I’ve just attended the Sri Lanka Golden Jubilee International Conference on Access to information and empowering people, 6-8 October 2010, Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo.
During the very first session of the conference, I had the opportunity to present a paper based on Access to Information : experiences in Maldives. Also, I was able to chair a very interesting session on “indigenous knowledge” and was able to share some experiences from the Maldives as well.
This has been a great experience for me and your thoughts were never far from my mind as we listened, talked and discussed about empowering today’s information managers and users. I have always believed in empowering and providing support to fellow information managers like you and me alike…
With the help of this new knowledge I received by attending this conference, I hope to inspire and empower the librarians and information managers of Maldives. Here’s a photo that will keep me inspired for a long time to come and definitely should inspire you in your future endeavours… 🙂
During this conference I met Dr. Ellen Tise, President of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) (seen above in the photo) and had discussions on how the Maldives Library Association can become an active IFLA member.
I’ve also met Professor Russell Bowden, founder father of Regional Federation of South Asian Library Associations (REFSALA). During the conference, we were able to convene the second council meeting of REFSALA and discussions continued on how we are going to move forward with REFSALA. It was decided that Sri Lanka will be the host country holding the chairmanship and the President of Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA) will be the president of REFSALA 2010-2014. After that India will hold the post and then Maldives…. You should all be actively participating in MLA activities before it is our (Maldives’) turn and try to hold Council posts…it will be worth your whole career and future development in this field. Here’s a few words from the current SLLA president, Mr. Upali Amarasiri:
This is to thank you once again for attending the SLLA Golden jubilee conference. Special appreciation for presenting a quality paper and also for chairing an important session of the conference. I am confident that the future of librarianship in Maldives is secure in the hands of competent and energetic new generation of LIS professionals like you“
I take this opportunity to thank the very capable MLA council for their hard work and for believing in me. Also, would like to thank all the MLA members for your continuing support. I hope we have taken a step forward by representing all you in an international conference such as this.
A very special appreciation goes to Ms. Aminath Riyaz, MLA editor for providing me with the necessary background information needed to prepare my paper and for her continuous support and encouragement.
Last but not least, many thanks to SLLA for giving us this great opportunity to share our experiences and shine! And also, thanks to all the beautiful people (attendees of the conference) who crossed my path and made an impact in my life with their warm smiles, conversations and shared knowledge.
This is an experience I would not have missed for the world 😀From left to right: Dr. Malhat Shervani- President Pakistan LA, Dr. Nazin Uddin – Global ICDDR, Bangladesh, Mr. Prakash Thapa, President Nepal LA, Dr. Ellen Tise- IFLA President, Mr. Upali Amarasiri-President Sri Lanka LA, Mr. Dharam Veer Singh, President Indian LA, Ms. Aishath Shabana-President Maldives LA.