Picture: group work at the 2012 LATINA training course, at Makerere University Library.
African libraries need statistics to plan their work and to promote their standing.
This year The International Association of Academic and Technical Libraries meets in Cape Town. The convener, Elisha Chiware, is the Director of Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries. After the main IATUL conference (April 14-18) there will be a workshop on library statistics to
- encourage the collection of statistics for benchmarking,
- improve the collection of statistics in African libraries,
- develop a basis for regional cooperation and activity
- and to create an awareness of the various options available
Elisha was also the regional expert from Africa when IFLA developed guidelines for the Statistics for Advocacy training course, at a workshop in the Hague in late 2009.