ZimLA step up Library policy formulation

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(ZimLA NEC members who attended the National Library Policy (NLP) held in Harare recently.)

The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) National Executive Council (NEC) met in Harare for a review of the National Library Policy (NLP) formulation process that started last year through funding provided by the International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) Building Strong Library Associations initiative (BSLA).

According to IFLA website, BSLA is a comprehensive programme offering a strategic and coordinated approach to capacity building and sustainability of library associations.

ZimLA NEC is the highest ruling body of the association.

The NLP is expected to provide a framework for the operations of libraries in Zimbabwe through giving specific guidelines on fulfilling the functions and services of libraries. The meeting agreed to move forward towards crafting the draft document which is expected to be presented for consultation in a few weeks time.

ZimLA president, Mr Lantern Fusire emphasized a need to swiftly work on the draft to avoid missing the stated deadlines. Six (6) key strategic areas where identified that should be addressed by the NLP including Library funding, Library advocacy and Library Human Capital issues among others.

Six working groups where assigned to contribute towards developing the draft document to be tabled before NEC by end of August.

The meeting was a follow up to previous efforts by the association to promulgate a policy that espouses libraries in Zimbabwe. A lack of such a policy has been identified as the major constraint to the growth of library institutions and the library profession at large in the country. If the draft document is accepted and adopted by government, it is expected to be the panacea to issues bedeviling the library sector.