Abuja - The Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is training librarians in to the country on information and communications technology in a move that is aimed to bring them at par with their colleagues internationally.
The organizations have organized a workshop on application of free and open source software in library operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka.
The training aimed to sharpen the skills of all Librarians in Nigeria to be able to access online resources that are free and use them in the different categories of libraries across the country.
At the opening ceremony, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of LRCN, Dr Victoria Okojie, said with the level of technological advancement being witnessed today, librarians should be adequately equipped with skills to become key players in the ICT techno-savvy environment.
“They must be adept with new tools and be deft in using them to create, generate and disseminate information,” she said.
LRCN, according to her, is committed to ensuring that information professionals in Nigeria were at par with their counterparts in developed countries.
Okojie said government was aware of the paltry financial resources available to libraries, which saw only a few afford to use proprietary software.
“Free and open source software must be ‘free”, accessible and very easy to maintain but most librarians are either uninformed about their availability or lack the requisite skills to deploy the facilities. The skill gap is what this workshop seeks to fill. Our plan is that by end of 2015, most certified librarians in Nigeria would have been adequately skilled to apply free and open source software in different operations of their libraries,” Okojie added.
Speaking at the workshop, the Acting Director General of NITDA, Dr Daura Ashiru, represented by Director Corporate Strategy and Research, Emeka Ezekwesili, lauded the partnership with LRCN.
He said librarians should utilize the abundant opportunities made available by the ICTs and leverage on them for better information service delivery.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Professor Bartho Okolo, also lauded the initiative.
“Libraries and human resources are two key factors in accreditation. Any institution that fails on library facilities can only get partial accreditation,” Okolo added.
– CAJ News