Solidifying our partnership with the University of Zambia
A fundamental objective of Lubuto’s work since our founding has been to build the capacity of African libraries to create opportunities for equitable education and poverty reduction by addressing the wide variety of needs of children and youth—who, for example, account for almost 70% of Zambia’s population. The University of Zambia (UNZA) offers both an undergraduate and graduate program in Library and Information Science but does not offer a course in children/youth librarianship, a fact that has underscored our direct partnership with UNZA over the years. We are excited to announce a major step forward in that partnership that will greatly benefit Zambia’s next generations!
UNZA Library officials have identified space in the University Library, adjacent to their own cataloging operation where we can catalog and process books for Lubuto library collections. This activity has been conducted in Washington, DC to date, but with Tukiya Mbewe now very capably heading our Zambia cataloging operation, we are ready to transfer that activity there. The plan is that this will also greatly benefit UNZA LIS students and faculty. UNZA interns will be able to gain hands-on, practical experience in cataloging, classification, acquisition and selection of excellent children’s and young adult literature—and collection development—through internships on their own campus. In addition, Lubuto staff will coordinate with the LIS faculty to teach these essential areas of children and youth services.
We are so excited to accelerate the development of library services to young people in Zambia through this mutually beneficial partnership, and are so grateful to our colleagues at the University for their cooperation and support.