I would like to welcome you to the LIAZ Newsletter, the first since the last Annual General Conference (AGC) which was held last year 2017 in Siavonga. First and foremost on be-half of the National Executive and indeed on my own behalf I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all LIAZ Members for ushering me and my team into office for the year 2017 to 2019. So far it has been an exciting journey serving you all and we shall continue to learn from each other in order to foster the Agenda of the Association forward.
Many great achievements and milestones were scored by the previous Executive and I must say they did an exemplary work and the task left is quite enormous but together we shall achieve. I would like to say a personal thank to the previous Executive and indeed to Mrs. Velenasi Mwale Munsanje for the works and successes made.
LIAZ has endeavored to uphold its vision and I quote “A Professional Association that will promote professional development and excellence in library and information services”. LIAZ engaged in many activities in pursuance of this vision and it is gratifying to announce to you that the Association has successfully clichéd the Worldreader project which will be implemented in 10 Council Libraries and each library will receive 50 e-readers. And Worldreader has conducted capacity building workshops for the librarians in these 10 Libraries.
LIAZ has also partnered with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) on a one year training program for Public Librarians’ Capacity building in order to develop new technology based services to meet community needs. This is EIFL’s fifth national capacity building initiative for public librarians in Africa.
I would also like to congratulate Kalaba Mweni Kolandian INELI-SSAf Innovator who was awarded an Emerging Library Innovator. She was awarded a certificate of completion of the International Network For Emerging Library Innovators. We are still on with the battle for Legislation, we are still engaged with the relevant officials in pursuance of this cause. Milestones have been made to this cause and we are hopeful that we will succeed.
We have managed to collect the draft Bill with comments from the Ministry of General Education and we are currently working on the document.
Lastly I must admit that the editorial team has had challenges in soliciting for articles from the membership hence, the reason for the delay in publishing this edition. Therefore, I would like to appeal to all LIAZ members to take keen interest in the newsletter and ensure that they participate by submitting articles to the editorial team. The continued existence of this newsletter is largely de-pendent on support from its members.
At the last AGC, in 2017, a new LIAZ Executive committee was ushered in office to manage the affairs of the association for a period of 4 years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the trust and confidence shown in the new management team. With your support, we are confident that we will succeed in building the association to the level that you want it to be.
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