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The World Book and Copyrightday.

 BACKGROUND
 
The World Book and Copyright Day, also known as “International Day of the Book” is a yearly event declared by UNESCO to pay world-wide tribute to books and their authors.

The UNESCO General Conference in 1995 declared April 23rd every year a World Book and Copyright Day. It is a symbolic date for World literature.
This day emerged from anniversaries of great authors especially Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who are believed to have died on the above mentioned date.

The idea of celebrating this day however originated in Catalonia in Spain on St George’s Day where a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. It is therefore upon this background that the National Library of Uganda (NLU) gives her users books free of charge.

The future of the books and copyright concerns all those who dream of a world in which knowledge is shared and the values of tolerance, solidarity and dialogue can flourish.
It is therefore important that the parties concerned work unceasingly to ensure the success of the industry on which their existence depends.

The success of the World Book and Copyright Day primarily depends on participation of the general public. Each year the event is conducted in different public/community libraries in Uganda in order to ensure that the whole country joins the rest of the world in commemoration of this day.

AIM
To encourage everyone, in particular the young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

OBJECTIVES
To strengthen the culture of reading for information and pleasure purposes
To promote a reading culture amongst the children
To appreciate the contribution of authors towards the promotion of a reading culture in the country 

ACTIVITIES
National Library of Uganda takes the lead role in organizing WBC Day celebrations in Uganda. It has organized the celebrations since April 2006.

Last years activities included:-
§         A Public author Reading at the NLU offices
§         A Children’s Reading Tent at Kampala City Council
§         A Book exhibition by NLU and some local publishers at KCC
§         Donation of books to NLU library users of that particular day.
§         Essay competition for primary and secondary schools around Kampala
The theme for last year was "Books for Life".


The theme for this year was  "'Read for Pleasure'. It was arrived at after agreeing that people should learn reading for leisure and relaxation.

Activities for this year included:-
-         A reading tent for five (5) primary schools within Ntinda town at Megabyte Community Library on the 20th April 2010
-         Public author reading at National Library of Uganda on 26th April 2010, starting at 4:00 pm.
-         A Book exhibition by publishers and authors at the NLU on the 26th April 2010, starting at 2:00pm.
-         Reading promotion activities at Public and Community libraries country-wide.
-         Book give away at the National Library of Uganda.


 

 

International Literacy Day-8th September, 2010:

Educational Institutions and Literacy missions around the World commemorate the International Literacy Day on September 8. Endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), this day is proclaimed for disseminating literacy awareness amongst World's illiterate community. 

The National Theme is: "Literacy and Empowerment: The potential for wealth creation". This will be organised in Busia District Local Government and shall be graced with the launching of Busia Public Library. The Guest of honour will be the Prime Minister Professor Apollo Nsibambi.

Prior to the Literacy Day, certain activities will be organised and these include the following:- 

Between 31st August and 1st September, 2010; an Exhibition at National Theatre Garden where National Library of Uganda will participate.

7th September, 2010; a Symposium at Busia with two sub-themes that is, 1)The Empowering Role of Literacy in Wealth Creation 2) Best Practices in Literacy for Social- Economic Transformation.

On the D day (September 8), there will be celebrations such as an Exhibition from Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) learners and launching of Busia Municipality Library with the participation of neighbouring districts such as Tororo and Butaleja.

We invite the general public to participate in the above mentioned activities.

Book Week Festival 2010:

The book week festival is carried out every year. During that week there are various book related activities held in different parts of the country. They include a book fair in Kampala, reading tents, both in Kampala and up country, book exhibitions and book donations. The celebrations started as far back as 1997. The National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU) receives funds from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the East African Book Development Association (EABDA). As a member of NABOTU, National Library Uganda organizes activities in up country centres in close collaboration with the various local governments, public and community libraries and local booksellers. Each year, the festivities upcountry have a focus centre where national celebrations are held. The focus centre for this year will be Mubende Public Library.

The book week activities for this year will be celebrated under the theme "Books Enriching Your Life" and will be conducted starting on the 13th-18th September 2010.

