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KAWEMPE YOUTH CENTRE HOSTS THE 7TH UGANDA COMMUNITY LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

On 28th July 2017, all roads led to Kawempe Youth Centre (KYC) for representatives of Uganda’s Community Libraries to attend a 3 days’ annual conference. The Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA) and KYCUganda in collaboration with Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL) organized the 7th Annual conference which attracted 32 community libraries. The theme for the conference was ‘New Technologies: Implications for Libraries”. UgCLA, which was established in 2007, is an NGO that networks and coordinates over 132 community libraries with the main aim of complimenting the education system of Uganda and promoting the development of productive literacy practices by encouraging and supporting the growth of community libraries.

The 3 day conference program included book distribution from Book Aid International. The book collection included children’s books, reference material like atlases, readers, business, medical, social and many other academic books. Members were encouraged to pick books for their libraries at a minimal fee of 30,000/- per box. The conference sessions included presentations on new technologies and their implications on libraries, ICT practical in which members had an opportunity to open up email accounts and got tips on how to write blogs. Participants were introduced to the African Storybook (ASB), a literacy initiative that provides openly licensed picture storybooks for early reading in the African local languages with an interactive website that enables users to read, create, download, translate and adapt stories. The initiative addresses the dire shortage of children’s story books in Africa. Members agreed that there was still a lot of work to be done in publishing storybooks in the local languages. Five libraries, many with innovative ideas, presented their ICT stories. All expressed challenges with access to internet for public use in their libraries. Members came up with ideas on how to advocate for support for community libraries in terms of ICTs, equipment and software. To crown it all, UgCLA’s Annual General Meeting was held in which a new Board of Trustees consisting of seven members was unanimously elected. KYC’s CEO, Esther Kyazike was elected as the treasurer.