By Mary Agidi
The need for Nigerian Libraries to move from the traditional way of operation to digital level to suit the change in a technological advanced environment has been emphasised.
This was the submission of stakeholders at the 2018 library week symposium organised by Nigerian Library Association, Ondo State chapter held at Albert Ilemobade library Federal University of Technology FUTA , Akure.
The Vice-Chancellor of FUTA, Prof. Adeola Fuwape charged librarians to strive to reposition library in Nigeria to meet the global standard and fit into the technological advanced environment that we are.
He described the theme of the symposium ” Libraries and Social Media as Catalyst for National Unity and Security” as apt and commended the organiser for the initiative.
Fuwape also used the medium to enjoin younger generation to imbibe the habit of reading.
Speaking on the roles of libraries in national unity and security, the librarian of National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration ,NIEPA Nigeria, Ondo state, Dr. Adebola Agbaje noted that Libraries have the inherent capabilities of getting the best out of individuals, groups, towns, states and nations with the provision of resources that enhances knowledge on issues, thereby bringing about lofty decisions and actions.
She noted that the key to sustainable development, peace and stability within and among countries is the provision of education to the populace, adding that the presence of libraries to encourage and facilitate reading is, therefore, of prime importance.
According to her, librarians need to put more emphasis on readers awareness campaign more than before, saying an uninformed or under informed citizen is dangerous to national unity and security.
Her words: “One of the major roles of libraries is the creation of awareness.
“Libraries should run awareness programmes on citizens’ roles, essence of national unity and security for individuals and the nation. Both are basis for peace, growth and wealth.
“Libraries must generate, disseminate and respond to current and information needs regarding national unity and security.
The State Chairman of Nigerian Library Association, (NLA), Mr Bode Arawande said the theme was chosen to see how Libraries in Nigeria can deploy social media to engender national cohesion and improve security architecture of Nigeria.
He added that the symposium is apt at this time when the country is facing myriad of security challenges, hence the need for librarians to participate in the nation building.