After five days of a refresher training program for the AUN Library staff, the trainer and pioneer founding University Librarian, Ms. Martha Speirs, and the trainees retired to a sumptuous dinner at the AUN Club house on January 31 with Provost Muhammadou Kah.
An international library consultant, Ms. Speirs, who left after seven years, returned to AUN to facilitate a technical training for eight library staff with funding from the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL) Small Grant.
AMICAL is an association of 29 American-style universities located in 22 countries and AUN is a member.
On behalf of President Dekle, Prof Kah expressed gratitude to Ms. Speirs for her contribution to the growth of AUN since inception. He recalled that Ms. Speirs started the library in 2005 with nothing at the temporary campus when the university did not even have buildings.
Turning to the trainees, he remarked that learning never ends and said that professional development is necessary to continually sharpen their skills. He added that the training will help faculty and students produce better research.
“The library is the heartbeat of the university. It is the most important intellectual infrastructure on campus. So we commend the work that you do behind the scenes to ensure that our learning community is equipped and have access to the resources they need to respond to the rigor to which we subject them.”
Ms. Speirs was very pleased to be back to Yola. She said she is happy to have been able to help the AUN Library achieve the required upgrade, so needed to meet current and future standards.
She is happy that the University is still growing and moving on the path of sustainability.
After the dinner, she received gifts including AUN memorabilia.
She said the reception was very warm. “It’s been a pleasure spending time with all of you. I feel like I am a queen. I do not think I have these connections anywhere else. I feel like I am home.”
AUN Librarian, Dr. Carlos G. Wong-Martínez, said they made the best choice with Ms. Speirs for the training as she has the wealth of knowledge and experience for it.
One of the trainees, Hawwau Moruf, said they are honored to have Ms. Speirs facilitate the training. Another, Victor Omonijo, said from the training, he got exposed to innovations in a library automation systems.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa