16 November 2012

ALP Project report: Support to the promotion of information access and library professionals in Madagascar

Library professionals (librarians, documentalists, archivists, documentation specialists, museologists) are information profesionals, which includes the journalists informing the public about the news, the communicators publishing events, and the librarians sharing knowledge and lore.

The project consisted of a two-day workshop on "Support to the promotion of information access and library professionals in Madagascar". The workshop was facilitated by former IFLA President, Kay Raseroka (Botswana).

Project outcomes

  1. Participants are sensitized and aware of:

    • The significance of information access and transparency in documents
    • The value of the information and library profession in Madagascar
    • The potential to establish a association for information and library professionals
  2. Development of a situation assessment and contextual analysis of the library profession in Madagascar

Library professionals (librarians, documentalists, archivists, documentation specialists, museologists) are information profesionals, which includes the journalists informing the public about the news, the communicators publishing events, and the librarians sharing knowledge and lore.

The project consisted of a two-day workshop on "Support to the promotion of information access and library professionals in Madagascar". The workshop was facilitated by former IFLA President, Kay Raseroka (Botswana).

Workshop objectives:

  • Advancing documentation centers and the library professional trades in Madagascar and promote transparency and access to information
  • Raising the awareness of the public administration about the significance of the users’ right to know and document transparency for good governance

Recommendations were made at the end of the workshop to the Malagasy Minister of Culture and Heritage and Chairman of the Committee for the Safeguard of Integrity for draft legislation on access to information, and transparency monitoring.

Library and information professionals were encouraged to:

  • Network and foster the exchange of information in the achievement of fair access to information for all users
  • Facilitating access to information with integrity in accordance with the professional ethical standards of the IFLA-UNESCO manifesto and other relevant partners
  • To establish an association for information professionals_ in order to strengthen the networks of exchange between information specialists to get them committed to the application of article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Report by Reyna JOSVAH-RABIAZA, Junior Manager of Documentation, Responsible of the Documentation Center Committee for the Safeguard of Integrity, Madagascar

Antananarivo, 11-13 July 2012

LDP (Library Development Programme), Associations, Madagascar, Transparency, Good Governance

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