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…Libraries vital in state’s education feats – Adinuba

ANAMBRA State Government has credited functional library with crucial roles in the transformation of not only basic education but also other subsectors of education in Anambra State.

  Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba gave the commendation in an address he delivered during the opening ceremony of 2021 Conference of Nigerian Library Association (NLA), Anambra State Chapter in Prof. Kenneth Dike E-Library, Awka, yesterday.

  Explaining that those feats would not have been easy to accomplish without government’s strategic investment and untiring dedication of highly motivated staff of Anambra State Library Board, under the leadership of Library Director, Dr. Nkechi Udeze, who doubles as Chairman of Nigerian Library Association, Adinuba said this underscores Gov. Willie Obiano’s unrelenting commitment to promoting l earning and education in the state.

  Therefore, to sustain these feats, Adinuba stated that government is putting finishing touches on arrangements to introduce digital library services where books, journals, newspapers and other publications will be freely and digitally accessible from anywhere in the state.

  The commissioner also disclosed that the state government will further appreciate Udeze and 450 other resource persons who have projected the image of the state over the years by conferring special awards to them in February 2022.

  Earlier in her address of welcome, Udeze described the annual conference as a great opportunity for librarians to physically meet and brainstorm on affairs connected to library service development with primary aim of improving their productivity.

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  While explaining that the theme of the event: Innovative Digital Practices – Transforming Libraries for Information Service Sustainability was well thought, Udeze reiterated that libraries need to be proactive and engage in a continuous innovation aimed at improving information creation, repackaging and dissemination, to measure up with trends in information platform that will make them remain relevant in society.

  Chairman of the Occasion and former Director of Anambra State Library Board, Chris Onebunne described librarians as the custodians of knowledge and information, and advised them to always pass on the information for liberation of humanity and the society.

  In her keynote address, Prof. Ebele Anyaoku, whose lecture was delivered by Dr. Ada Orakpor dissected the theme of the event, rolled out the expectations of libraries in a digital environment, and concluded that global library shift to digital and remote access to information is sounding the bell that libraries in Nigeria need to develop new emphasis on collections and services, re-evaluate their services in the new reality and prioritise innovative digital practices as enumerated, for service sustainability in the digital age.

  In their separate remarks, MD and CEO, Anambra State Signage and Advertisment Agency(ANSAA), Chief Jude Emecheta lauded the state library for their progress over the last nine years he has known them, and encouraged the public to always take advantage of the library and its services.

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