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IFLA helps launch information network for African librarians

07-08-2006 (Addis Ababa)
IFLA helps launch information network for  African librarians
Giuseppe ARCIMBOLDO, The Librarian,
towards 1565, Collection
Eva H÷kenberg, Stockholm
Librarians from across Africa have launched an information exchange network to promote access to, and more effective use of, government information for democratic and economic development on the continent, following a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Workshop had been co-sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The Access to Information Network-Africa (AINA) will act as a forum for exchanging information and discussing strategies for implementing the recommendations of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Africa.

The network emerged out of a workshop held on 27-30 March 2006, which brought together more than 80 library science professionals, U.N. representatives and academics from across the continent. The conference agreed on an Action Framework to implement the WSIS recommendations relating to libraries, archives and other information services at the local, national and pan-African levels.

Papers and presentations from the workshop can be viewed here.
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