A call has gone out to government and school administrators to find a way of reintroducing school libraries in both public and private schools in Nigeria.
Dr. Fadekemi Oyewusi of the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, made this call on Wednesday, while delivering a lecture titled: ”New Wine In An Old Wine Skin: The Trajectory of School Libraries In Nigeria.”at the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan.
According to her, any nation that does not take the provision of the school library media centre as an important element of the school sector is jeopardizing its own future.
”The school library media centre need to be reintroduced into the Nigerian school system and private school administrators need to show some interest in this aspect of the school unit.” she said.
She went further to state that studies have shown that the school library has a major and significant role to play in supporting and enhancing educational goals. She noted that the current situation of school library media centres in 2018 had not changed in Nigeria from what it used to be.
According to her, the few school library media centres in Nigeria exist in highbrow private schools and in federal government’s unity schools while most state-owned schools do not have school library media centre.
She explained that outdated resources and services with a traditional quiet research space are what make a school library to be in the category of an old wine skin, while the new wine type of school library is an exciting welcoming space that is appropriately staffed and resourced.
She however called on government and school authorities to catch the students young in order to improve their reading, research, thinking, imagination, and creative ability.
Among those present at the lecture were Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor J.A. Ademokoya, students and lecturers from Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, Heads of Departments and Faculty Officers among others.