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IRC Africa Subcommittee (International Relations Committee) Committee

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Event Developing and Strengthening Library Collections with Culturally Relevant African Materials

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 07:07 pm

As libraries and information networks grow across Africa, and more Africans make their home in North America, librarians on both continents are challenged to respond to local needs and provide culturally relevant materials to their patrons. Librarians and information professionals in many African countries, sometimes partnering with American colleagues, are finding innovative ways to ensure that libraries serve ALL the people in their target populations.

As libraries and information networks grow across Africa, and more Africans make their home in North America, librarians on both continents are challenged to respond to local needs and provide culturally relevant materials to their patrons. Librarians and information professionals in many African countries, sometimes partnering with American colleagues, are finding innovative ways to ensure that libraries serve ALL the people in their target populations. Presenters will discuss projects, services, research studies, culturally relevant materials including local languages, preservation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge, and locally relevant digital projects. Come, to hear creative ideas and meet potential partners.

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Event 2015 Call for Presentation Proposals: Developing and Strengthening Library Collections with Culturally Relevant African Materials

by Florence Mugambi on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 03:26 pm

The Africa Subcommittee of the American Library Association International Relations Committee, invites presentation proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, June 25- 30, 2015.

2015 Program Theme: Developing and Strengthening Library Collections with Culturally Relevant African Materials

The Africa Subcommittee of the American Library Association International Relations Committee, invites presentation proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, June 25- 30, 2015.

2015 Program Theme: Developing and Strengthening Library Collections with Culturally Relevant African Materials

2015 Program Preamble: As libraries and information networks grow across Africa, and more Africans make their home in North America, librarians on both continents are challenged to respond to local needs and provide culturally relevant materials to their patrons. Librarians and information professionals in many African countries, sometimes partnering with American colleagues, are finding innovative ways to ensure that libraries serve ALL the people in their target populations. Presenters will discuss projects, services, research studies, culturally relevant materials including local languages, preservation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge, and locally relevant digital projects. Come to hear creative ideas and meet potential partners.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Proposals must be written in English and should include:

1.    Title of the presentation

2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter

3.    Abstract (200-300 words)

4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted as an email attachment (Microsoft word or PDF) to Laverne Page at mpag@loc.gov

Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, March 6, 2015.

Presenters will be responsible for their own conference expenses (travel, housing, registration etc.)

For more information on the Committee:  http://www.ala.org/groups/irc-africa-subcommittee

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File ALA-IRC-Afr-Sub--2015-call_for-proposals

by Laverne Page on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 01:09 pm

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Event Growing Libraries, Growing Librarians: Partnerships with libraries and library schools in Africa

by Florence Mugambi on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 09:59 am

American and African organizations are partnering to improve library services in Africa. Join us for highlights on these partnerships. Topics include book donation drives, building village libraries, Internet access and skill-building, crowd funding, and training the next generation of African librarians. Librarians with an interest in Africa as well as those seeking ideas to link up with sister institutions in Africa are encouraged to attend.

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center N254

Event Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology and Information Access in Africa

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Technology has brought changes in library service delivery, and the Internet has become the dominant mode of information exchange in libraries. New opportunities for collecting, organizing, disseminating local content and providing access to remotely distributed resources have emerged. In Africa this transformation has been slow due to the digital divide. There are some efforts ongoing to close the gap. This panel presentation will describe technology initiatives in African libraries and provide insights to the challenges encountered in efforts to utilize technology to enhance services.

Technology has brought changes in library service delivery, and the Internet has become the dominant mode of information exchange in libraries. New opportunities for collecting, organizing, disseminating local content and providing access to remotely distributed resources have emerged. In Africa this transformation has been slow due to the digital divide. There are some efforts ongoing to close the gap. This panel presentation will describe technology initiatives in African libraries and provide insights to the challenges encountered in efforts to utilize technology to enhance services. Panelists will discuss digitization projects, institutional repositories, resource sharing, Internet connectivity and other technologies.

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Online Doc IRC Africa Subcommittee 2013 ALA Annual Program: Call for Proposals

by Araba Dawson-Andoh on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

The American Library Association, International Relations Committee: Africa Subcommittee invites proposals to present at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 27- July 2, 2013.

 For more information on the Committee: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/iro/africasubcommittee.cfm

The American Library Association, International Relations Committee: Africa Subcommittee invites proposals to present at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 27- July 2, 2013.

 For more information on the Committee: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/iro/africasubcommittee.cfm

 The Africa Subcommittee annual presentation program provides librarians working in Africa or interested in librarianship in Africa the opportunity to share information about library services, collections and projects throughout Africa.  The program serves to inform U.S. librarians about librarianship in Africa.  The 2013Africa Subcommittee Program theme is:

 Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology and Information Access in Africa

 In the digital age technology has brought changes in library service delivery, and the Internet has become the dominant mode of information exchange in libraries. It has offered new opportunities for collecting, organizing, and disseminating local content as well as online resources. In Africa this transformation has been slow due to the digital divide but there are some efforts ongoing to close the gap. This panel presentation will describe technology initiatives in African libraries and provide insights to the challenges encountered in efforts to utilize technology to enhance services. Panelists will discuss digitization projects, institutional repositories, resource sharing, Internet connectivity, mobile technology and other relevant issues.

 

Submission Guidelines

 Proposals, and presentations, must be written and delivered in English,

Proposals should include:

1.    Title of the presentation

2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter

3.    Abstract (200-300 words)

4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted as an email attachment (Microsoft word or PDF) to dawson-a@ohio.edu

 

Deadline for proposal submission is Friday February 1, 2013

 

Presenters are responsible for their own travel and housing expenses at the conference.

 

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Event Dancing at the Revolution?: Libraries and the Arab Spring Uprisings

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Social movements depend on the efficient and effective sharing of information. What role have libraries played in the 2011 protests and revolutions that swept through Arab countries? Program is sponsored by the Near East and South Asia Subcommittee and the Africa Subcommittee of ALA’s International Relations Committee.

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Online Doc Library Associations in Africa

by Araba Dawson-Andoh on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 09:55 am

Where no associations were available we included national libraries or university libraries.

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To promote relations with libraries and librarians in the countries of Africa and to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the International Relations Committee.

 

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