18 November 2010
Building Strong Library Associations programme begins in Botswana
Committee members of the Botswana Library Association will meet with a broad range of stakeholders over the next two days to discuss two key actions in Botswana: the development of a national library policy for public libraries, and the role of libraries in the government's development agenda, Vision 2016.
Core trainer, Winnie Vitzansky, will facilitate the stakeholder summit from November 18-19 2010. Guest speakers from the association, the Botswana library community and the President of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) Naomi Haasbroek will contribute to the meeting. Representatives of other library associations in Botswana, the library school at the University of Botswana, staff of major library institutions, and representatives of the Botswana National Library Service, the Ministry of Education and Skills Development and the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Culture will attend the summit.
The Botswana stakeholder summit is the first in-country activity of the Building Strong Library Associations programme, which was anounced at the IFLA Congress in Gothenburg. Six countries commence their participation in 2010, with a further three to commence in 2011. The call for applications for 2011 is now open. More information about the BSLA programme is available on the IFLA website.