The Registrar, Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), Prof. Michael Afolabi has called on Librarians and Information Managers to be knowledgeable and skillful in deploying ICT especially software to render seamless services
The Registrar gave the charge at a workshop on “Application of Free and Open Source Software in Library Operations” organized by Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria in Collaboration with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and held at the University of Calabar e-library.
Prof Afolabi stated that, librarians have continued to witness rapid changes in not just their physical space but also with their working tools and operations, adding that, ICT will continue to impact and influence these different aspects of libraries and the manner in which information is processed and transmitted.
He attested that, such skills will enable libraries respond to the demands of the labour market, bring about a paradigm shift of public perception of libraries, re-imaging services of libraries and re-strategize on how to manage and prioritize limited resources in the current economic recession.
The Registrar urged the participants not just to acquire skills for their self-development, but ensure the transferences of these skills to their various libraries for effective service delivery.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu welcomed the participants to the University of Calabar, adding that, a workshop is something that anybody should be delighted to hear about, especially when that person is in a University environment.
The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Ndifreke Udonwa stated that, a workshop is where you update your knowledge, disseminate information, build the future and also plan where and what to do.
Prof. Udonwa implored every participant to learn and take the workshop seriously adding that, the body of Librarians being a Registration Council, there was every reason to support this kind of development so as to make sure there is update of information and knowledge.
He said the University of Calabar is very happy with the library services rendered and that management is making sure, they keep the vision of making sure, library services are upgraded..
In a goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River State, Rev. Ugbe U. Joseph thanked the LRCN for bringing the workshop to the University of Calabar and pray that more of such should follow suit.
Rev. Ugbe who was represented
by the Director, Agricultural services, Mr. Anari Anari stated that, Cross
River State Government, in recognition of the activities of the Librarians’
Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) have not rested in giving recognition to
librarians in the stat