WHY YOU SHOULD ADVOCATE FOR NIGERIAN PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Sixty-seven years ago, at the instance of the West African Library Association (WALA), the colonial government of Nigeria founded a federal library advisory committee whose role was “to advise the Federal and Regional Governments and the Government of Southern Cameroon on library and bibliographical policy and problems” (Nnaji, 1986). The committee which also consisted of […]

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Repositioning Nigerian Libraries for Optimal Impact

In recent times, libraries in Nigeria have been faced with misconceptions and wrong perceptions. Unfortunately, these misconceptions do not only come from the unlearned, but also from the elites and those who have passed through universities. People seem to underestimate the significance of libraries as regards their services. This however owes to so many reasons […]

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Hear from the Winners of the Literacy Promotion “READ and WIN” Competition

On behalf of the Library Advocacy Group, I unveil with gladness, the winners of the Literacy Promotion “READ and WIN” Competition. It is pertinent to reiterate that the competition was a challenging one for the participants, as well as the reviewers. The participants had just one week to summarise a novel, Man of the People […]

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School Libraries – Pathways to Academic Achievements and National Development

The current state of school libraries in Nigeria has serious implications for national development. Many of our schools use classrooms, stores, offices or book cupboards to house their book collections. There is no gainsaying the fact that school libraries have the lowest of priorities in our educational system. Majority of schools possess no library, where […]

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What A Library Is Not

On Twitter today, someone put up the picture on the right as an example of a school library in a Community Secondary School he visited. In his words, This public school doesn’t have a dedicated room for library, when asked during an assessment this is what I was shown as their library. Thx [Source: @lanredavido1] […]

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Elasticity of Libraries

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, […]

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Edo Government to Revamp Public Libraries

It is indeed a great news for the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) especially the Edo state chapter as the Executive Governor of the State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has assured of his administration’s determination to revamp public libraries and equip them with state-of-the-art facilities. The governor disclosed this in Benin City when he received the Joint […]

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Library Advocacy 101

Who should be a library advocate? Anybody who believes in the importance of libraries and access to information! This includes library trustees and Friends, library users (including children and their parents), educators, community leaders and librarians. What can you do to advocate for your library? Use PaLA’s PA Forward initiative to frame issues your elected […]

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