Want To Be A Library Advocate?
...then believe in, and promote the importance of free and equitable access to information in a democratic society. Believe in, and promote the fact that libraries and librarians are vital to the future of an information literate nation. Speak out for libraries!
Seeking and receiving information is a fundamental human right as stipulated by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and […]
Everyone deserves information to exist functionally and attain the desired objectives. When one knows what goes on around him, there will be no apathy because it is the lack of information that makes one feel dejected, disadvantaged, unaccepted and unacknowledged. Information engagement processes that give everyone the opportunity to improve, restore human dignity and take […]
Background Information Monkeypox is a rare viral disease caused by a double-stranded DNA, zoonotic virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae, called monkeypox virus (MPXV). It afflicts humans with symptoms similar to smallpox. The first recorded identification of the virus was in Copenhagen, Denmark, when State Serum Institute was investigating a disease among […]
In recent times no one seems to talk about private libraries as much as other library types like, public, school, special, academic and national libraries. Private libraries are those libraries owned, financed and are taken care of by individuals. Private libraries are ‘spring boards’ for better articulation and utilization of other libraries from a tender […]
In Nigeria, a lot of people perceive libraries as elitist institutions, patronised by only those who can read and write. This explains the need for us to stress the true significance of libraries, especially public libraries, as we need to portray them also as spaces fitting for the unschooled, dropouts, as well as artisans. Hence, the need to make everyone (the seemingly ‘less-elitists’ inclusive) know that they are good enough to make use of a library, and how much information and skill for a better life they can acquire from using a library.
A good number of educated people in Nigeria often abandon libraries after schooling because they do not see the need for using libraries afterwards, and the root of our “wahala” in Nigeria can largely be attributed to that. This also tells us that libraries, in the light of their total essence, have to be redefined to Nigerians. Nigerians need to know that everyone, regardless of demographic and socio-economic status need library services at every stage of life and for one reason or another – at infancy, through school, for workforce development, start-up information, business success, as senior citizens, et cetera. Ironically, we (librarians and libraries) have so much boxed ourselves in as ‘necessary adjuncts for quality education,’ forgetting that …continue reading