National President of the NLA, Alhaji Rilwanu Abdulsalami welcomes you to this platform. We are extremely happy you could find us on the web. Kindly avail yourself of the opportunities provided through the information provided on this website. This is our official channel for updating LIS professionals in Nigeria.
The Wife of the Vice President of Ghana,Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur has charged librarians in the country to add value to themselves by embracing the task of keeping up with new trends in the information sourcing industry and the changing face of library services in the country.
She was speaking at the opening ceremony of a Collaborative International Workshop organised by the Nigerian Liberian Association (IT Section) in conjunction with the Ghana Library Association(GLA) under the theme “ Librarianship and the demands for new Leadership Skills,’’ at the forecourt of the Balme library at the University of Ghana Legon in Accra.
Mrs. Amissah Arthur,a librarian for over 30 years and the first female President of the Ghana Librarian Association noted that to build a Strong Librarian Association, the negative stereotyped notion about libraries and librarians has to be changed to embrace new technological ways of sourcing information and rendering library services.
The library technology landscape is being transformed. Library technology vendors are being forced to innovate as a result of recent developments in computing (cloud, software as a service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)), disparate library systems and the ubiquity of devices used to access library services. Consequently, a new model, an all-encompassing library system is emerging. It has been given different names like, ‘shared service library management system’; ‘library services platforms’; ‘webscale management system’; ‘uniform management system’; ‘service platform’. In case you’ve not been following this trend, you may wish to take a look at the reports listed below for a proper perspective:
Register today to attend an International Library Workshop organized by the Information Technology Section of the Nigeria Library Association (NLA IT) in collaboration with Ifegrace Ventures Limited with the Support of Ghana Library Association. (GLA)
WORKSHOP THEME: LIBRARIANSHIP AND THE DEMANDS FOR NEW LEADERSHIP SKILLS
·Building and Sustaining High Performance Team in libraries
·Communication and Interpersonal Relationship
·Conducting Effective Performance Appraisal
·Planning for tomorrow’s global library;
·Staff Development and Future Library Leadership;
·Leadership Lessons Learned; Fostering Collaborative leadership in Libraries;
PERIOD/ DATE: April 13 - 17, 2014
The Balme Library Seminar Hall, University of Ghana, Legon Accra, Ghana
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The program is designed to stimulate the Intellectual skills of participants to enable them manage and lead their respective libraries insight, vision and result. It would also provide interested participants with better understanding of leadership to enable them develop strategies to deploy consideration of the dynamic operational environment of librarianship.
Participants will learn to think about leadership and management in new ways, and work together to develop action plans to take back to their home institutions. Workshop participants will develop skills including team building, collaboration and communication. Topics to be covered include opportunities for change and succession planning, pre-retirement
Planning, mortgage issues, etc.
Power point presentation
At the end of the programme, Participants will:
üIncrease their self-knowledge
üClarify their own sense of purpose as leaders
üDiscover their unique leadership path
üDevelop practices for sustaining themselves, their teams and their library
üPrepare and implement personal change programmes
üHarness the power of their creative imagination to explore new futures as relates to library development
üImprove leadership performance of your team/ staff
üIncrease the pool of wisdom and maturity unique amongst the library staff
üOpen possibilities for imaginative leadership
This workshop is designed for middle and senior management in libraries and information centers, who want to encourage development and positive change in the field. It will be open to others interested in developing leadership skills. Participants are expected from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Liberia and Gambia and other parts of Africa.
The workshop is scheduled to run for five days starting from April13 to 17, 20 14
Arrival 13th - Departure 17th
8:3O am to 4:OO pm Daily
Certificates would be awarded to participants who attended all the sessions and fulfilled all the requirements of the course.
Fifty thousand Naira (=N=50,000) OR $300:00 (Three hundred US Dollars) per participant. This covers tea break, lunch and course materials and workshop bag.
5% discount for 5 participants and above from one institution1 organization and 3% discount for three participants from same institution.
MODE OF PAYMENT:
Workshop fee is pre-paid. All cheques and or cash payments should be made payable to
Ifegrace Ventures Limited or to the below account detail:
Account Name: Ifegrace Ventures Ltd
Bank: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
Account No: 0 120780074 (Naira Account)
Account No:0 139790600 (DollarAccount)
Sort Code: 058 152065 (GTB Nigeria)
INQUIRIES/ CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATION
All inquiries1 confirmation of participation should be directed to the following:
On behalf of the National Executive and Council of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA), I have the pleasure to invite you to the 52nd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the NLA scheduled to take place as follows: Conference Theme: Nigerian Libraries, Confluence for Knowledge: Empowering the Citizens and the Society Date: 22nd-27th June, 2014 Venue: Golden Royal Hotel, 10 Bisalla Road, Independence Layout, Enugu, Enugu State DownloadLetter of invitation page 1 – 2 – 3 | Hotels in Enugu
The African Union has launched the the African Online Library on Law and Governance (African Law Library) that will provide an online database that offers legal text and secondary literature on the continents law and governance as well as comparisons to other legal systems and judgement.
