Librarians Admonished To Adopt ICT

MRS.MATILDA AMISSAH-ARTHUR,SECOND LADY (18)

The Second Lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur,  has charged librarians to be abreast of changing trends in information media technology and to utilise it to enhance their professional output.

She said information literacy has the potential to create new opportunities for development, and urged Librarians to explore the advantages of the information age.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the Biennial Congress and the Annual General Meeting of the Ghana Library Association at the Cape Coast University.

The meeting which was attended by librarians across the country, was on the theme,“Information Literacy and a Changing Landscape”.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur said in this digital age, information literacy has become a basic human right, and as such people have to live, learn and work in the digital society.

She said in order for people to survive and succeed in this complex environment, they need to acquire the skills to enable them assess and package the needed information for effective use.

“We are confronted daily with new information, as well as knowledge in different forms,” she added.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur also stated that despite the challenges posed by the changing media landscape, the digital and social media tools have brought some innovations.

She said information literacy could help people evaluate, as well as create  new information and knowledge  that could embrace diverse forms of change from an economy based on labour and capital,  to one based on information.

Dr. Perpetual Dadzie, President of the Ghana Library Association, observed that the information landscape was constantly evolving with the changing social, political and economic environment of our society.

She, therefore, entreated library and information professionals to embrace the change as part of their roles, as information literacy contributes greatly to the quality of life.

“Our role as library professionals is to accept and embrace change, and to equip ourselves to guide all users in both the digital and non-digital environment,” she said.

But that, she noted, would be possible if librarians and information professionals themselves were information-literate.

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