UDS Library honoured at 20th anniversary celebration

Several members of the UDS Library were honoured at the 20th anniversary celebrations recently held in Tamale. 

Alhaji I K Antwi's citation was as follows:

Alhaji Ibrahim Kwabena Antwi, Pioneer Staff of the University was the first Library Staff to be recruited to the University for Development Studies from the Position of Acting University Librarian in May 1993. You were promoted to the rank of University Librarian in October 1995.

As the 1st University Librabrian, you built the Library from scratch. Today UDS can confidently say that our Library is the Centre for Excellence for Academic and Research Work.

Your profound understanding of Library Administration won you many awards which include: Member, Study Seminar on Bibliographic Information on Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom August, 1996; Honorary Member, Appointment Research Board of Advisors, American Biographical Institute, 1999, and the highest award of a full Fellowship of Ghana Library Association in November 2006.

On the occasion of the University’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, the Governing Council, Management, Staff and Students wish to recognize your tremendous contributions that have brought UDS this far. UDS salutes you.

UDS will always be grateful to you
UDS wishes you Allah’s Blessings.
CONGRATULATIONS!

Others, including J M Amuda, were also honoured for their long service. 

Activities

The Association over the years has organised various activities to promote librarianship, information science, professionalism, national and worldwide issues among others. Notable ones are;

•    Colloquium
    In 1997 a Colloquium on National Library Service was held to look at the Library Service Bill. The GLA, the Ghana Library Authority (then Ghana Library Board), the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Information and other stakeholders  deliberated and amended the Library Service Bill to take into account prevailing  trends and a provision of a National Library. The report was presented to the Minister of Education.

•    Stakeholders Meeting
    In 2001, there was a meeting of stakeholders to look at the Ghana Library Service Act and make recommendations to take into consideration the services rendered by the Ghana Library Service.
    A draft bill was presented to the Minister of Education for consideration.
A second stakeholders’ meeting was held in 2008 to discuss the draft bill sent to the Ministry of Education and to incorporate the inputs made by the Ministry and other stakeholders. The revised document was sent to the Minister of Education after the meeting.

•    Training
Training has been an ongoing through the years by the Education, Research and Training Committee. These have been tailored to meet the needs of members. A few of the areas covered are:

  • cataloguing
  • report writing
  • publishing
  • documentation
  • ICT
  • open access
  • human relations
  • customer care etc.

    These training eventshave been held to upgrade members and to introduce them to current trends in the profession.

•    Seminars
Professional seminars have been held at least once a year. It must be noted that at all Annual General Meetings (AGM) at least one paper is presented and discussions held.
The year 2012 had two seminars organised as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, which covered the following topics:
-    Libraries: key to national development
-    Libraries driving access to knowledge
-    Libraries: facilitators of knowledge generation
-    Knowing is not enough: engaging in the knowledge economy
-    The illusive national library: the case of Ghana
-    Building a strong library association

•    GLA Journal
The GLA has a journal that comes out two times a year.  Members have over the years had their articles and papers published in them.
•    Consultancy services
    Members of the GLA have done consultancies services for Government     Institutions as well as non-governmental institutions.
    Some members have done consultancy services outside the country.
•    Collaboration with other bodies
The GLA has over the years collaborated with other institutions in some of its activities. Some of them are Fredric Ebert Foundation/USIS/Goethe Institute/Balme Library. For example the Goethe Institute has provided training in ICT for GLA members. Fredric Ebert Foundation has provided facilitators at some of our training programmes.
•    Secretariat
The Association has a secretariat, located at INSTI/CSIR near the Gold House, Kawokudi Junction, Accra. Plans are underway to find a more permanent place on the Legon Campus.

