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Uganda Community Libraries Association
Transcript of Uganda Community Libraries Association
Uganda Community Libraries Association
a strategic plan
moderately challenging goals
Research shows that the probability of success in reaching goals is related to performance in a curvilinear inverse relationship
Macro Level Goals
Goals and Traits
Goals and Subconscious Printing
Locke & Latham, 2006
makes it possible to focus attention and effort on goal-relevant actions in exchange of non-relevant actions
Fried & Slowick, 2004
"...theory [suggests] that the expectancy, instrumentality, and valence of outcomes will be high if goals are difficult (challenging), as well as specific and attainable”
Any means necessary!
Types of goals:
service, resource management and administrative
"goals should be set down [so that] a list of goals and objectives can be issued to everybody who needs to know”
“have objectives that specify the types and levels of service to be provided”
Planning Strategies: Strategic &
V i s i o
objectives and key goals
s t r e t c h the organization’s capacity
Mission: “UgCLA’s mission is to bring about the
greatest possible cooperation among Uganda’s libraries by providing educational services of
the highest caliber to its constituent members; by distributing important knowledge and skills
through our conferences, workshops, web site, newsletters, and other communications; by
coordinating volunteers and donations in the most equitable way possible; by strengthening
relations between ourselves, our member organizations, and the NGOs with which we work; and by improving the reporting mechanisms between ourselves and our members.”
Vision: “UgCLA’s vision is set on a future in which our country’s literacy rate among both adults and children is at least 80%, which we believe will bring about higher economic and political stability for everyone. Toward this end we believe every community deserves a comprehensive, working library that can help connect its community to the larger world as well as help secure the community’s unique cultural record.”
Mutuality Quality Accessibility Community Greatness
Kate Parry- founder and chair
Brenda Musoke Musasizi- only full time paid employee
UgCLA's governing board
networking, capacity-building, and support services
“locally-initiated, independent, self-governing”
UgCLA provides tangible support to members by finding and distributing grants, placing international volunteers at member locations, and organizing conferences and workshops.
absence of standard profiles and data on member libraries
limited number of full time employees
Founding New Libraries
Existing network of libraries can spread information to remote villages
Developing literacy practices
Promote a reading culture
Academic research on literacy
New international donor partnerships
Dependency on external donors
loss of funding
promote western values
New members are not satisfied because they do not receive funding
do not get anything in return
leaving the organization
Personal agenda of member libraries
Try to get something for nothing
Cannot support UgCLA mission
Mission, Vision, & Values
7 regions- Mbale, Jinja, Mukono, West Nile, Western, Masaka, and Kampala.
70 Member Libraries
Individual libraries are different : offer unqique programs, facilities, and collections based on local culture
Types of Goal Setting
History, Economy, and Demographics
Location: East Africa
History: Periods of Civil Strife
Socioeconomic Status: Below Poverty
People: Young & Diverse
Literacy Level: Low
Most Ugandans live in rural villages and often lack access to basic resources like sanitation facilities and clean waster.
students complete primary school
enrollment in primary school
enrollment in secondary school
teacher/student Ratio: 48:1
of annual national budget is spent on education!
lack of reading culture
Only of adults and
of children are
Mission, Vision, and Values
The Uganda Library System
Public libraries are not funded or supported bythe national governemnt, by rely on local govenments. which often in most cases cannot afford to maintain them
and oral tradition
are important and
ought to be preserved.
libraries are "dual-use"- they substitute for missing public and school libraries
Libraries are founded by private individual or NGOs.
Library staff is usually not qualified and sometimes just serves as building caretaker
G O A L S
Founded in 2007
UgCLA organizes an annual conference for members, helps locate and distribute grants for library projects, and places international volunteers in rural member libraries.
Contributions in Kind
The majority of its revenue is directed at its member libraries, both in the form of direct grants, and in the form of training and encouragement provided to them through its conferences, workshops, and visits.
Improve the funding level of the budget that is already being solicited and distributed through grants from donors.
Increase donor networks through conferences that bring together grant makers and grantees.
Explore ways in which UgCLA can contribute to the goals outlined in grant proposals.
Improve the means by which grants and monies are distributed in a way that all parties believe is fair and equitable.
Advance in education and empower UgCLA to become a leader in its field.
Use conferences as a means to develop relevant goal strategies and apply them to the organization.
Increase conference attendance through different forms of scholarships.
Obtain sponsorship for research studies and surveying that will most effectively benefit UgCLA and its member libraries.
Expand communications through multiple platforms.
Continue working on enhancing website to best represent UgCLA’s purposes and build more associations with other institutions and libraries.
Create a newsletter and online blog in which member libraries can serve as contributors.
Share conference materials with all in an open and easily accessible way.
Improve administrative practices to achieve higher performance and goal completion.
Improve transparency—make available UgCLA’s short and long-term goals and strategies and the methods of their execution.
Award staff achievements and merits; recognize contributions by staff and partners.
Provide supplemental knowledge and scholarship to its member libraries that is aimed at improving library practices.
Kitengesa Community Library
This concludes our presentation.