a personal note, I am originally from Nigeria in West Africa. My
mother is from Onitsha, an Igbo
tribe in Eastern Nigeria. My father is from Ijebu, a Yoruba
tribe in Ogun State, Western Nigeria. I was born in the city of
Enugu in Enugu State,
which is located in Eastern Nigeria. I was a child during the Nigerian-Biafran
Civil War and I have provided a brief account of what I remember
about this war at: NigerianBiafranwar.htm.
Librarianship is more challenging and demanding in this current
technology-oriented world. It is fallacy to believe that all a librarian
does is to assist people at the reference desk and/or warn library
patrons not to make noise or not to disturb others.
On the contrary, librarians are inundated with assignments and various
complicated and time consuming tasks. The duties of a librarian
varies depending on our place of employment. We may attain faculty
status; be required to publish; participate on both on- and off-campus
committees; attend, coordinate, and present workshops and conferences;
be active members of professional associations and organizations.
Additionally, I provide orientations and bibliographic instructions
to library patrons to introduce them to resources available to them.
I teach patrons how construct search strategies to effectively conduct
their research and find the information that they are seeking.
I participate in collection development by suggesting and selecting
titles to be added to the library's collection. This assignment
involves reviewing appropriate sources to select pertinent titles.
As a librarian, we "graduate" from school only in theory. We never
stop reading, writing, and researching. The only difference is that
as a professional, we get paid to do these.
My colleagues and I have also compiled several handouts for your
use. You may click here
to view the handouts or here
to view handouts on specific topics.