Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Hamid becomes the librarian of the Year 2007

The Director of the Zanzibar Library Services, Mr. Hamid Rajab Juma is named the Librarian of the Year 2007. This was announced in a press conference by the new Chairman of Tanzania Library and Information Association (TLA) Mr. Abdulla K. Hassan. The news appeared in local daily newspapers of Guardian, Tanzania Daima and Mtanzania of Monday, 7th April and Wedneday, 9th April 2008 respectively.

It was reported that the nomination was voted by members of TLA who had attended the Annual General Meeting held in Mwanza on 29th February 2007. Mr. Juma was nominated due to his continuous endeavours of extending the library services to rural parts of Zanzibar and promotion of reading culture amoung the school children. For a long time the local library services were enjoyed only by people living in the two towns of Zanzibar Town and Chake Chake, where the public libraries are located.

This is the third time since the establishment of TLA's Librarian Excellence Awards. Dr. Alli Abushiri Mcharazo and Prof. Juliata Nawe were nominated in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Konoike donates four computers to ZLS

A Japanese Construction Company, Konoike donated four (4) used computers to Zanzibar Library Services (ZLS). The Company responded to a request submitted through the Embassador of Japan in Tanzania. Then on 5 th February 2008, the director of ZLS Mr. Hamid Rajab Juma in the company of Mr. Kyota Lizuka, a Programme Officer from the Embassy visited the company's headquarter at Mwenge, Dar es Salaam and collected the computers. These computers are aimed to be installed in the new library at Maisara, Zanzibar Town to be used for library management activities.