Aging Librarians and the Crisis of Succession Planning at Fourah Bay College Library

The issue of progression arranging has been talked about in a few library fora. The Academic Libraries Group did a noteworthy SWOT investigation during its show at the Seminar on Library Capacity Building Interventions for Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in West Africa at the Erata Hotel, East Legon, Ghana in June 2009.

However a few qualities were distinguished (counting right type of staff, qualified experts, experienced staff, coordinated designs, powerful situation of University Librarians as a component of top administration and the accessibility of formal expert advisory groups/associations/affiliations), a striking shortcoming among eight others was that of the ‘maturing administrators’.

The Library at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone, isn’t an exemption. A huge level of senior library staff would resign between 2018 and 2026, and just the execution of a forceful progression arranging strategy would rescue the basic circumstance. It is accepted that Alexander the Great never had a hearty progression plan and the severe result was the deterioration of the distant he battled to assemble.

Meaning OF SUCCESSION PLANNING Progression arranging is tied in with supplanting staff who will ultimately leave an association because of a few variables including passing, move, acquiescence, end, excusal, retirement and so forth As indicated by Blakesley, it “might progressively be seen as a piece of key arranging measures, as we choose what should be done and what can be surrendered, and how to redistribute, retrain and realign individuals who stay in our associations” (2011 p. 34).

The Biblical order (Paul to Timothy) is able: “And the things that thou hast knew about me among many observers, the equivalent submit thou to unwavering men, who will have the option to show others too.” (2 Timothy 2:2, King James Version).

Angela Bridgland (1999) thought that individuals and positions ought to be deliberately checked on to guarantee that the essential arrangement of an association is carried out. However there is a lot of talk about the “turning gray of our calling” (Blakesley, 2011, p. 32), we are reminded that “it’s not news that children of post war America are arriving at retirement age” (Bermes, p. 66).

In 2001, during the joint meeting coordinated by the Standing Conference of African University Libraries, Western Area (SCAULWA) and the West African Library Association (WALA) in Accra, Ghana the writer of this article remarked on the fast decrease in the quantity of expert administrators in Sierra Leone. The circumstance in Fourah Bay College Library is a microcosm of the public issue.

Numerous expert custodians in the nation have resigned from the calling. A portion of these powerful characters or commonly recognized names incorporate Mrs. Gladys Jusu-Sheriff, Mrs. Deanna Thomas (late), Mrs. Gloria Dillsworth, Mrs. Olatungie Campbell, Mrs. Marian Lisk, Mr. Victor Coker, Mrs. Alice Malamah-Thomas, Mr. A.N.T. Deen (late), Mrs.

Yeama Lucilda Hunter, Mrs. Abator Thomas, Prof. Magnus John and so forth This has left an extremely wide hole in the calling and the current expert curators are not very many and far between. STATUS OF AGING FBC LIBRARY STAFF IN RELATION TO SUCCESSION PLANNING There are three primary classes of staff at FBC Library, specifically, junior, senior supporting and senior.

Ranking Staff Maybe the issue of progression arranging is extremely basic when one considers the level of senior library staff (scholastic and specialized) that would resign inside the two or three years. It should be noticed that the retirement age for senior individuals from staff is 65 years.

On the off chance that five out of the seven individuals from staff (that is 71.4%) will resign in eight years (somewhere in the range of 2018 and 2026), or six (85.8%) will leave the framework somewhere in the range of 2018 and 2030), the essential significance of progression arranging at Fourah Bay College Library can’t be over underscored.

The current head has barely 10 years and a half to set the house all together before his exit, if he remains until the finish of his own residency in 2033 (after a help of 41 years). The first to resign in 2018 would have given a sum of 44 years of administration to the College and is presently the top of the Periodicals Section in the Library. He is consistently named ‘the Encyclopedia of Fourah Bay College Library’.

