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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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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