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The National Library of Uganda participated in the 5th Annual Conference for the Uganda Community Libraries Association which was held from the 18th to the 20th of January 2015 at Kitengesa Community Library in Lwanunda Masaka. The theme for the conference was “Community Engagement; Libraries for Community Empowerment”. The library was represented by the Director; Ms. Gertrude KayagaMulindwa and the IRES department staff; Ms. Jenifer Nalwanga and Mr. Amanyabyona Raymond. Mr. Amanyabyona and Ms. Nalwanga made presentations and remarks on the importance of some of the key library service skills that librarians should take into account like stock taking, accession register, record keeping and other ideas on library activities for their users.

The Director made remarks on the funding received for public and community libraries under the Children’s Corners project funded by Book Aid International in partnership with the Headley Trust. She briefly described that the project was mainly for donation of children’s books and refurbishment of the libraries to create a child friendly environment for children. The Director invited forward the Libraries that were present at the conference to briefly talk about their projects. She mentioned that in the near future, NLU and UgCLA would work out a schedule to give basic librarianship skills to both the public and community librarians at the National library of Uganda.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 March 2015 11:10 )


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National Library of Uganda(NLU) ushered in the year 2015 with good news. In the department of the Inspectorate Research and Extension Services (IRES) one of the NLU partners; Book Aid International successfully secured funding from the Headley Trust in the UK to extend the project “Changing libraries for children in Uganda” by creating children’s corners to 10 more Public/ Community libraries. This will make the total of 27 children’s libraries established countrywide through this project.

BAI has also managed to secure funding to digitize 10children’s libraries. The project will see an upgrade on the already existing services provided as a result of the “Changing libraries for children in Uganda” by introducing the use of ICTs for Children. The libraries will receive e-readers/ tablets from World Reader to promote computer/ ICT literacy among children and it will have a component of training for the staff on how to manage the project, care and use of the equipment and extend the service to the little ones. They will also receive a top- up of books from the previous shipment to add onto their existing collection and a grant to undertake significant research around the use of books and digital resources with children.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 March 2015 10:46 )


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The NLU staff ended the year in style as they held their first of a kind end of year party on the 19th of December 2014 at Jeliza hotel on Bombo road in Kampala. This party was one of a kind as all the staff members got a chance to interact freely, exchange presents and play various games that promoted interacting and getting to know one another more. We even had the people’s choice award of Mr NLU who was Jonath Nsimenta and Miss NLU was chosen to be the Director; Ms. Gertrude KayagaMulindwa.

Other highlights included remarks from the Director and Deputy Director Mr. Adoniah Katungisa. Some of the remarks made were about the success of the NLU Sacco and its smooth running through the year, the good things that happened for the staff in 2014; including Ms. Daisy Ashabahebwa who welcomed a bouncing baby boy, Mrs Irene Nakayenga Serungoji who said “I do’s” to Mr. Serungoji on the 30th of August among others.

At this party, staff also recognized the commendable work of Mr. Isma Mulindwa who had been a Driver with NLU from November 2011 to December 2014. Mr. Mulindwa exhibited great devotion to his work, professionalism as well team. We wish him all the best in the New Year and at his new work place.

The library was closed for the holidays from the 24th of December 2014 to the 5th of January 2015.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 March 2015 10:05 )

Christmas bonanza at the National Library

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Christmas came early in 2014 as we were lucky to receive a donation of 100 books from Ms. Amani Mbale from the UN Village Nakasero and Mr. Ismail Ibrahim from UNDP on the 12th of December 2014. We are really grateful for the lovely children’s books donated to us and we are sure the children will be delighted to read them come the DEAR day and Book Week festivities among others. We also extend our gratitude to Isabella who gave us some of her favorite books within this collection.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 March 2015 10:12 )

Mbale Library Committee Visits the National Library of Uganda on 17th December 2014

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The Mbale Library Committee braved the Kampala Christmas season traffic to pay a visit to the National Library of Uganda and hold discussions on the future of Mbale Public library.

The visiting committee members were Mr. Cornelius Wekunya, the Committee Chairman and representative of the Senior Citizens, Mr. Fred Kusolo, the Deputy Chairman and representative of the youth, Mrs. Norah Naomi Aryada, a retired teacher and representative of Women, Mr. James Nampandu, a representative of the farmers and Mr. Gideon Kintu, the Librarian. They were met by Ms. Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa, NLU Director and Mrs. Stella Nekuusa, the Principal Librarian and Head of Department, Inspection, Research and Extension Services.

They discussed, among other things the many achievements that they have attained over the past year. These include, the revamping of the children’s services as well as the uninterrupted provision of ICT and Internet services to the Mbale clientele. The challenges they face were also discussed in detail, the major one being the lack of proper library accommodation. It was agreed that the National Library would work closely with the Committee and the Mbale Municipal Council to ensure that the library moves into its own home. Besides the meeting, the committee members also carried some ‘Christmas cheer’ for the National Library staff.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 January 2015 09:49 )
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