Mrs Matilda Nana Manye Amissah-Arthur, wife of Ghana’s Vice President, has stressed the need for library associations in the country to provide members with competency and skills needed for rendering quality service.
Herself a professional librarian, urged fellow professionals to prepare themselves adequately for new challenges of global librarianship in the face of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) through continuous education to its members.
This, she said, would deepen the knowledge of Ghanaian librarians and promote a spirit of camaraderie among members.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur gave the advice on Tuesday when she opened a five-day conference of African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AFLA ) conference for the Africa region, underway at at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.
She said libraries could empower the economic and social development of nations, and underlined the need to build string library associations to lead the way, and to attract members and retain them.
Strong library associations, Mrs Amissah-Arthur said would enable members to share knowledge and collaborate to support national development and to play advocacy role.
As a former President of the Ghana Library Association, Mrs Amissah-Arthur observed that current trends require entirely new and well improved ways of running libraries dealing with information provision because information is now a commodity, citing as information brokerage and information entrepreneurship.
She said information is now recognized as power and strength and a weapon in the world of globalised information.
The wife of the Vice President Association commended staff of Ghana Library Authority for their commitment to duty.
Mrs. Jennifer Nicholson the Secretary-General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions praised Ghana for hosting the conference.
Mrs Jennifer Nicholson, Secretary-General of IFLA stressed the federation’s endeavors to building an enduring partnership with the Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI).
She said the goal of this partnership is to organize regional conferences in this field in different African countries announced that there would soon be a conference in South Africa soon during which experts from the IFLA and AFLA would share their experiences with the members of the Boards of Directors of associations and libraries throughout the Arab world and discuss with them how to create strong associations and institutions throughout world.
Some personalities that graced the progemme were the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor William Otoo Eliss, and Dr Helena Asamoah Hassan , the President of the AFLA. GNA