Preparing for the Unexpected: Workshop on Emergency Readiness and Disaster Management Sets the Stage for Proactive Responses

Preparing for the Unexpected: Workshop on Emergency Readiness and Disaster Management Sets the Stage for Proactive Responses

The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) through the International Federation of Library Association and Institution (IFLA) Preservation and Conservation Centre (PAC) kicked off the SCECSAL / SCANUL-ECS Conference by facilitating a SCECSAL Pre-Conference workshop on Emergency Readiness and Disaster Management on 20 and 21 April 2024 at the Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya.

SCECSAL is a regional forum for information and library associations in Africa. The organisation has its origins in the East African Library Association (EALA) and is now one of the largest and fastest growing professional organisations in Africa.

This year’s SCECSAL/SCANUL-ECS conference was aimed at providing attendees with educational workshops, training sessions, and opportunities for sharing diverse opinions and perspectives on effective ways of transforming libraries across Africa.  The conference was celebrated under the theme “Re-Imagining Information Products and Services for the Digital Era”.

The NLSA, in partnership with the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM), hosted the two-day workshop on Emergency Readiness and Disaster Management at the Technical University of Mombasa. The workshop was facilitated by Ms BB Sonto Moleme, Director of Business Development, and Mr Nazeem Israel (Bookbinder) from the National Library of South Africa and covered topics such as library disaster prevention, emergency preparedness, response, and recovery operations before, during, and after disaster. Delegates from five African countries attended the workshop.

The University of Mombasa Vise Chancellor, Professor Leila Abubakar emphasised the need for the African continent to increase its knowledge, reach, and understanding of the elements of ERDM, and relevant knowledge in preparedness, response, and recovery in cases of disaster. She went on to highlight the importance of continuous professional development and capacity building to enable archivists and librarians to enhance their skills and abilities.

On the last day of the ERDM workshop, participants received certificates of course completion. Among the dignitaries who attended the closing ceremony were Mr Kepi Madumo, the National Librarian and CEO of the NLSA; Professor Peter Gatiti, President of the Kenya Library Association; and Ms Mutinta Nabuyanda, President of the Library and Information Association of Zambia.

The National Library of South Africa delegation handed over the fully equipped disaster management boxes to the TUM Library. These boxes were received by Vice Chancellor Professor Leila Abubakar of the Technical University of Mombasa.

 

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