PAO Darcy Zotter Challenged Young Librarians in Nigeria to Make a Difference in the Library and Information Profession.

Lagos – U.S. Consulate General Lagos and Goethe-Institut, Nigeria in collaboration with the University of Abuja and Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W-Tec) organized a two day workshop (September 25-26, 2017) for 20 young librarians drawn from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

The theme for the workshop was Innovative Services Delivery in Libraries andInformation Centers. The intent of the workshop was to equip  young librarians with enhanced knowledge, skills, creativity and confidence to use modern and innovative technologies in library work.

Group photo of the participants and the Workshop facilitators with the Darcy Zotter (Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Lagos) and Friederike Möschel (Director, Goethe-Institut, Nigeria)

At the opening, the Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Consulate General, Darcy Zotter, charged the  librarians to maximize the opportunity  to increase their capacity at the workshop. She reminded them that librarianship is facing a lot competition for space from other professionals. Therefore, the onus is on them to “acquire the core competencies of the profession and make a difference”.

PAO Zotter told the participants that, “Nigeria needs young vibrant, energetic and information technology savvy library and information professionals like you. You are the ones who will take the torch that will be lighted in this workshop to the rest of the country. Your generation is waiting for you to show them how to light their world with complete and timely information.” She concluded that they were chosen because we believe that they have what it takes to make that difference.

(l-r) Samuel A. Eyitayo (IRC Director, U.S. Consulate General, Lagos), Oreoluwa Somolu-Lesi (Executive Director, W.TEC), Dr. Victoria Okojie (University of Abuja), Darcy Zotter (Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General. Lagos), Friederike Möschel (Director, Goethe-Institut, Nigeria), Safurat Balogun (Head, Library and Information Center, Goethe-Institut, Nigeria) and Bolanle Olumekor (United Nations Information Centre, Lagos)Earlier, the Director of Goethe-Institut, Nigeria, Friederike Möschel encouraged the participants to do more with what they will learn at the workshop. The workshop exposed participants to Customer Service, Effective Use of Social Media, How to Accelerate your Career through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Access to International Funding and Leadership & Mentoring. The resource persons included Safurat Balogun (Head, Library and Information Center, Goethe-Institut, Nigeria), Victoria Okojie (Senior Lecturer, University of Abuja  and a member of the Governing Board of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); Samuel A. Eyitayo (IRC Director, U.S. Consulate General, Lagos) and Oreoluwa Somolu-Lesi (Executive Director, Women’s technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) ).