Web 2.0/Lib 2.0 Workshop for Tanzanian Librarians

Tanzania Library and Information Association (TLA) organized a 3 day workshop between 15th -17th June, 2011 for it members to introduce them to Web 2.0/Lib 2.0 applications in Library service provision. This was the first workshop of this kind and it was open to all members of the Association. 

The aim of the workshop

To empower Librarians and Information professionals to understand how Web 2.0 technologies such as synchronous messaging and streaming media, blogs, wikis, social networks, tagging, RSS feeds, and mash-ups might improve the way libraries provide access to their collections and support users to access information.

Content Learned

  • The use of Web 2.0 /Library 2.0 tools to enhance library services
  • Using  web 2.0 tools to market and promote library services
  • Integration of Library 2.0 applications into the library’s programs
  • How to make the library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative and driven by user needs.

Attendance to this highly hands-on workshop was impressive and at the end of the workshop the participants resolved to create a web 2.0 tool (weblog) to enable them continue with the conversations about web 2.0 technology. Consequently a blog http://tlaweb20.weebly.com/ was created. This however is still under construction but it shows a practical learning outcome.

 Contributed by Apollo Kagwa Abungu, Aga Khan University-IED-EA, Tanzania


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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