By Felix Khanoba
The Federal Government is to introduce Professional Qualifying Examination for all Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals in the country.
The Registrar of Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), Prof. Michael Afolabi, said the exam will come into force as soon as necessary procedures are finalized.
He made this known at the opening ceremony of the National Workshop on Database Design and Management for Academic and Research libraries held on Tuesday in Ibadan.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY by Mrs Ngozi Oboh, LRCN’s Assistant Director of Information, quoted Afolabi as saying that librarians can only be inducted when they are successful in the exam.
“In addition to the possession of a degree in Library and Information Science, applicants would be made to sit and be successful in the professional examination before they will be inducted.
“We will set standards that align with international best practices to ensure that librarianship practiced in Nigeria is at par with that, practiced all over the world,” the registrar said.
While saying that in the near future, non-certified practitioners would no longer be promoted at work, the LRCN boss said fresh graduates that are not successful in the qualifying exam risk not securing meaningful appointment in the profession.
Speaking further, Afolabi stated that the registration of librarians and capacity building of the LIS professionals is meant to raise a team of seasoned librarians who will deliver optimal services in the sector.
He said this prompted the Council to also train librarians in the area of database design and management, saying that databases ensure data security, facilitate data sharing, and reduce data redundancy.