Rwanda trains in Library skills

I was one of the facilitators for a Library training in Rwanda between 13th – 30th June 2011. It involved Curriculum Development for the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD), and training Librarians in the Rwanda Justice sector in the use of Koha Integrated Library Management System. These librarians came from the Rwandese Justice Ministry, Parliament, National Public Prosecution Authority, Institute of Legal Practice and Development, Supreme Court and the Law Faculty at the National University.

I also trained legislative support units of Parliament in e-research techniques and worked with ILPD to improve the usability and layout of ILPD website and the E-learning Management System, among other involvements. I noticed that the participants’ knowledge and skills in use of an Integrated Library Management Systems improved greatly after the training, considering that the majority had never used such a system before. They understood better the services expected of them and how to use the Integrated Library Management system to improve service delivery.

Bringing librarians from different backgrounds and institutions together, created a conducive environment for networking and information sharing, which greatly improved participants’ attitude towards work and librarianship as a profession.

Rwanda will benefit from the training and exposure the librarians acquired especially after Koha is installed and populated with data. With a better skilled and knowledgeable human resource in Justice Sector libraries, there is no doubt that library and information services will improve, resulting into easier access to legal and legislative information necessary for strengthening the rule of law in the country.

Joyce Bukirwa, 
(Assistant lecturer EASLIS)

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