Four AUN staff presented papers at the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL) Online Conference, which ended on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
The International Conference, which over 300 participants attended, is the first to be held entirely online.
The Interim University Librarian, Benson Ali, Professor, Jennifer Tyndall of the NES program, Emilienne I Akpan, interim Director of the Writing Center, and Information Literacy Manager Omachi Okolo were among the presenters during the Community Idea Exchange Sessions.
AMICAL is a consortium of international institutions of higher learning outside the United States who offer a program of education on the American model. The Consortium was created "to implement collaborative projects in information resources and learning technologies that support curricular development, teaching and learning in our campuses" It is committed to sharing information and technologies to its member institutions using English as the primary language.
AUN has been an affiliate member of the Consortium since the inception of the University. Since then, it has benefited from staff development grants: In 2019, it sponsored one faculty and three library staff to its Cairo conference, and in the following year, 2020, staff from Instructional Technology Unit, one faculty and one librarian to Kuwait. It had also paid registration fees for AUN faculty and staff Webinars held during the lockdown. This is in addition to online resources it negotiated for free use during the pandemic.
AMICAL has provided our staff with other training opportunities abroad and sponsors trainers to come and train our staff at AUN.