African Public Libraries Summit 2012

Informing Africa, Developing Africa

When

19 – 21 September 2012

Where

Johannesburg, South Africa

Description

Development in the 21st century demands access to information

Across Africa, libraries are transforming themselves to serve as platforms for development.

African Public Libraries SummetTo further this, on 19 September, the first-ever continent-wide convening of public library leaders and policymakers will meet under the theme of "Informing Africa, Developing Africa."The rural farmer needs to connect with new markets to sell his crops. The start-up entrepreneur needs capital to launch her business. The community health worker needs up-to-date research to care for her patients. What they all have in common is a need for information. Today's public library combines a trusted, local institution with information access that is critical to powering economic opportunity and community development.

Across Africa, libraries are transforming themselves to serve as platforms for development. To further this, on 19 September, the first-ever continent-wide convening of public library leaders and policymakers will meet under the theme of "Informing Africa, Developing Africa." Over the course of three days, delegates will engage with each other to discuss the opportunities for creating successful, 21st century libraries that contribute to the development priorities of African communities, countries and continent.

See: conference website

Conference, Africa, South Africa

Last update: 4 October 2012