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!
The development of both human, economic and infrastructural resources take a huge part of every nations’ agenda. It is fulcrum on which every activities and operations of government and organisations are hinged. Thus, countries are classified based on their level of economic, human, educational and infrastructural development. Interestingly, countries of the world are classified as […]
Introduction Libraries provide unique services that empower individuals, communities and the society at large. The role of the library as a change agent in all ramifications is not in doubt. Over the years libraries have and still playing significant impact in nation building. Libraries serve as hosts to global information and knowledge and are key […]
Man coexisted as a social entity guided by a common affinity with social interactions, sharing a common social territory. Thus, man existed in a society with principles that dictate its terms of existence and operations. Over time, the society began to experience some sort of complexities arising from governance, agriculture, economic transactions to local medicine […]
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 […]
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