Monday, September 19, 2016

The Mortenson Center celebrates International Day of Peace

The Mortenson Center invites libraries and librarians around the world to join our International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21st In collaboration with the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign we are inviting our community to add their peace wishes to our Tree of Peace, and #treetyourself to our photo booth.

Tell us how you are celebrating at https://librariesforpeace.org/ and follow us or post your activities using the hashtags #librariesforpeace #peaceday
To learn about our International Peace Day initiative, visit librariesforpeace.org.  This website is for librarians worldwide to learn about what libraries are doing to promote peace, how they can initiate their own efforts, and where these actions are taking place; to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding; and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace.  

JOIN this Libraries for Peace (L4P) movement by going to the website to:
Celebrate Library for Peace (L4P) Day on 21st September, 2016 (International Day of Peace)
  1. Pledge to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  2. Share your story of how you and/or your library are working toward building a peaceful and sustainable local and global community.

The Libraries for Peace web portal was created to advance the mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, which for the past 25 years, has worked to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace. Libraries as information, education and cultural centers have a role in advancing peace internationally.

For more information, please email mortenson@illinois.edu
Source: Email alert on helen.okpala@unn.edu.ng
NB: Same information has been posted to the following blogs:

 www.helenokpala.com
www.nlaenugu.blogspot.com
www.phreeinfo.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 15, 2016

UNN Library Internship Students- Finishing strong!

The library wishes to thank all the Intern students from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and other Universities like Michael Okpala University, Umudike, University of Benin and others, who have invested their time and energy in helping out with work in the library. They were all deployed to the various sections of the library, including the Bindery section. Here we have some of them after the cut...

Now, this is Miss Ujunwa, an elegant staff or more like it, intern who currently serves in the Africana Section. As seen in the picture on the left, she has been engrossed with ensuring these projects get processed and users access them. Africana Section of the library is one of the busiest sections in the library that attracts several users on a daily basis due to the nature of material the section houses such as Projects, Theses and Dissertations, Biafrana materials and Achebeana. Probably during the forthcoming Founders' Day Celebration, there would be another Unit created from the Africana Section...Let's keep our fingers crossed. The Biafrana materials are currently being digitized for posterity and preservation and uploaded in the Institutional Repository (IR) of the University. These materials are very rich contents which may not be found elsewhere. They are materials written about Biafra, especially during the times of Biafra. Most of them are brittling away and so, the library decided to digitize them for users to gain access easily for maximum utilization. Users from other Universities do visit the Africana section to consult projects and other useful materials. The staff of the section are eager to deliver to users and are warm in reception. These Intern students are for sure, going to miss their stay in the section. The picture might be deceptive because males are also part of the internship venture. Interviewing some of these students, we have some of their comments:

''We have really enjoyed our stay and have learnt a lot working in Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka...we've learnt so much that money cannot buy. It is not all about money, but what can you carry out to the world that could help you solve problems outside there. We have met with very interesting staff that were very warm to us and willing to answer our queries whenever we have them, and we always do. Coming to the challenges, we really had a great challenge with staying back when the school was not in session due to accommodation squabbles, but in all we thank God  and pray we get good grades afterall'

 Helen Nneka Okpala - reporter!