It struck me a few days ago that there are many, many library and information events going on in Ghana over the next couple of months or so, including:
A TEEAL/ ITOCA training event going on (20-22 September 2016) at Wisconsin International University College, mainly for those involved in providing and accessing agricultural related information.
The Ghana Library Association 4th Library and Information week celebration (26-30 September 2016), with a theme “Ensuring quality education for all: the role of the librarian”. The main launch is taking place in Tamale on 27 September.
2nd CARLIGH International Conference (28-30 September 2016) at CSIR-INSTI here in Accra, with a theme on “Knowledge management and information professionals”.
The Conference of University Librarians and their Deputies (CULD) is holding a workshop on Procurement of information resources in academic and research libraries, taking place in Kumasi (6-7 October 2016).
The Ghana Library Association is holding its 2016 Biennial Congress (20-21 October 2016) at the University of Ghana, Legon, with the theme “Libraries and the UN2030 agenda for sustainable development in Ghana”.
Currently I am planning to attend at least two of these events – no 3 (which I am involved in organizing) and no 5 (as a member of the GLA).
It is great to hear of so many opportunities open to members of my profession!
Another book event is also taking place next week: Burt Award for African Literature – Award ceremony and book launch 2015, which is taking place on 28 September 2016, at British Council, Accra. [Unfortunately I will miss this]
If anyone reading this wants more information, just let me know.
July seemed to be another relatively quiet month on the books side.
I feel I am getting increasingly distracted, especially by technology related matters, so don’t read as much as I used. I guess I am looking for an ideal reading chair, with good lighting, and I still haven’t really found that yet. The search is definitely on.
So I completed five books during the month: four fiction and one non-fiction. There was one African author, three non-Africans, and the last was a collection of British authors. Unusually mostly male authors (three) versus one female author, with the short story collection a mix. These are the titles:
Mixed blood, by Roger Smith [a pretty good debut thriller, based in South Africa]
What women want, by Paco Underhill [the need for marketing targeted at women]
The angel’s game, by Carlos Zuiz Zafon [fantasy, thriller, Faustian tale set in Spain]
Ox-tales – Air [collection of short stories]
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel [started ages ago, and finally finished; Booker prize winning historical novel]
My book-buying was a bit restrained too – I only bought four physical books, and no ebooks 😦
The librarian as a manager, by Mac-Anthony Cobblah
Fulani in Ghana, by Steve Tonah
Six frames, by Edward de Bono
In pursuit of my destiny: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian, by Kosi Kedem
Interestingly two of the above are by colleague Ghanaian librarians, though Kedem did leave the practice of working in libraries for politics for several years.
I attended a couple of bookish related activities in July: a library related conference (CULD – Committee of University Librarians and Deputies) in Cape Coast and the official Burt award ceremony, which I posted about earlier.