The project by the African Innovation Foundation and implemented by Globethics.net will be available for access free of charge as the library aims on making the systems of law existing in various African countries: visible, accessible and consolidation of law existing in African countries. http://www.africanlawlibrary.net/
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in support of medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following the devastating typhoon. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.
The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.
WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE CHAIRMAN, NLA, IT SECTION AT THE OPENING
CEREMONY OF THE 7TH LIBRARY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TODAY (LITT)
2013 NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MONDAY, 7TH OCTOBER, 2013 AT THE RIVERS
STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, RIVERS STATE
The Vice Chancellor,
The Principals officers,
The Chairman and Executive Members of
NLA Rivers State Chapter,
Head of Libraries,
members of the Press,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have a great pleasure in
welcoming you all to the 7th National Workshop of the NLA, IT
Section tagged Library and Information Technology Today (LITT) 2013. The theme
of this year’s workshop is “Nigerian Libraries: Evolving in New Directions”. The
IT Section of Nigerian Library Association is one of the most proactive and
pragmatic sections of our noble professional body. This section could not have
done less in the face of the current challenges faced by our libraries
nationally. We are therefore grateful to the Vice Chancellor, Professor B.B.
Fakae, for accepting to host this workshop unconditionally. In addition, he
provided Amphi-Theatre for this opening ceremony, the library staff, the Information Technology Centre (ITC) staff
and facilities as well as the internal security. He also sponsored five Library
Staff to this workshop and several other logistics to ensure that all delegates
had a pleasant stay in RSUST.
The infusion of computer
and other communication technologies into library and information services has
brought the information professionals around the world into the reality of the
electronic age. Library Information professionals in Nigeria have however
decided to take the bull by the horn and build up their knowledge-base in this
all-important area of ICT penetration into library and information services
provision. Hence, the commencement of National Workshop tagged Library and Information
Technology Today about seven years ago and this is the 7th in that
series. NLA IT Section has come a long way in her fulfillment of capacity
building for Library and Information Professionals and related staff. We also
provide supportive roles to the institutions and organisations on issues that
affect the involvement of ICT in our various types of libraries nationwide as
well as organising conferences, workshops and seminars for stakeholders as it
is being done today. For all the stakeholders that came from far and near, I
welcome you to Port Harcourt, Rivers State and to one of the leading universities
in Nigeria and Africa at large.
With diminutive and giant
leaps, libraries and information organizations are evolving in innovative and
exciting ways. Hence, the theme of this year’s workshop is “Nigerian Libraries:
Evolving in New Directions”. The rapid changing technology and social trends
are fueling ICT evolution in both exciting and frightening ways. Computers,
spaces, library and information services are all evolving in different, and
mostly positive directions. This year’s LITT 2013 theme will focus on mobile
devices and electronic collections and how their use is changing the spaces and
services in libraries. It focuses on the skills, competencies, and roles that
are evolving to deal with all these changes in our communities and
organizations. I stand to commend the vision and mission of the NLA and the
relentless efforts of the Association at improving the standard of services in Nigerian
libraries which we have pursued with vigor over the years especially the
capacity building programme for Nigerian library and information professionals.
The Association has done so
much in strengthening and supporting the effective service delivery through
various trainings and seminars of this nature to expose information managers
and library professionals to attain optimum level of development and growth as
required in the 21st Century.
Mr Vice Chancellor, Ladies
and gentlemen, as you are aware, the programme of the association will be on
for one whole week featuring intensive training and development of human
capacity. At the end of the exercise, the participants are expected to have a
fulfilled professional outing which will add value to their libraries as well
as service delivery in their various organisations.
One of the most important
requirements for a nation to develop and sustain that development is excellent
and relevant educational programme for her people. This among others, is what
we strive to do at IT Section of NLA through our frequent training programme
through seminars and workshops, especially LITT National Workshop, as we all know
that a key ingredient for a good education is the relevancy which the
information specialists provide.
On behalf of IT Section of
NLA, we express our gratitude to all individuals and organizations who have
contributed in one way or the other to the realization of this Annual Workshop.