National Library Director attends meeting:

The National Library Director, Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa and WDL Uganda Project Coordinator, Sarah Birungi Kaddu, recently took part in the WDL partners’ meeting held in Washington, DC, USA. It was the inaugural meeting of Directors of all those institutions that are participating in the World Digital Library Project. Ms Mulindwa made a presentation on Building Digitization Capacity in Developing countries and talked about the progress made since the start of the project at the beginning of 2010; the challenges made and the benefits that have come to the NLU because of the project. The two also attended the American Library Association Conference.

 

1. Introduction:
   
The National Library of Uganda in conjunction with the World Digital Library Uganda; WDL (U) organized a workshop between 4th-6th October 2010 at the Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU). The theme for the workshop was: The WDL (U): Achievements, Challenges and the Future.

Unlike the traditional library where the user has to physically visit the library to access information materials, the WDL allows users to access information materials anywhere, anytime and in different formats. This is because it provides advance ways of searching for materials, their retrieval and presentation. It should therefore be noted that when materials are digitized, they serve as important vehicles to improve education outreach and stands across the continents.

2. Workshop objectives:

(i) To review the progress so far made by WDL (U)
(ii) To have an education forum in which knowledge and ideas could be shared
(iii) To have hands on experience (Acquire knowledge and skills)
(iv) To charter strategies for the future of the WDL (U)
At the end of the workshop, all the above objectives were achieved.

3. Participants:

 

The workshop attracted twenty-five participants (25). These participants came from institutions that contribute towards the development of WDL (U) collection by providing cultural heritage materials.

4. Presentations:

There were seven facilitators who presented on the following:

1) Overview of WDL
2) Management in the context of WDL
3) Theory and practice of WDL
4) The scanning process part I (Pre-scanning and scanning)
5) Marketing and PRO
6) The Metadata process at WDL (U)
7) The scanning process part II (Post processing)
8) Database Management Systems
9) Preservation and Conservation process
10) Creating Local Digital Libraries: an overview
11) Electronic Database Management Systems 

 

Participants had an opportunity to work in groups which encouraged participation and also putting the acquired theory into practice (hands on experience).

5. Challenges:

The major challenges to the project are:-
a) Since the project aims to have access to rare and unique materials, there has been a great challenge in terms of selection and later acquisition of these materials from different institutions.
b) Much as we intend to have a lot of information uploaded, there is need to deal with copyright issues where some writers and institutions with such information restrict access to these information materials, thus seeking permission before information is made available for everyone to access.
c) Hesitancy of contributor institutions and individuals because of security to their materials.

6. Conclusion:

Let us remember to preserve Uganda’s culture which gives us a source of belonging: “Unity in diversity: the coming together as a nation of Uganda”.

 

WDL (U) HOLDS THE 1ST STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP.

1. Introduction:
   
The National Library of Uganda in conjunction with the World Digital Library Uganda; WDL (U) organized a workshop between 4th-6th October 2010 at the Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU). The theme for the workshop was: The WDL (U): Achievements, Challenges and the Future.

Unlike the traditional library where the user has to physically visit the library to access information materials, the WDL allows users to access information materials anywhere, anytime and in different formats. This is because it provides advance ways of searching for materials, their retrieval and presentation. It should therefore be noted that when materials are digitized, they serve as important vehicles to improve education outreach and stands across the continents.

2. Workshop objectives:

(i) To review the progress so far made by WDL (U)
(ii) To have an education forum in which knowledge and ideas could be shared
(iii) To have hands on experience (Acquire knowledge and skills)
(iv) To charter strategies for the future of the WDL (U)
At the end of the workshop, all the above objectives were achieved.

1. Introduction:
   
The National Library of Uganda in conjunction with the World Digital Library Uganda; WDL (U) organized a workshop between 4th-6th October 2010 at the Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU). The theme for the workshop was: The WDL (U): Achievements, Challenges and the Future.

