The Committee of University Librarians and Deputies (CULD) has held its eighth biennial seminar on the theme “The Academic and Research Librarian in the 21st Century” at the Centre for Continuing Education, North Campus.
Delivering the welcome address on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Prof. L. K. Owusu-Ansah, noted that with the rapid advances in technology, libraries and librarians are expected to play critical roles in the educational and research institutions of the 21st Century by developing new approaches and services to meet the growing needs of their clientele. He observed that the skills and expertise librarians bring to the job should serve as the topmost priority to meet the challenges of the new millennium.
The Vice-Chancellor, called on the leadership of academic and research institutions to continue to sustain investments in building the information infrastructure to facilitate access to global knowledge pool adding that “This will contribute to teaching, learning, research and developmental activities to generate new knowledge.”
The guest speaker for the seminar, Prof. Anaba Alemna advised the librarians to employ innovative ways of marketing their services by asserting themselves as true professionals so that they would not be deemed as redundant. He also entreated them to be conversant with the different forms of media to meet the expectation of the growing needs of library users.
The two-day seminar was attended by Librarians and their deputies from both public and private universities in Ghana.