The Ghana Library Authority says it is collaborating with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to improve the capacity of libraries in Senior High Schools across the country.
The Authority said it is rolling out a residential training program for librarians in the various Senior High Schools to help them deliver improved services at the various work places.
The training, which is the first of its kind forms part of activities by the government to improve the quality of education within the framework of the implementation of Free SHS policy.
“The Minister recognize that, the most important resource of any library is its people and hence, the nationwide training is to equip the school library managers with 21st century skills in librarianship and information science, to enable them to serve the needs of students and teaching staff,” said Mr Hayford Siaw, Executive Director (Ag) of the Ghana Library Authority.
“We have assembled a team of seasoned Librarians and Information Science professionals from Ghana Library Authority and University of Ghana for this School Library Transformation Agenda and expect drastic changes to occur through the training programme offered,” he added.
About 700 school librarians will be taken through the training areas such as Cataloging and Classification, Preservation of Documentary Materials, Practical use of Library Management System for collection management among others.
The Executive Director of the Library Authority, said, already supplementary reading materials are being sourced from publishers across the country to equip school libraries.
Libraries with notable issues in infrastructure, he said, have been documented and interventions are ongoing to bring them to acceptable standards.
Senior High School Libraries will soon be equipped with open-source websites for downloads and use without the internet including Wikipedia, Khan Academy and many others.
They will be available on the Raspberry Pi with RACHEL installed. It includes WiFi capabilities and automatically act as a hotpot in schools.
“To ensure ongoing learning possibilities for students, they can have access to classics from the Ghana Library App, downloadable on Appstore and Playstore.”
The training has been categorized into four zones with Zone one made up of schools in the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo and Bono East Regions.
Zone Two will comprise schools in the Greater Accra, Central, Western and Western North Region.
Zone Three will focus on schools in the Eastern, Volta and Oti Regions and the Zone Four will cover schools in the Upper East, Upper West, Savannah, Northern and North East Regions.