Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura has been elected the new President for the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA). His tenure, which began on 3rd August 2012, will run for three years. Obura is the dean of the East African School of Library and Information Sciences (EASLIS).
As the new president, Obura pledges to work with his team to improve the membership of the Association, noting that currently, there are many Information Science professionals who are not active in the Association’s activities.
“The Association does not have assets apart from its constitution as an NGO. In the next three years, we want to mobilize members and well wishers to acquire a piece of land for the Association,” he added.
ULIA will lobby the National Council of Higher Education to recognize its contribution in ensuring quality education of Information Scientists, Records and Archives Managers in this Country. “We want professionals that can meet the emerging Information society challenges. We believe that as an Association we should make this contribution,” Obura asserted.
Other activities, the Association will engage in include: developing a Think Tank where issues of national character are debated on regarding libraries, records and archive management, following up the stalled school library policy with Ministry of Education and Sports. According to Obura, the absence of this policy has affected the development of school libraries in the country.
The new ULIA executive pledges to ensure transparency and accountability during their tenure.