By Regina Benneh, GNA
Sunyani, Oct. 09, GNA - Professor (Ing) Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Sunyani Technical University (STU) has appealed to the government to adequately resource the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) for it to perform its core mandate creditably and effectively.
He observed that libraries did not only keep books and other educational materials for learning and research purposes, but served as a place for preservation of documents and cultural heritage, which are passed on to generations and also contributed to a nation’s education and socio-economic development.
Prof. Ing. Adinkrah-Appiah made the appeal when he spoke at the opening of the fifth annual library and information week celebration of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Library Association on Thursday in Sunyani.
Under the theme “Libraries: Transforming Ghana’s Economy”, the programme aimed at sensitising the general public on the important role of libraries in the socio economic development of the country.
He said Library gave people the opportunity to find jobs and explore new areas of research and information to improve on their professional skills to surmount challenges for their career advancement.
Prof. Ing. Adinkra-Appiah stated that librarians were watchdogs who took care of research findings, relevant scientific and professional knowledge and government documents at the library for future references, adding that they were major defenders of intellectual properties and academic freedom.
He stated with concern that libraries, despite all their importance were saddled with several challenges like inadequate government financial support to perform efficiently and poor condition of service of the staff.
Prof. Ing. Adinkra-Appiah implored the government to pay particular attention to the newly-created Technical Universities in the country by providing them with hi-technology library facilities to be able to constitute the focal point of government’s flagship industrialisation policy of One District-One Factory.
He entreated stakeholders to come out with vital resolutions to assist in solving the challenges of the library profession in the country.
Mr. Frederic Noble Baada, the acting Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of the Ghana Librarian Association, emphasised that access to equal and quality education for all could not be achieved without resourced libraries.
Mr. Baada said libraries promoted reading skills and proficiency among pupils and students, which is fundamental to the accelerated development of a nation.
He therefore advised librarians to cultivate good habits and positive attitudes to discharge their duties satisfactorily for the benefit of pupils, students and the general public.
Mr. Baada said information had now become a factor of production and therefore urged librarians to be proud of their chosen profession by committing themselves to work efficiently to deliver beyond expectation for the speedy transformation of the national economy.