African Digital Libraries Support Network (ADLSN) is a network of African practitioners and other interested actors with a common goal of supporting the preservation and dissemination of local digital content.

The network is further divided into practitioner communities, which are present in the following countries: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Each local community has a volunteer-based coordinating centre, often with institutional backing. Requests for training and support are matched with regional availability in the local communities.  All the centers together drive and execute the overarching ADLSN agenda.

A key part of the ADLSN agenda is actively providing a bridge between local practitioners, Free and Open Source Software communities (African and abroad) and international funding programs and initiatives.

Our vision

To be a leading network in the development of digital content in Africa

Our mission

To facilitate access to local digital content in Africa

Our strategic objectives

  • To promote development of Digital Collections based on Free and Open Source Software
  • To provide Technical Support and be adaptive to new FOSS developments
  • To provide advice on Best Practices in managing Digital Libraries and Repositories
  • To help liaise with international funding programs
  • To extent the Support Network to other countries in Africa


The Community pages list the team members responsible for the network’s coordinating centers.

Here is the volunteer team driving and executing the overarching ADLSN agenda:
Roseline Bawack: Training Team Lead
Amos Kujenga: Technical Team Lead
Rosalie Lack: Digital Library Strategist
Evan Mungai Njoroge: Communications Team Lead and Director of Communications
Sandraghassen S. Pillai: Technologist
Felix Rop: ADLC Technical Manager
Henk van Dam: Resource Mobilisation Team Lead
Vacant: ADLC Product Manager

Administrative Board

Africa Bwamkuu: President
Teklemichael T. Wordofa: Vice President
Repke de Vries: Treasurer


ADLSN is an advanced and expanded version of the Southern Africa Greenstone Support Network (SAGSN). The SAGSN was a result of the 2006 Africa wide feasibility study to investigate the viability of an African, regional, self-sustained Greenstone Support Network. The study was initiated by the creators of Greenstone at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.