Unlike the traditional library where the user has to physically visit the library to access information materials, the WDL allows users to access information materials anywhere, anytime and in different formats. This is because it provides advance ways of searching for materials, their retrieval and presentation. It should therefore be noted that when materials are digitized, they serve as important vehicles to improve education outreach and stands across the continents.

2. Workshop objectives:

(i) To review the progress so far made by WDL (U)
(ii) To have an education forum in which knowledge and ideas could be shared
(iii) To have hands on experience (Acquire knowledge and skills)
(iv) To charter strategies for the future of the WDL (U)
At the end of the workshop, all the above objectives were achieved.

3. Participants:

 

The workshop attracted twenty-five participants (25). These participants came from institutions that contribute towards the development of WDL (U) collection by providing cultural heritage materials.

4. Presentations:

There were seven facilitators who presented on the following:

1) Overview of WDL
2) Management in the context of WDL
3) Theory and practice of WDL
4) The scanning process part I (Pre-scanning and scanning)
5) Marketing and PRO
6) The Metadata process at WDL (U)
7) The scanning process part II (Post processing)
8) Database Management Systems
9) Preservation and Conservation process
10) Creating Local Digital Libraries: an overview
11) Electronic Database Management Systems 

 

Participants had an opportunity to work in groups which encouraged participation and also putting the acquired theory into practice (hands on experience).

5. Challenges:

The major challenges to the project are:-
a) Since the project aims to have access to rare and unique materials, there has been a great challenge in terms of selection and later acquisition of these materials from different institutions.
b) Much as we intend to have a lot of information uploaded, there is need to deal with copyright issues where some writers and institutions with such information restrict access to these information materials, thus seeking permission before information is made available for everyone to access.
c) Hesitancy of contributor institutions and individuals because of security to their materials.

6. Conclusion:

Let us remember to preserve Uganda’s culture which gives us a source of belonging: “Unity in diversity: the coming together as a nation of Uganda”.

3. Participants:

 

The workshop attracted twenty-five participants (25). These participants came from institutions that contribute towards the development of WDL (U) collection by providing cultural heritage materials.

4. Presentations:

There were seven facilitators who presented on the following:

1) Overview of WDL
2) Management in the context of WDL
3) Theory and practice of WDL
4) The scanning process part I (Pre-scanning and scanning)
5) Marketing and PRO
6) The Metadata process at WDL (U)
7) The scanning process part II (Post processing)
8) Database Management Systems
9) Preservation and Conservation process
10) Creating Local Digital Libraries: an overview
11) Electronic Database Management Systems 

 

Participants had an opportunity to work in groups which encouraged participation and also putting the acquired theory into practice (hands on experience).

5. Challenges:

The major challenges to the project are:-
a) Since the project aims to have access to rare and unique materials, there has been a great challenge in terms of selection and later acquisition of these materials from different institutions.
b) Much as we intend to have a lot of information uploaded, there is need to deal with copyright issues where some writers and institutions with such information restrict access to these information materials, thus seeking permission before information is made available for everyone to access.
c) Hesitancy of contributor institutions and individuals because of security to their materials.

6. Conclusion:

Let us remember to preserve Uganda’s culture which gives us a source of belonging: “Unity in diversity: the coming together as a nation of Uganda”.

The National Library of Uganda participated in the International Literacy Day exhibition organised by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development from the 31st August-1st September 2010. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Literacy and Empowerment, a potential for wealth creation.”

The exhibition took place at the National theater gardens with participants from Functional Adult Learners (FAL) groups such as Reach out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS initiative, Kampala central division FAL class, LABE, Finish refugee council, Mpigi district FAL, military police women group and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

The International Literacy Day was declared by UNESCO to be celebrated on the 8th September each year to draw global attention to the status of adult literacy and worldwide literacy issues and needs. This therefore gives an opportunity to stake holders to identify challenges and suggest possible solutions for accelerating national and local efforts geared towards reducing illiteracy. FAL groups demonstrated the skills they have acquired from their education and this included but not limited to poultry products, art pieces, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, ability to read and write and entertainment groups. In this perspective, the NLU encouraged FAL groups to read because information is a source of wisdom. They were further requested to make reading a habit in their homes. The exhibition was a success. Awareness of existence of FAL groups was created and free HIV/AIDS counseling and testing was provided to the public as a strategy to fight illiteracy, disease and poverty in the country.

