CILIP announces partnerships with African Library and Information Association (AfLIA) and Sharjah Public Libraries (SPL) under the Working Internationally for Libraries project
In line with CILIP’s commitment to establish libraries as a vibrant and positive addition to the overall picture of international collaboration and diplomacy, two recent agreements of collaboration were signed with organisaions in the Africa and Middle-East region.
The activities under these agreements will promote knowledge-exchange, partnership working and the sharing of best practices, and will enable library professionals and services to develop excellence in their practice.
The partnership agreement with AfLIA was was signed in a virtual ceremony, which took place on the 30th January 2020 simultaneously in London, UK and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and provided an opportunity for the CILIP President and Board of Trustees to meet AfLIA President Mr. Mandla Ntombla. In his letter of support, Mr. Ntombela stated, “Through this initiative, librarians will manage to meet, engage and discuss many issues of common interest, and exchange experiences and opinions on the most important developments and trends on the continental and global needs and to engage. As AfLIA, it is our strategic direction to equip librarians and libraries with 21st Century skills. Hence, CILIP has come at right time and together we can do more in our continent.”
CILIP President Professor Judy Broady-Preston commented, “This new partnership helps to establish a lasting bridge between our professional communities in the UK and across Africa. It will create opportunities for us to learn from each other, to support one another and to help face the future with confidence. At a time when nations are threatening to close their borders, it is more important than ever that we build bridges with librarians and information professionals globally.”
The signing ceremony with Sharjah Public Libraries took place on the 6th February 2020 in the presence of H.E Mr. Ahmed Al Amri, President Sharjah Book Authority, CILIP’s president Prof. Judy Broady-Preston and CEO Nick Poole. The event was attended by Mr. Abdullah Musabbeh Al Kaabi – Cultural Attaché at the embassy of UAE in UK, along with representatives from CILIP, Arts Council England, and the British Library.
Commenting on the signing, H.E Mr. Ahmed Al Amri said, "Libraries are a leading and powerful force in developing information literacy as it provides the essential resources for children, youth and adults to facilitate meaningful learning, thereby promoting an inclusive reading culture that helps in the creation of a literate society. Through our international partnerships, Sharjah Public Libraries seeks to adopt best industry practices in the field of library science, identify current shortcomings, and address them to enhance its offerings to the communities it serves.”
CILIP looks forward to working with colleagues in both regions to develop a plan of activities that will support visits, co-publishing opportunities, and sharing of knowledge and resources on virtual and physical platforms.
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