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UgCLA PROGRAMS 

  • Administering projects

  • Records Management and data collection

  • Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Library Visits

  • Membership and Registration

  • Book Re-distribution

  • Publicity

  • Holding Annual conferences for its members

  • volunteer placements

  • Updated database of registered members

  • Attending and participating in member and partner programs and activities

  • Advocacy and fundraising

  • Library consultancy services

  • Research and development

  • Training and workshop

  • Proposal writing

Activities

National conferences and workshops

For the first three years of its existence, UgCLA organized workshops twice a year to which every member library was entitled to send a representative (members were allowed to send two representatives to the first one). Then, as the Association became too big to work in a workshop format, an annual conference was instituted instead. Seven such conferences have been held to date. Workshops are also organized for select groups of members in association with particular projects.

Workshops and conferences that are for the Association as a whole are organized around a particular theme. This theme is usually related to one or more projects to be carried out in the following months, as shown in the table below:

DatePlaceAttendanceThemeRelated project(s)
Jan. 2008Pope Paul Memorial Hotel Rubaga30 (17 CLs)
Project development and proposal writingCompetition for US Embassy grants
July 2008Shine Hotel Kansanga18Initiating community librariesUS Embassy grants
Feb. 2009Green Valley Hotel Gaba35Libraries as centres for education and developmentAttendance of select representatives at Community Libraries Conference at Kwekitui, Lushoto, and at Pan African Conference on Reading for All, Dar es Salaam
July 2009Green Valley Hotel Gaba30Library ManagementAttendance of select representatives at Community Libraries Conference at Kwekitui, Lushoto, and at Pan African Conference on Reading for All, Dar es Salaam
Jan. 2010Kabubbu Resort44Reading programmes for childrenChildren’s Book Project
July 2010Kabubbu Resort56Working with childrenChildren’s Picture Books
Jan. 2012Masaka Social Centre70Libraries for healthHealth Reading Camps
AfriPads distribution
Jan.
2013
Olive Leaf Hotel, Mbalec. 50Libraries for languagesWriting projects in libraries in partnership with African Storybook
Jan
2014
Nambi Sseppuuya Memorial Resource Centre48Developing an international profile
Jan
2015
Kitengesa Community Library49Community engagement: Libraries for community empowerment
Jan 2016Uganda Development Services Library, Kamuli40Sustainability for libraries• Partnership with Yunus Social Business
• Office space and library in Kampala
July
2017
Kawempe Youth Centre, Kampala50
(32 CLs)
New technologies: Implications for libraries• Development of libraries’ use of ICTs
• African Storybook

In 2018 the Association held no conference since it was undergoing reorganization and was unable to raise the necessary funds.

Regional workshops

In 2011 the Association organized its members into regional clusters: Mbale (8 libraries), Jinja (10 libraries), Mukono (8 libraries), West Nile (11 libraries), Western (10 libraries), Masaka (7 libraries), and Kampala (15 libraries, including those thatare not in Kampala but are far away from any other member library). The composition of these clusters shifts as more libraries join UgCLA and as others become inactive. In 2011 UgCLA was able to provide a small budget to each cluster for holding a workshop on a topic of the cluster’s own choice and hosted by a library selected by the cluster’s members. The Association was not able to provide such a budget in 2012 though discussion of environmental issues at the 2012 annual conference was organized on a regional basis and was followed up by a tree-planting project in a few libraries. UgCLA did organize a workshop for the Mbale cluster in January 2013 and held two for the Jinja cluster in September and November 2013. The Mbale workshop was funded by LitWorld, a nonprofit organization based in New York, and led to the establishment of LitClubs (i.e. reading clubs for children and teenagers) in each participating library. The Jinja workshops were funded by the African Storybook Project, and the participants focused on activities through which they could generate stories in their own libraries using Lusoga or another local language as the medium. Even without workshops, the managers of libraries in each region get to know one another at the annual conference,and it is quite common for them to visit one another’s libraries.

