Ghana Library Authority to re-launch mobile van library services

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Gbeze/William Fiabu, GNA

Accra, Oct. 5, GNA –
The Ghana Library Authority (GLA) will soon re-launch its mobile van library
services in all the 10 regions to reach out to communities, especially the
double track students at home “to have some sort of reading materials to keep
them abreast”.

Mr Hayford Siaw,
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the GLA, announced this on Friday when the
GLA Management visited the Ghana News Agency (GNA), to seek collaboration for
their programmes and activities for 2019.

He said the GLA
received financial support from government to repair the vans to kick start the
exercise, and that, currently the vans are in the workshop undergoing fittings
for the re-launch exercise.

The GLA, he said, has
positioned itself to ensure that all students at home could easily get some
reading materials from the nearest branches or districts and assured that it
would soon re-launch its mobile van services in the Northern and Southern
zones.

Mr Siaw said the Board
and management of GLA would declare next year as the National Year of Reading,
on the theme, “Reading for Progress” to revive the reading habits of the
populace and sees the GNA as a key stakeholder to enable the GLA to achieve
that target.

“I believe this
collaboration with a key state agency like the GNA would enable us to reach out
to more people during our national year of reading campaign.

“We cannot undertake a
national exercise of that nature for a whole year without collaborating with
the agency responsible for news gathering and dissemination in the country –
the authentic voice – so we invited the GNA to collaborate with us in the
exercise.”

He said there was the
need for GNA to offer its platform as part of the National Year of Reading
celebration, to educate the public about the importance of reading and
libraries in the communities and how information and reading could change lives
and a society.

“The idea is to get
people to know that reading actually helps people to progress in life. Having
educated people who can have access to information is critical to national
development and we cannot under estimate that,” he added.

Mr Siaw also announced
that the Authority would also revamp the Schools and College Library Department
to support the development of education and reading in the country.

He said: “the
government has seen that this department is a critical one that can support the
development of education and reading in the country, hence the need to revamp
the department.

“We are currently
expanding our books processing unit to cater for the over 600 secondary schools
and over 60 public libraries, as well as adding about 13 new libraries next
year.

Mr Kweku Osei-Bonsu,
the Acting General Manager of the GNA, on his part, said GNA as a state owned
institution, places issues of national interest first, so the collaboration was
in the right direction.

He said the GNA has
its presence in all the 10 regional capitals and in some districts and assured
the GLA of the Agency’s preparedness to collaborate with it and provide the
necessary publicity to achieve a common goal.

Mr Osie-Bonsu said the
GNA also has a library that needs to be digitised to meet modern standards and
generate some revenue, and hoped that the collaboration would help achieve that
since the GLA has the expertise in that area.

GNA

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