Phase 2 in Uganda brought together 25 members of the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) to work with Caplor Horizons advisors Dan Bishop, Usha Ladwa-Thomas and Chandra Ladaw and INASP's Vanessa Fairhurst. Over the course of 3 days the group worked together using experiential learning techniques to explore issues of communication, strategy, financial sustainability and advocacy. This included refining the vision and mission of the consortium, agreeing shared values and sharpening the strategic goals:
GOAL 1: To create a self-sustaining CUUL
GOAL 2: To provide activities that will develop the effectiveness of members
GOAL 3: To advocate for the vital role of libraries in education, research and innovation in Uganda
Across all three days 100% of the participants thought that the sessions were very relevant to the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL).
"The sessions were relevant as it helped us to realise our strengths & weaknesses, including what we can do to sustain CUUL"
"The session helped CUUL members to discover and realise our different abilities"
"It helped to clearly portray the importance of cooperation and teamwork in the consortium"
"Major highlight of today was that learning is in the application"
"The best practice guides of accessibility, appropriateness, innovation, sustainability, together with communication, are great"
Across the three days, all participants felt that the sessions had contributed to their own personal development and learning, with a striking 97% stating 'a lot'.
"It helped open my eyes to my personal strengths and weaknesses. The exercises have helped me develop a resilient mind-set, especially in how to overcome weaknesses."
"Since learning doesn't stop, I will be reflecting more on the knowledge I have got so that I can personally improve my leadership abilities."
"Better insights into who I am and how I can effectively serve the consortium...adopting and using strategies that work and make sense to you."
"(I learnt that) we should support each other and not pull each other down. We win more when we work together."
I learnt a lot about staying focused, being a team player and appreciating others' contributions. I also learnt to be curious, creative and continuously improve."