Annual Conference of the Uganda Community Libraries Association 28-30 July at Kawempe Youth Centre Kampala

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Dear UgCLA Member and Partner and Community Library organiser,

Allow us to begin by saying well done! for all the work you have already done and are still doing to continue and sustain the library projects and programs that you are all respectively chairing and/ or supporting. UgCLA would not be of any importance if not for all the effort you are putting towards serving our nation and fighting the low levels of illiteracy that still challenge us to date.

It is therefore with the greatest pleasure that we announce that at long last; the UgCLA Board of Trustees invite you to the Seventh Annual Conference of the Uganda Community Libraries Association that has for the moment been slated to take place from Friday the 28th of July to Sunday the 30th of July at the "Kawempe Youth Centre" here in Kampala; under the theme:  

"New Technologies: Implications for Libraries"

It would give us great joy to honor our invitation as it will also be the event to mark UgCLA's 10th Year Anniversary; as you know we were established in August 2007 with just a handful of libraries and are now at 132 community libraries and still counting!

As a result, the Board of Trustees agreed to reduce the membership subscription fee by 50%!

So the membership fee will be fixed to UGX 50,000 (Fifty thousand shillings only) payable prior to; or on the date of the conference. Isn't that amazing?!

As usual, every community library is welcome to send a representative from their libraries to be a part of this conference and we will be so grateful if you are able to make a contribution of UGX 25,000 (Twenty- five thousand shillings only) towards the conference budgeted expenses or more if you are able to. In the event that you wish to send more than one representative; kindly get in touch with either Brenda Musasizi Musoke on 0705 222354 or / OR Esther Kyazike/ Cathy on 0703 955225.  We are still working out the budget to see if it can cost at least 100,000/= for an extra library representative to attend the conference. So for already paid up members, the conference fee will be UGX 25,000 or more if you are able to support our conference that way. For members that still need to pay their subscription fee, it will be UGX 75,000 or more if you can support the conference budget that way.

You are also free to support a library to attend the event; it's a new one but the possibilities are endless; that's the beauty of networking!

Our guests and well- wishers are also welcome and please note that we will only be able to accommodate guests residing outside or far out from Kampala.

It would be so kind of you to confirm with us if you will be attending the annual conference at least by the 15th of July 2017 to help us with budget and planning so that we do not over or under budget. Any support we can get in relation to the upcoming conference will be much appreciated; those who wish to be involved in the planning process are also welcome.

We are in the process of drafting conference program and documents that we will share with you during the up-coming weeks.

We welcome offers for presentations based on the theme and suggestions for the program and how to commemorate our milestone. Bear in mind that we will be holding fresh elections for the board during the last day of the conference and we welcome nominations and suggestions from you on who you think would be legible.

As has been the case with the previous conferences, it has been wonderful exhibiting your journey of the previous year and plan for the new-year at the conference. We would once more love to see that this year. Kindly start preparing your beautiful posters for display; if we can have both the soft copy and copy for exhibition it would be wonderful indeed! 

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