Ayodele John Alonge (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) , Marlene Holmner (University of Pretoria) , Nthabiseng Kotsokoane (Chairperson, Academic and Special Libraries Section, AfLIA)

A fast paced world driven by unending innovations within the technological space poses significant threat to the significance of hitherto traditional ways of facilitating, delivering and providing information and its access. Consequently, education innovators have put forth concepts to keep up with the dynamic trends of facilitating, delivering and providing information. The concept of Blended Learning is gaining much attention but is it fool-proof? Is the concept of blended learning elastic enough to be configured into the LIS sector? Are there any shared learnings to highlight?        

AfLIA is pleased to announce a Webinar to delve into these questions and more. The aim of this laudable initiative is to provide opportunity for LIS educators, academic librarians and interested parties to connect with experts in Library and Information Science (LIS) field, interact and share information to expand knowledge on Blended Learning. 

Topic: Blended Learning in Librarianship - Fusing Library and Educational Technology in Library and Information Science (LIS) Profession

Date: 26-27th September, 2018

Time: 12-13pm GMT/UTC each day

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Registration is open from 7th - 19th September, 2018. Certificates of participation will be issued to all participants at the end of the webinar.

Sub-topics to be touched on include but not exclusive to;

  1. What is Blended Learning?
  2. Concept of Blended Learning in Library and Information Science
  3. What are LIS students saying about Blended Learning – using the University of Ibadan as case study.
  4. Blended Learning Opportunities
  5. Challenges of Blended Learning   

About our presenters:

Dr. Ayodele John Alonge - Emerging Technology Librarian, University of Ibadan

Dr. Ayodele John Alonge is a Graduate of Consortium for advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), Nairobi Kenya and a Certified Librarian of Nigeria (CLN). Ayodele holds PhD in Communication and Information Studies from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Ayodele works as Emerging Technology Librarian at University of Ibadan Library and teaches Book Publishing courses and Information Communication Technology (ICT) related courses at the Department of Library Archrival and Information Studies (LARIS), University of Ibadan. He also serves as Regional Adviser -Sub-Saharan Africa Region for Emerald Group Publishing, United Kingdom 


Dr. Marlene Holmner is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr. Marlene Holmner holds a DPhil in Information Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria. Dr. Holmner’s research interests lie in the field of Information Ethics, Indigenous Knowledge, ICT for Development, Information and Knowledge Society, Institutional Repositories, Digitization, Mobile Technologies, Networking Essentials as well as Curriculum Development.



Moderator: Mrs. Nthabiseng Kotsokoane - Chairperson of Academic Section, AfLIA

Mrs. Nthabiseng Kotsokoane is a renowned library professional whose passionate efforts to advance LIS in Africa and beyond is widely acknowledged. Mrs. Kotsokoane currently doubles as the Chairperson of Academic Section for AfLIA and the Secretary for IFLA Africa Section. She is also the Director of Library Services for Monash South Africa Library and Library Commons South Africa. Her research and professional interests include Information Technology, Library Management, Change Management, Copyright Law, Library Advocacy and Library 2.0, Ebooks and Strategic Planning.  

  • Wednesday, 26 September
  • Thursday, 27 September
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