Grants administered

UgCLA has administered a number of grants for different donors. The libraries to receive these grants are sometimes selected by UgCLA’s Steering Committee on the basis of its knowledge of the strengths and needs of particular member institutions, but more often they are chosen through a competitive process; all interested libraries write proposals that are then assessed either by members of the Board or by the donors themselves.

The following table shows the grants administered so far. Amounts are in US dollars unless otherwise specified.

DateDonorPurposeAmountBeneficiaries
2008-9US Embassy, KampalaDevelop capacity in project planning and implementation (competition)$1000 for 6 libraries and funds for three workshops, $15000 total1. Adult Education Centre Njeru, Mukon District
2. Inforall Community Library Kagoma, Kampala
3. Kabubbu Community Library, Wakiso District
4. Nambi Sseppuuya Community RC, Igombe, Jinja District
5. Uganda Development Services Kamuli
6. URLCODA Community LibraryLokotoro AruaDistrict
2009Fountain Publishers, MK Publishers, Mr. Alan Shonubi, Mukono BooksopEnable librarians to attend the Pan African Conference on Reading for All in Dar es Salaam and a small conference on community libraries in Lushoto (competition)$500 for 4 libraries, $2000 total1. Caezaria Public Library Complex, Buikwe District
2. Mpolyabigere Community Library, Nsinze, Namutumba District
3. Nambi Sseppuuya Community RC, Igombe, Jinja District
4. URLCODA Community Library, Lokotoro, Arua District
2009Douglas College with Coquitlam Public Library, through Libraries Without Borders
Vancouver, BC
Enable a library to operate effectively by supporting the salary of a librarian (UgCLA’s recommendation)$3985.68CDN for 1 library1. Busolwe Public Library, Butalejja District
2010Pockets of Change New YorkChildren’s Book Project: supply locally purchased children’s books and encourage programmes for children (competition)$200 for 10 libraries, $2000 total1. Bugiri Community Library
2. Bushikori Christian Centre, Mbale District
3. Busolwe Public Library, Butalejja District
4. Busongora Rural Information Centre, Kasese District
5. Gayaza Family Learning Resource Centre, Wakiso District
6. Kitengesa CL, Masaka District
7. Kyabutaika CL, Nakasongola District
8. Mpolyabigere CL, Nsinze, Namutuba District
9. Queen of Heaven Yumbe
10. Suubi CL, Masaka District
2010Hawk Children’s Fund, University of Maryland Eastern ShoreRural Solar Demonstration Project: develop library capacity by providing solar electricity (selection by Board)c. $7500 for 2 libraries, $15000 total1. URLCODA Community Library Lokotoro, Arua District
2. Mpolyabigere CL Nisinze, Namutumba District
2011Pockets of Change New YorkChildren’s Book Project: supply locally purchased children’s books and encourage programmes for children (competition)$300 for 5 libraries, $1800 total1. Bunalwenhi CL, Mayuge District
2. Christian Community Foundation, Bududa
3. Ewadri Primary School Arua Sida Tuku CL, Arua District
4. The 6 Community Library Services, Busia
5. Zinunula Omunaku Educational Centre, Matugga, Wakiso District
2011Pockets of Change New YorkInnovative Libraries Project—mobile library
(competition)
$1000 for 1 libraryBushikori Christian Centre, Mbale District
2011Hawk Children’s FundHealth Reading Camps: use library resources to teach teenagers about HIV-AIDS and other health issues
(selection by Board)
$ 1178
for 4 libraries, $4712 total
1. Caezaria Public Library, Ajija-Malongwe, Buikwe District
2. Kitengesa CL, Masaka District
3. Mpolyabigere CL,Nsinze, Namutumba District
4. URLCODA CL,Lokotoro, Arua District
2011Douglas College with Coquitlam Public Library,
Vancouver, BC
Enable a library to operate effectively by supporting the salary of a librarian$2952.33 for 1 libraryBusolwe Public Library, Butalejja District
2011-12Hawk Children’s FundChildren’s Picture Books: UgCLA published 4 books especially designed for rural Ugandan children$1000 for UgCLAAll member libraries received a set of the books produced
2011-12Global GoodnessFamily Literacy Project (selection by Board)$1200 total for 2 programme units at 2 libraries1. Gayaza Family Learning Resource Centre, Wakiso District
2. Bunalwenhi Community Library, Iganga District
2012Book Aid International Transforming Libraries: provide books and funds for refurbishment of libraries (competition)£1000 pounds sterling
& 700 books for 10 libraries, £10,000 total
1. Busolwe Public Library, Butalejja District
2. Christian Community Foundation Bududa
3. Gayaza Family Learning Resource Centre, Wakiso District
4. Good Shepherd CL Hoima
5. Kawempe Youth Centre, Kampala
6. Koboko Community Information Centre
7. Mingoro Primary School, Arua District
8. Network for African Youth Leadership and Development, Kitetika, Wakiso District
9. Ragem Primary School, Arua
10. Randa Farmers’ Library (now Hands of Action Community Library), Bududa District
2013Book Aid InternationalTransforming Libraries: provide books and funds for refurbishment of libraries (competition)£1000
& 700 books for 10 libraries, £10,000 total
1. Access Knowledge, Buiga, Mukono District
2. Blessed Foster Family Foundation, Lwanyi, Masaka District
3. Bushikori Christian Centre
4. Busongora Rural Information Centre
5. Bwera Information Centre
6. Kitengesa Community Library
7. Masese Child Development Centre
8. Mpolyabigere Kidiki
9. Sepi Mukombe Mpambara Public Library
10. The Six Community Library
2013LitWorldLitClubs in seven libraries around Mbale$43341. Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy Project, Bududa District
2. Bushikori Christian Centre, Mbale District
3. Busolwe Public Library, Butalejja District
4. Christian Community Foundation Bududua
5. Hadassah Primary School Community Library (later named Sarah Horowitz Memorial Library), Mbale
6. Joyce Memorial Community Library, Busoba, Mbale District
7. Randa Farmers Library (Hands of Action Community Library) Bududa District
2013Hawk Children’s Fund



