy for Libraries

The conference ended with a national Annual General Meeting, presentation of certificates of participation and the publishing of the Maktaba Journal of the Kenya Association of Library and Information Professionals, which contained the research papers presented by Mr. Ario and Ms. Omare.

International Council of Archives (ICA) 2018  Conference

Under the theme “Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage” the Library participated in the just concluded International Council of Archives (ICA) 2018  Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroun. 

Given that it is the first conference to be held on African soil, the conference provided an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the international archival community’s support for colleagues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

From November 24-30, conference activities ranged from governance meetings, to workshops, paper presentations, and trainings for archivist and records practitioners so as to enable them begin managing digital records in an appropriate and cost-effective way.

Archivist Boniface Odhiambo was a rapporteur for the session on developing the pan-African approach to archives and information management.

The session co-chaired by Prof. Papa Momar Diop from Senegal representing African Francophone and Prof. Patrick Ngulube from South Africa representing African Anglophone led to the formation of ICA Yaoundé 2018 resolutions dubbed “Yaoundé 2018 Declaration” which now provides a framework for Records and Archives management.

In conclusion, the conference provided  the means by which the library, and the entire University, will be able to promote professional and scholarly co-operation and communication between archives and archivists of universities, colleges, research institutions, and assist the development and strengthening of records and archives through symposia, publications and the exchange of information in collaboration with other professional bodies.