We also express special thanks to all the participants who have traveled from
far and near to make this Workshop a success. For the first-time-visitors to this
great citadel of learning, Rivers State University of Science and Technology,
we ask that you relax, feel at home and enjoy the unequal hospitality, peaceful
and serene environment.
Daily Report of LITT 2013 National Workshop – 3rd Day
The workshop entered its third day on Wednesday, 9th October, 2013. More participants arrived at the venue and had their registration around 8.00 am. Messrs Felix Azubuike and Ayodele Alonge briefly took the participants through the concluding part of the previous day’s practical session. The first session for the day started thereafter.
Dr Chinwe Anunobi, an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science anchored both morning and afternoon sessions. Her first paper was titled ‘Engaging Communities: What, Why and How of Connecting, Group Productivity and Collaboration Tools. Her second paper was titled ‘‘Engaging Communities: The What, Why and How of Creating and Publishing, Finding and Organising/Re-using Tools’.
The two sessions were fully practical in presentation. Blogging, Twitting, Skyping and Organizational Management media were carefully taught. Issues concerning their account opening, registration, among others were practically done by the participants during the two sessions. As usual, the participants were allowed to share their individual library’s experience and some of the challenges faced in the course of providing cutting edge electronic library services to their clients. Several advises and practical solutions were provided by the resource persons and experienced professionals. Emphasis was more on hands-on practical.
The Chairman of the Section, in an interlude between the two sessions, presented a power-point presentation on Emerald insight Publishers, one of the supporters of the Workshop who gave free customised USB flash drives, jotters and 14 days free access to all emerald journals to the first 50 registered participants.
Daily Report of LITT 2013 National Workshop – 2nd
The workshop entered its second day on Tuesday, 8th
October, 2013. More participants who arrived late on Monday were seen at the
registration desk as early as 8.00 am doing their registration for the
The first session for the day was anchored by Samuel Utulu, a
Principal Librarian and doctoral student at Capetown University, South Africa.
His delivery was titled ‘ New Trends in Content and Resource Sharing
Technology’. The session was quite revealing as the new technological
innovations that handle virtual resource sharing among the libraries were
taught. The participants were allowed to share their individual library’s
experience and later engaged with hands-on practicals.
The second session started after a brief recess. This
session was anchored by the immediate past Chairman of IT Section, Mr Felix
Azubuike. His own delivery was titled ‘Using QR Codes in Library Services’. He
took the participants through the world of Quick Response Codes and their
applications to library’s service delivery. Much of this session was also
hands-on practicals as each participant was encouraged to learn the process and
Reporting for NLA IT Section
Samuel Olu Adeyoyin cln, mismnAss. Secretary, NLA IT Section
October 7th would continue to be a memorable day for NLA IT
Section because of two major things. Firstly, we came in contact with a fully
loaded 21ST Century ICT compliant Vice Chancellor and secondly, the
divine intervention that reduced our human apprehension to zero.
The opening ceremony of the LITT 2013 National Workshop was held at the Amphitheatre Hall of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. It was a well-attended ceremony that had the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. B.B. Fakae, all principal officers, Deans, Directors, HODs, university community and most importantly, participants from within and outside Nigeria present. The Chairman of IT Section, Ayodele Alonge delivered the welcome address.
The occasion was chaired by Dr. Femi Kadiri, the Rivers State NLA
Chairman who stressed the importance and timeliness of LITT 2013 to LIS
professionals in Nigeria while the Director of ICT Centre of the University,
Professor Braide delivered the Keynote Address. The Vice Chancellor in his ICT
emotion-laden speech eventually declared the workshop open.
Immediately after the Opening
Ceremony, the training proper commenced with the opening lecture titled ‘Augmented
Reality, Dynamic Capability and Next Generation Libraries’ The section was
anchored by Samuel Utulu of Redeemer’s University, a Principal
Librarian and doctoral student at Capetown University, South Africa. The
comfort of the training venue and availability of more than enough ICT hands-on
equipment made the participants felt at home as they could easily practice all that was taught.
Meanwhile, the workshop
enters its second day today with more participants still on the way. It gets
more interesting as the mystery of the workshop’s success keeps unfolding.
2013 is still holding as scheduled. Don’t
miss the exciting ICT workshop
EVOLVING IN NEW DIRECTIONS http://t.co/wk3FoBGhIy— at Rivers State University Of Science and Technology Port Harcourt
All is set for the LITT 2013 Workshop. The host
institution, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt
is fully prepared to give us state- of-the-art facilities for
hands-on-training that will be anchored by seasoned contemporary librarians.