Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria, LRCN, has commenced accreditation of library school programmes across the country.
It said the accreditation exercise is for quality assurance purposes and to ensure that libraries adopt standards set by it.
In the pilot scheme, the council said it carried out accreditation at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The Council’s Registrar, Jaáfaru Abdullahi, disclosed this during the opening ceremony of the National Workshop on Application of New Technological Trends in Libraries held at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Deputy Director of Public Relations at the LRCN, Ngozi Oboh, in a statement, quoted Abdullahi as saying the accreditation of library schools programme is part of the council’s mandate.
He said the accreditation exercise is for quality assurance purposes and to ensure that libraries adopt standards set by the Council for academic libraries in terms of content, facilities and staffing, as well as assessing their use of the curriculum and benchmarks set for different categories of libraries.
The statement added that LRCN plans to accredit two more tertiary institutions next month.
The Librarian of the University of Port Harcourt, Helen Emasealu said the accreditation exercise will help create awareness about the rules needed to be followed.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Onwunari Georgewill, in his remarks at the ceremony, commended LRCN for its activities and stated that a university without the library is not a university at all and that libraries occupy key positions in the life of every university.