Written by Godfrey AKON

LRCN tasks VCs on employment of certified librarians

The Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria, LRCN, has called on all Vice Chancellors and heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria to employ and promote only certified librarians.

Registrar of LRCN, Prof. Michael Afolabi, stated this during a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof Ignatius Akhakhia Onimawo.

According to a statement LRCN Assistant Director, Information, Ngozi Oboh, Afolabi said the call became necessary because of the key role libraries play in the education system.

 “A library accounts for storage of knowledge and information that help men in their pursuit of excellence and in generating new schools of thought, making innovative discoveries, and generally contributing to adding to world information and knowledge,” he said.

“The libraries are indeed self-contained educational establishments that can shape the educational destiny of students and even others who come into contact with them.”

He noted that only qualified library and information science professionals can deliver services that would guarantee positive learning and teaching experience in the institutions.

Responding, the Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Onimawo, said adequate strategy would be put in place to ensure that all librarians within their system are certified and that a process to weed out non-certified staff in the future will be considered.

 

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