13th -15th  September 2010

Introduction
The National Library of Uganda organized and funded a community-reading tent, which was one of the activities to celebrate the National Book Week festival. It took place in Mubende district, which was the focus center for this year’s Upcountry activities. Official Opening
The reading tent was officially opened on the 14th of September by the president of Mubende Rotary club Mr. Benson Kayiwa. This event was attended by District officials, administrators, church leaders, teachers, Head teachers, pupils, students, adult learners, the general public and a delegation from Kampala that comprised of librarians, writers, publishers and Booksellers. Specific Objectives 
  • To create awareness about the available variety of reading materials for the community of Mubende by mounting an exhibition.
  • To promote a shared enjoyment of reading for both adults and children
  • To give participants an insight into the process of writing and other means of expression such as story telling, poetry recitation, drawing and singing
  • To impart skills in management of a collection of information materials and promoting and teaching reading to the teachers.
  • Engage Functional Adult Learners in reading and different activities connected to reading

The overall purpose was to promote the development of a reading habit among the children and adults of Mubende district. Activities
Various activities took place during the reading tent activities and these included;

1. Teacher training workshop
Twenty teachers from nine schools and one Functional Adult Literacy instructor from Mubende attended a one-day training workshop where they were taught the basics of library management and how to promote a reading culture.
2. Library Exhibition
A collection of reference books, novels and professional textbooks for adults in various professions, government publications, reports plus old copies of bound news papers were displayed on tables inside the library by staff of the National Library of Uganda. There was also a separate exhibition of the information materials available in  the library. The public selected and read as they wished. Reading materials and educative toys for nursery and primary school level children were spread out on mats. The children were free to pick books and toys of their choice, and sit and read.

3. Reading Activities
After choosing books of their choice and reading freely for a while, the children were divided into groups and they were engaged in the following activities competitively.

  • Reading aloud
  • Essay writing
  • Story writing
  • Book making
  • Drawing and coloring
  •  Spelling
  • Word games
  • Quiz

Due to the planning and organization of both the National Library of Uganda and Mubende Town Council, the teacher-training workshop and the reading tent were a success. Special thanks go to the Head teachers, teachers, pupils, students, FAL instructors and the adult learners who were eager to learn and never shied away from any new activity/idea presented. Thanks also go to the National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU), the East African Book Development Association (EABDA) and the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA) for the support given towards the up country activities during the Book Week Festival.

 The residents of Busia Town Council at the border with Kenya can now access library facilities following the establishment of the Busia Public Library.  The library was commissioned as part of the celebrations to mark International Literacy Day which this year were held in Busia.  It is located within the Busia Town Council premises and is expected to be used by children, secondary school students, civil servants and adult literacy learners.  The National Library of Uganda donated 300 titles as starter stock for the community and more are expected to be delivered in the near future.  NLU had also earlier provided basic training in library routines for the person in charge.

After the commissioning, the NLU Director and staff interacted with the community, and the residents were given an opportunity to indicate what they would like to have in their library collection.  Many indicated that they would like to see more Ugandan publications, especially those that give information about government programmes.  They also want to have more books related to the Uganda secondary school syllabus. The adults who are not in school wish to have self-help information materials.

Besides books, the library also has ten laptops that were donated from Sweden and are supposed to be used by the youth.  It is expected to grow and serve all sections of the community.

 

World Digital Library Project staff visit Institutions:

 

Sarah Kaddu, the WDL Uganda Project Coordinator and Ezra Kalule, the Meta Data Specialist have been traversing the country to try and discover the ‘treasures’ that Uganda has and indeed they have not been disappointed. Many previously unknown small collections and items in library and research circles have been discovered. They are mostly to be found in private collections and religious institutions. Alas they are in quite poor state partly because of the humid and dusty conditions that prevail in Uganda and partly because of neglect. The good news is that many of those who have them see the importance of preservation of this important national heritage and they are willing to cooperate with the National Library of Uganda to have them scanned and also where necessary and possible, to do some repair and conservation work on them.

