LIBRARIES, ACCESS TO INFORMATION, AND THE 2017 WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

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 […]

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Monkeypox

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONKEYPOX

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 […]

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LIBRARY CULTURE

Everyone has a personality that reflects his/her identity. This identity influences internal and external interactions, exhibited in belief systems, behaviours, characteristics and values. This personality so demonstrated is regarded as culture, which according to Fluery (2009) is the values and meanings that influence human behaviour and practices. Meanwhile, the collective values, norms, belief system and […]

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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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