Coun­cil to clam­p­down on quack li­brar­i­ans

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Chidimma C. Okeke & Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

Li­brar­i­ans’ Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nige­ria (LRCN) has warned non-li­brar­i­ans, who are mas­querad­ing as li­brar­i­ans, to steer clear of li­braries across the coun­try or face pros­e­cu­tion.

The coun­cil said it would not only bark but also bite hard on those it de­scribed as “quack li­brar­i­ans.”

The Reg­is­trar/CEO

of LRCN, Dr. Vic­to­ria Oko­jie gave the warn­ing in Abuja at the 6th In­duc­tion and 2nd Con­fer­ence of Cer­ti­fied Li­brar­i­ans in Nige­ria with the theme: ‘In­no­va­tive Li­braries: Tools for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.’

“We want to sound a note of warn­ing that they will be sanc­tioned, pros­e­cuted ac­cord­ing to the power given to us by the Act es­tab­lish­ing the Li­brar­ian Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nige­ria which is Act 12 of 1995,” she said.

Oko­jie, who de­cried the pres­ence of quacks in the pro­fes­sion, said the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion for one to be re­garded as a Li­brar­ian is First De­gree in Li­brar­i­an­ship, with­out which the per­son would be con­sid­ered quack.

The Reg­is­trar also re­vealed that the Coun­cil has suc­ceeded in re­mov­ing five Di­rec­tors of Li­brary Board be­cause they were not Pro­fes­sional Li­brar­i­ans.

She said, “The Act stip­u­lated that you can­not prac­tice Li­brar­i­an­ship un­less you are cer­ti­fied by the LRCN.”

While con­grat­u­lat­ing the 530 in­ductees that were cer­ti­fied to prac­tice the Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sion, she noted that the fig­ure brings the to­tal num­bers of Cer­ti­fied Li­brar­i­ans in the coun­try to 4,671.

In her re­mark, the Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ha­jiya Hin­datu Ab­dul­lahi, called on li­brary and in­for­ma­tion sci­ence pro­fes­sion­als in the coun­try to de­velop a dis­as­ter man­age­ment master plan for li­braries in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the master plan has be­come nec­es­sary be­cause there are doc­u­ments that are very es­sen­tial in the life of a na­tion that and when such doc­u­ments are lost or de­stroyed, it be­comes im­pos­si­ble to re­place them.

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