OMB has now fully renovated 6 Libraries in Uganda:
Ekitangaala Transformation High School
Cornerstone Leadership Boys, Nakasongola
Cornerstone Leadership Academy Girls, Matugga
Ekitangaala Primary School
Youth Corps Community Library, Kampala
SOUL Community Library, Jinja
Steps to a Library Renovation:
Step one: assess the Library condition and what needs to be done.
Step two: Training along side Librarian: to introduce project, why it is important, how it will benefit the school, what the process will look like and what will change.
Train: all administers of school, teachers separately and students seperately
Step three: Implement 3 systems: Classification, Circulation and Search.
Stage 1 Evaluation-take an existing nonfunctional ‘library’ (that is really just a book room)- remove every book from the shelves, evaluate its condition (falling apart?), its age (copyright 1976!) and usefulness (picture books in a high school library?). Make a discard/get rid of pile and be firm! clean books, sort into piles according to subject or type of book.
Stage 2- Classification and circulation: add spine labels and circulation cards
Phase 3- Search and inventory - develop a search database using the free open source software KOHA, label shelves
Cathy Kreutter, MLS, Librarian and Teacher
Cathy retired after 26 years as Head Librarian at the International School of Uganda. Over the course of that time she developed that library from 6000 Primary books with a manual typewriter as the only technology, to a fully automated online library of 26,000 books catering for the 3-18 years olds.
Cathy knows the following library software: Alexnadria, Oliver, Follett, Destiny, Koha
Cathy’s teaching included: Library training to teachers and students, Research/essay skills for gr 4 to 12, Author studies, and gr. 6 Social studies and English.