The Library as an Agent of Change: Pushing the Clientinstitution Forward

Authors : Eniekebi Regina Ejiroghene, and Ogbimi Evelyn Odemi.

Volume/Issue : Volume 3 - 2018, Issue 4 - April

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The libraries today must transform into change agent. “While” a place to go to for information, the emphasis must be on dispatching information beyond its walls. Libraries should disseminate information to its patrons, rather than waiting patrons to come. The ability of the library profession is found in its value of information. The ability to select useful information and arranged it into categories for easy access represent that libraries possess a detailed understanding of what the institutions desire. The traditional place of library stopped at collecting, arranging, and assisting. It did not involved, any significant way: Informing the institution about the material collected on their behalf; Discussing the issues for which the material was to provided background and enlightenment; Soliciting users through extensive demonstration programed of how to use the information collected and for what purposes; Targeting individuals in the institution for special services so that they can sent the value of the information to others; Teaming with management of the organization on addressing challenges, projects, research initiatives, and instruction as a player (policy and decision-maker) who brings the significant perspective of knowledge and information provider to the table; or Stretching the job specification of librarian, or the institutional role of the library to fit better needs of the organization it serves. These six under-used action need to be put to use intelligently if the library will remain useful, and the organization they serve wish to progress. To achieve this transition, libraries can’t be passive organizations. They must act like other information providers who, are often less well-equipped to increase the position of the organization that the library serves. Libraries are * Facilitators * Consultants * Trainers * Journalists/reporters. In making the assertions above, it is important to provide some brief background on why library are faced with the problems of either remaining same or putting itself as an agent of change.

Keywords : Library, Agent, Change, Pushing Client institution, Information, knowledge.


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