Among the items discovered are pictures from the pre-independence period and books on Uganda that have long been out of print and which many information institutions and researchers in the country have been looking for, without much success. To date, more than ten institutions have signed the contributor agreement to have some of their items on the World Digital Library. The coming six months, to the end of 2010, are going to be an exciting period as the NLU finally puts home identified and digitised materials on the web site for the whole world to see.

As they continue visiting different parts of Uganda to acquire heritage materials, the WDL project has been able to digitise alot of data and this include the following:

During the period 31st January- 5th February, 2011, the Project Coordinator, Ms. Sarah Kaddu and the Metadata Specialist, Mr. Kalule, Ezra travelled to South Africa.

The visit involved meeting the department of Library Services Managing Group to discuss prospects and services of the WDL in Sub Saharan Africa and a four day training in Metadata applications and visit to the National Library of South Africa.

When contacted about his experience, Ezra had this to say:

"This was my first time to travel outside Uganda. It was very exciting meeting new people. The knowledge and skills acquired   were excellent. I loved the kindness and generosity from the University of Pretoria."

Among other things he gained more knowledge about D-space; this is a vocal repository for digital images, he had a chance to be taken through the process of post scanning, and convering scanned images to PDF and passing them through OCR. In addition, the Metadata Specialist visited the National Library of South Africa and basically the Conservation Centre where he acquired knowledge on treatment of materials of all kinds for sustainability.

BACKGROUND
 The World Book and Copyright Day, also known as “International Day of the Book” is a yearly event declared by UNESCO to pay worldwide tribute to books and their authors.

The UNESCO General Conference in 1995 declared April 23rd every year a World Book and Copyright Day. It is a symbolic date for World literature.
This day emerged from anniversaries of great authors especially Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who are believed to have died on the above mentioned date.

The idea of celebrating this day however originated in Catalonia in Spain on St George’s Day where a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. It is therefore upon this background that the National Library of Uganda (NLU) gives her users books free of charge.

The future of the books and copyright concerns all those who dream of a world in which knowledge is shared and the values of tolerance, solidarity and dialogue can flourish.
It is therefore important that the parties concerned work unceasingly to ensure the success of the industry on which their existence depends.

The success of the World Book and Copyright Day primarily depends on participation of the public. Each year the event is conducted in different public/community libraries in Uganda in order to ensure that the whole country joins the rest of the world in commemoration of this day.

AIM
To encourage everyone, in particular the young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

OBJECTIVES
To strengthen the culture of reading for information and pleasure purposes
To promote a reading culture amongst the children
To appreciate the contribution of authors towards the promotion of a reading culture in the country 

ACTIVITIES
National Library of Uganda takes the lead role in organizing WBC Day celebrations in Uganda. It has organized the celebrations since April 2006.

Last years activities included:-
-A reading tent for five (5) primary schools within Ntinda town at Megabyte Community Library on the 20th April 2010
-         Public Author Reading and a book give a way at National Library of Uganda on 26th April 2010, starting at 4:00 pm.
-         A Book exhibition by publishers and authors at the NLU on the 26th April 2010, starting at 2:00pm.
-         Reading promotion activities at Public and Community libraries country-wide.
-         Book give away at the National Library of Uganda.

The theme for this year was  "Transforming Society through Books". It was arrived at after realizing the need to appreciate the contribution of books towards society development. 23rd April 2011 happened to fall on an Easter weekened so celebrations were drawn back to 21st  April with a week of activities begining with;

-A public Author Reading and a book give away at the National Library of Uganda on the 19th April 2011

-A public lecture at Emerald Hotel, Kampala with Hon. Matembe and Mr. Fagil Mandy as the guest speakers. This was on the 20th April 2011

- A reading Tent at A-Z community library, Nansana on the 21st April 2011 which was preceded by a book march around Nansana town council.

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