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2020 AFRIAMSLIC Ballot

Welcome to voting for your new AFRIAMSLIC Officers. 

Please review the candidate information below before proceeding to submit your vote at the bottom of the page.  Please note - you must be a current AFRIAMSLIC member to be eligible to vote and will be asked to login to your member account when you click the button to vote.    

AFRIAMSLIC President and Vice-President Candidates

The AFRIAMSLIC President shall be the regional group's representative and member of the IAMSLIC Executive Board. The AFRIAMSLIC President shall preside at all meetings of AFRIAMSLIC Board and shall take all actions as are necessary for the efficient running of the Association and his or her official duties

The AFRIAMSLIC Vice-President shall assist the President in the performance of the duties of the presidency; assume duties of the Chairperson in the event of absence of incapacity of the Chairperson. The Vice-President shall Discharge such other duties as may from time to time be assignedby the Chairperson.

Geoffrey F. SALANJE

STUDIES: Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (majoring in Sociology, Statistics and Management) – University of Malawi (1985); Post-Graduate diploma in Library Studies – University of Botswana (1988) and a Masters degree in Library Studies – University of Wales, UK (1991).

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Knowledge Management, Library management

 WHY AND WHEN I CHOSE LIBRARIANSHIP AS MY CAREER.  I fell in love with the profession in 1984 when I did a three months long vacation attachment in an academic library. That time I was in the third year of my four years bachelor’s degree programme. I was first introduced to the profession for the first time. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Social Science, I then joined the profession in March, 1986. I am about in about a year’s time upon reaching 60years of age!

AN EXPERIENCE RELATED TO MY PROFESSION: It has been a very interesting 34 years journey. Over the years I have grown academically and professionally. Academically I have attained a post-graduate diploma and master’s degree in library studies having entered the profession with a social science bachelor’s degree. Professionally I have raised through the ranks from a mere an Assistant Librarian Trainee under university of Malawi to a University Librarian for Lilongwe of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). I have worked almost in all departments/section within an academic library like Acquisitions, Cataloguing, Special Collections, Library Automation, and Library management. A particular experience I cherish most in my profession is when I attained a position of a University Librarian in June 2013. I feel I have reached a pinnacle in my profession and am very satisfied.

INVOLVEMENT IN AQUACULTURE AND FRESH WATER FISHERIES INFORMATION: I was first introduced to this subject in 2001 when I became a Head of an agriculture college library which had a department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science. Since then I have been dealing in that area in terms of sourcing for information and assisting users access to the information. Later in 2003 I joined both IAMSLIC and AFRIAMSLIC as a member. I was directly involved in the activities of AFRIAMSLIC when I attend and presented papers at its first and second conferences in Accra, Ghana in 2003 and 2005 respectively. I later hosted AFRIAMSLIC’s third conference in 2007. I have attended and presented papers at least five IAMSLIC annual conferences from 2005 to 2017 and served in some IAMSLIC committees representing African Region.


Mercy is a researcher, currently the head of programs in Lake Victoria Region Local Authorities Cooperation both at the East African Level and Ugandan level. The organization brings policy makers, researchers, academicians and other stake holders together for the sustainable utilization of the natural resources of Lake Victoria and its basin.

He has sat on a number of Executive Committees and boards, as well as chairing some, made presentations locally, regionally and globally in water related topics among others. He has 14 years of organization management especially creating partnerships, organization growth and development.

Coffi Ferdinando Rock GBEDO

Coffi Ferdinando Rock GBEDO is a librarian at Benin Institute for Fisheries and Oceanographic Research (IRHOB) since 2014. But before that he is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in archival science and in English. Coffi is highly engaged in the library development issues and in that vein he had been for the last three years volunteer at Drabo Public Library, a community library promoting information access in remote areas. There, he benefited from several trainings in the library domain such as Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders (SILL),International Network of Emerging Library Innovators – Sub-Saharan Africa (INELI-SSAf) provided by African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AFLIA). Coffi joined IAMSLIC and AFRIAMSLIC since November 2018. On behalf of his institution, he is Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract (ASFA) national partner in Benin since 2019.

AFRIAMSLIC SECRETARY  and vice-Secretary Candidates

The AFRIAMSLIC Secretary shall be responsible for the efficient administration of the association and shall keep a record of all AFRIAMSLIC meetings, including those of the Executive Board. He/ She shall be responsible for the proper and legal mailing of information to members and discharge all duties that may be assigned from time to time to him or her by the AFRIAMSLIC President and the Executive Board. He/ She shall serve as a non-voting member of the AFRIAMSLIC Board and she/he shall take all such actions as are necessary for the efficient and effective running of the Association’s affairs and Secretary’s Office.


    Alice holds a Bachelors degree in Library and Information Science from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, Master of Science in Information Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science (2008) all from Makerere University in Uganda.

    Since the year 2000, she has enjoyed her work as a Librarian and Information Manager at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, NaFIRRI. She has raised through the ranks from Information Assistant to Senior Librarian and Information Officer a position which she now holds which has enabled her to grow professionally and academically. She has over 18 years of experience working with Aquatic sciences information (Fisheries, Aquaculture and Water Environment).

    She is personate about information and knowledge sharing in all aspects of aquatic and marine life. She enjoys most identifying information needs of the users and ensuring that their information needs are met.

    She joined IASMLIC in 2008 and has been a member since. She has served on the membership committee representing AFRIAMSLIC. Currently she is Secretary of AFRIAMSLIC and would want to continue serving IAMSLIC by applying for the position of Secretary.

    raphael okeyo

    Raphael works as a Librarian at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Kisumu.

    He is the ASFA National Partner for Kenya and member of the ASFA Advisory Board.

    He has been an IAMSLIC / AFRIAMSLIC member since 2008.  Currently he is currently the Committee Leader of the ongoing project of the Directory of Africa Aquatic Institutions, Libraries, and Professionals (Marine and Freshwater).

    He would like to continue serving AFRIAMSLIC by applying for the position of Vice-Secretary.


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