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Leadership in African Libraries

A report from the African Library Summit conference July 3rd to 5th 2013 This second African Library Summit had 300 African library and information service (LIS) policy makers, leaders, managers, educators, researchers, publishers and suppliers in attendance. The venue was Pretoria bathed in strong winter sunlight with views from the University of South Africa of the Voortrekker Monument and, on the adjacent hill, the tall, slender poles of the Freedom Park sculpture of ascending reeds signifying the rebirth of the South African nation as well as a nation embracing the future. Mandela was in hospital just a quarter mile from our hotel and the local newspapers full of the feuding in his family. The title was The Horizon and Beyond.  But the real driving theme was that of leadership, innovation and change – what those mean in librarianship and what they might mean in an African cultural context.  The spiritual … Continue reading

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