I wish to take this opportunity to welcome you our valued readers to this 6th issue of the LIAZ Newsletter 2020.
I am excited to present this issue to you as it is my first as Editor in Chief after taking over the responsibility from our immediate past Editor in Chief, Mr. Raymond Sikanyika who together with his editorial team worked tremendously at sustaining the publication of the previous issues of this Newsletter. On behalf of the editorial board we wish him well in his new endeavors.
The focus of this issue is to accommodate readers within and outside the field of library and information science. For LIS professionals, you will find interesting articles that will keep you abreast with current trends and professional development opportunities in the field as you read about the experiences of our IYALI 2020 participant and others. You will also enjoy the story from one of the longest serving librarians in the country.
To the general public you will find interesting news items that will keep you informed about our activities, mainly from the previous year and the general impact of libraries and information services on national development. Learn more about our contribution to the fight against COVID-19; children literacy promotion activities, such as door to door reading programs; and children’s radio programs by our innovative public and school librarians.
Other interesting stories to lookout for include the visit of our female librarians to Chimbokaila correctional facility female wing in Lusaka where they provided information resources, among other items to prisoners, as a good gesture in commemorating international women’s day.
I wish to further announce that a copy of this Newsletter is now available in both print and electronic format. An electronic copy is available on the association website and can be downloaded for free.
I wish to thank your readership and the continued support through the submission of articles and suggestions on the content for the newsletter.
Enjoy the read and remember COVID-19 is real. Let us protect ourselves and others in our homes and places of work by adhering to preventive guidelines provided by health experts such as washing of hands frequently, maintaining social distancing and masking up in public places.
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