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!
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 […]
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 […]
Librarians, academics and a few might understand and appreciate the importance of Libraries in the society. However there are so many that do not recognize that or probably they’ve forgotten! That’s what advocacy is all about- pointing out to people, reminding those that have forgotten of the exclusive niche that libraries have in education, literacy […]
Are you a book lover? Do you like to read as a way of luxury? Do you like intellectual competition? Do you want to win a reading prize? If yes, yes, yes, then this is for you!. As a way to mark the International Youth Day, Library Advocacy Group presents a literacy promotion competition for […]
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