Stakeholders call for modernization of public library in Nigeria
Nigerian librarians have called for the modernization of the country’s public library to enhance development and improve a service delivery.
This is contained in a statement issued at the end of the 5th Annual Conference of the National Librarian, Directors and Chairpersons of the Boards of State Public Libraries in Nigeria on Friday in Enugu.
The theme of the conference was “Nigerian Public Libraries in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Journey So Far”.
The conference was held under the chairmanship of the Acting University Librarian of Umudike Agricultural University, Dr Isaac Ogbonna, and hosted by the National Librarian of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN), Professor Chinwe Anunobi .
He noted that most public libraries across the country lack the digital infrastructure required to foster digital literacy and digital inclusion in their immediate communities to advance the goals of the SDGs.
He said libraries should invest in professional learning and development to overcome identified barriers that impede the digital needs of library users, including lack of staff knowledge and ability to handle customer demands.
According to the release, most state public libraries enforce patchwork and moribund public library laws enacted in the 1960s and 1970s that are inconsistent with current realities and have therefore become outdated and impractical in the delivery of library services. and information of the 21st century.
This, he said, should be uniformly reviewed and harmonized in tandem with current realities and global best practices to allow them to function optimally.
He said there is a need to improve the penetration of low-level information and communication technologies in communities and public library systems in Nigeria to effectively harness and advance the SDGs.
The statement further states that most public libraries in Nigeria rarely come up with innovative programs and activities that would make their libraries appealing to young people.
“Most librarians in public libraries are not very driven and driven by passion, which results in low-level innovation and creativity.
“Public libraries are insufficiently funded to provide effective services and deploy the sufficient information resources needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Libraries should plan innovative programs, activities and services such as play corners in the library, smart science spaces to leverage science and technology for community development.
“Digital literacy is imperative for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and state governments in Nigeria are required to provide digital infrastructure and facilitate far-reaching digital training and capacity building for public library staff in their states “, he launched.