AfLIA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
The AfLIA Leadership Academy
AfLIA believes that public Libraries have the potential to drive community development in the areas where they are located. As the safe, neutral places in the community, they provide the much needed space, environment and resources for children, the youth, students in secondary school as well as adults in both rural and urban areas, to learn, play, read for pleasure and commune with each other.
Such libraries have to be managed by leaders that are in tune with their communities, are willing to explore new possibilities and are eager to advocate for libraries to enable them to support their countries' development agendas and the overall African Union vision 2063, 'Towards the Africa we want'
AfLIA, in partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA) of the USA and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Libraries Initiative has therefore established the AfLIA Leadership Academy. This Academy aims at providing in-service training for middle managers of African Public Libraries to effectively take charge of libraries of the twenty first century. The training is expected to bridge the gap between management of collections and linking them to communities on one hand and making libraries vibrant centres of communities, linking people, information and services, on the other hand.
The training will enable library leaders to reflect on their leadership styles and how they can use their place in the community to uplift that community; to form partnerships with non library organisations in their communities to develop comprehensive services that positively impact on the everyday lives of the people.
The first cohort of the Academy is scheduled to start in early 2018.