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!
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, […]
It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the just concluded Literacy Promotion “READ and WIN” competition which was organized in commemoration of the International Youth Day. With high display of brilliance from all participants, choosing the winners was not in any way easy for the reviewers, but winners must emerge. Hence, I want […]
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 […]
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