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Advocacy Workshop for Public and Community Librarians

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Librarians from different public and community libraries in Uganda attended the Advocacy, communication and awareness raising workshop for new library services, which was organized by the National Library of Uganda and Maendeleo Foundation and funded by the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), at the Virtual University Uganda from 30th to 31st March 2015

This was the third training session and the fourth module in a string of trainings for librarians. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Ramune Petochovaite and Mr. Kaspurs Ruklis of EIFL, and was attended by twenty seven public and community librarians from 25 libraries. NLU believes that there will be a tremendous change in the service delivery of libraries in Uganda after these workshops.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:23 )
 

National Library of Uganda Ready for the World Book and Copyright Day 2015

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The National Library of Uganda (NLU) will join the rest of the world to commemorate the World Book and copyright Day which falls on April 23rd each year. NLU has organized a number of activities so as to reach as many people as possible and give them the cause to have a minute to think about the relevance of books.

The day was marked by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright and was first celebrated in 1995.

the connection between 23rd April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. UNESCO chose the same day because it is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 1616.

NLU celebrations will kick off with an open day on Tuesday when the public will be invited into our offices to get to know who is who and what we  have and do. the public will be free to ask anything they wish to know and give ideas and advice.

On Wednesday 22nd April a Public Author Reading for fiction novels will be held at NLU and the peak of the event will be handing over of the NLU Annual Author Award. this is the beginning of an annual event so don't miss to see our best fiction author of this year.

On Thursday 23rd April we shall have a book March with children from surrounding communities from Wandegeya Mosque to our offices on Buganda Road where we shall continue with a Children's reading tent till the end of the day. Donations of books will be handed over to the slum communities book box libraries and 2 schools supported by the Lions Club of Kampala.

On the same day, there will be a Public Debate at the National Theatre where three papers will be presented on the themes:

  • Books take you places by Mr. Fagil Mandy
  • You are what you read by Mr. Robert Bake; and
  • Books preserve our heritage by Ms. Victoria Sekitoleko

A publishers and booksellers exhibition will be mounted for the three days from 23rd to 25th April, along with other events you should not miss.

 

UgCLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015

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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 )
 

CHILDREN'S SPACES IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES RECEIVE MORE SPACE

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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 )
 

END OF YEAR PARTY 2014

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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 )
 
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