•    Personalities
The Association is proud to have some high profile personalities as members namely;
a.    Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur – a former President (GLA) and wife of the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana.
b.    Honourable Kosi Kedem – a former member of parliament in the 4th Republic.
c.    Dr. Mrs. Helena Asamoah-Hassan – IFLA- Africa Section President

Past Presidents

  1. Mr. R. G. M. Pitcher 1st President 1962-1963
  2. Mr. E. K. Koranteng 2nd President 1963-1964
  3. Mr. A. G. T. Ofori 3rd President 1963-1964
  4. Mr. E. K. Amedeke 4th President 1965-1967
  5. Mr. David E. M. Odoi 5th President 1967-1969
  6. Mr. David Cornelius 6th President 1969-1971
  7. Mr. A. N. De Heer 7th President 1971-1977
  8. Mr. G. C. O. Lamptey 8th President 1977-1983
  9. Mr. J. A. Villars 9th President 1983-1988
  10. Mr. Samson Afre 10th President 1988-1990
  11. Mr. Daniel B. Addo 11th President 1990-1992
  12. Nana Asiedu 12th President 1992-1996
  13. Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur 13th President 1996-1998
  14. Mr. Clement Entsua-Mensah 14th President 1998-2002
  15. Mrs. Helena R. Asamoah-Hassan 15th President 2002-2006
  16. Mrs. Valentina J. A. Bannerman 16th President 2006-2010
  17. Mr. Albert K. A. Fynn 17th President 2010-2012
  18. Mrs. Perpetua S. Dadzie 18th President 2013-date

GLA Activities over the years

The Association over the years has organised various activities to promote librarianship, information science, professionalism, national and worldwide issues among others. Notable ones are;

Colloquium

In 1997 a Colloquium on National Library Service was held to look at the Library     Service Bill. The GLA, the Ghana Library Authority (then Ghana Library Board),     The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Information and other stakeholders  deliberated and amended the Library Service Bill to take into account prevailing  trends and a provision of a National Library. The report was presented to the Minister of Education.

Stakeholders Meeting

In 2001, there was a meeting of stakeholders to look at the Ghana Library Service ACT and make recommendations to take into consideration the services     rendered by the Ghana Library Service.

A draft bill was presented to the Minister of Education for consideration.

A second stakeholders’ meeting was held in 2008 to discuss the draft bill sent to the Ministry of Education and to incorporate the inputs made by the Ministry and other stakeholders. The revised document was sent to the Minister of Education after the meeting.

Training

Training has been an ongoing through the years by the Education, Research and Training Committee. These have been tailored to meet the needs of members. A few of the areas covered are: cataloguing/report writing/publishing/documentation/ICT/open access/human relations/customer care etc.

These training have been held to upgrade members and to introduce them to     current trends in the profession.

Seminars

Professional seminars have been held at least once a year. It must be noted that at all Annual General Meetings (AGM) at least one paper is presented and discussions held.

The year 2012 had two seminars organised as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, which covered the following topics:

  • Libraries: key to national development
  • Libraries driving access to knowledge
  • Libraries: facilitators of knowledge generation
  • Knowing is not enough: engaging in the knowledge economy
  • The illusive national library: the case of Ghana
  • Building a strong library association

GLA Journal

The GLA has a journal that comes out two times a year.  Members have over the years had their articles and papers published in them.

Consultancy services

Members of the GLA have done consultancies services for Government Institutions as well as non-governmental institutions.

Some members have done consultancy services outside the country.

Collaboration with other bodies

The GLA has over the years collaborated with other institutions in some of its activities. Some of them are Fredric Ebert Foundation/USIS/Goethe Institute/Balme Library. For example the Goethe Institute has provided training in ICT for GLA members. Fredric Ebert Foundation has provided facilitators at some of our training programmes.

Secretariat

The Association has a secretariat, located at INSTI/CSIR near the Gold House, Kawokudi Junction, Accra. Plans are underway to find a more permanent place on the Legon Campus. 

Personalities

The Association is proud to have some high profile personalities as members namely;

  1. Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur – a former President (GLA) and wife of the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana.
  2. Honourable Kosi Kedem – a former member of parliament in the 4th Republic.
  3. Dr. Mrs. Helena Asamoah-Hassan – IFLA- Africa Section President