Ugandan Water Project

Anonymous donor
Water for Libraries
10,000-litre water tanks provided to three libraries

Contribution to cost of water tanks

Contribution to cost of water tanks
$7000




$500


$3000
1. Caezaria Public Library, Ajija-Malongwe, Buikwe District
2. Nambi Sseppuuya RC, Igombe, Jinja District
3. Zigoti Community Library, Mityana District
2014Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)Funding, books, and equipment for 5 libraries to hold Health Reading and Computer Training Camps for school children, 11-15 August$19030.651. Access Knowledge, Buiga, Mukono District
2. Busolwe Public Library, Butalejja District
3. Centre for Youth Driven Development Initiatives (CFYDDI), Gayaza, Wakiso District
4. Nambi Sseppuuya RC, Igombe, Jinja District
5. Organization for the Diffusion of Information on Society, Economy, and Finance (ORDISEF)
2014Book Aid InternationalChildren’s corners for 3 public and 2 community libraries1. Bonna Bana Community Library, Bukalabi, Luwero District
2. Zigoti Community Library, Mityana District
2018-2019Book Aid InternationalBook Havens Project: provide for children through community libraries in urban slum areasBooks and refurbishments grants for each library1. M-LISADA (Music, Life Skills, & Destination Authority), Nsambya, Kampala
2. The Mummy Foundation, Katwe, Kampala
3. The AMKA Foundation, Community Library, Kasubi, Kampala
4. Condominium Library, Bugolobi, Kampala
5. Art of a Child—Literacy Centre, Matuga, Wakiso District