Maybe, the most harming misfortune might be the current Book Binder whose substitution is presently being effectively examined at the Institute of Library, Information and Communication Studies (INSLICS) at Fourah Bay College where he shows all the preservation courses. Who will supplant him when he resigns in 2023 in the wake of allowing 45 years of administration to the Bindery?

That is in fact the inquiry. He has effectively given twenty years of his profession filling in as a Part – Time Lecturer at INSLICS and there is not really some other tertiary establishment in Sierra Leone with a useful bindery unit. None of the other nine individuals from staff in the bindery at Fourah Bay College have any capability in protection.

That very year (2023) would likewise observe the finish of 45 years of administration of the top of another extraordinary segment, the Sierra Leone Collection, which frames a vital piece of the public book index of Sierra Leone. He is deliberately situated to prepare expected bookkeepers during his most recent six years as he will graduate with the M.Phil in Library, Archive and Information Studies in 2017.

He will be trailed by the current top of the Cataloging Department who might have served for a very long time on his retirement in 2025, similar number of years the top of the Issue Desk/Circulation Department would have given when her administration closes in 2026.

The dynamism of a senior female scholarly staff is now apparent in the way that she at present delegates the top of the Cataloging area and administers the American Shelf, where she sorts out numerous significant effort programs. She likely could be viewed as an exceptionally unique advertising official who has substantially more to contribute in her 45 years of administration that will end in 2030.

Senior Supporting staff Staff in this class are expected for retirement at sixty years old. Sadly, this class comes up short on the relating number of staff to supplant the individuals who will ultimately resign from the senior unit. Truth be told, a male staff is expected for retirement toward the finish of September this year and he is as of now serving his second year past the time of retirement.

Luckily, a female staff in this class as of late graduated with the M.Phil in Library and Information Science from INSLICS and this staff is presently the President of the Sierra Leone Association of Archivists, Librarians and Information Professionals (SLAALIP) where she is serving the initial term, which would end in 2017.

The M.Phil degree would ultimately sling her to the senior scholarly staff classification. A subsequent female staff has a lot to bring to the table the Library until 2032. She has finished a few projects at INSLICS, including the college certification, post alumni confirmation and is presently doing her M.Phil. The chance likewise exists for the Administrative Assistant to seek after a profession in Librarianship.

One of the male staff has been recognized as a possible chief as he has effectively finished his postgraduate recognition in Library and Information Studies and would select for the M.Phil in a similar discipline in the 2016/17 meeting.

With two additional a very long time in the library, there is every one of the an unmistakable chance that he may likewise have a chance to head the whole library. Another female staff (a regulatory staff) additionally has the choice to seek after a vocation in Librarianship and ascend to key library positions inside the following many years.

Junior staff The 21 individuals from staff in this classification structure the main part of the library staff. Since a library’s most significant asset is its staff, extensive assets and energy should be concentrated to engage these staff who are working with practically zero declarations.

Staff in this class resign at sixty years old years, offering the library the executives a chance to distinguish those that would be urged to additionally work on themselves and enter the tertiary establishment. Albeit these 21 staff have very little or no huge capabilities, the fate of Fourah Bay College Library decisively lies in the possession of this likely labor force.

A female staff is as of now selected at INSLICS and she would ideally finish her Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree during the 2017/18 meeting. Upon consummation, the normal situation to be expected by a female staff is Senior Library Assistant and with additional preparation at INSLICS, she will ultimately move to the senior scholarly framework.

A male staff is presently selected a recognition program at the Institute of Library, Information and Communication Studies, Fourah Bay College and would ideally graduate toward the finish of the 2017/18 scholarly year. He would ultimately be moved up to the Library Assistant position.

Another male staff has effectively acquired confirmation at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) to peruse for a four year certification in Public Sector Management. Upon consummation, he will move to the Senior Supporting Category as a Trainee Librarian.

Such a position will offer him the chance to ultimately enroll for a Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship course at INSLICS. Tragically, a female staff that finished the Certificate in Library Studies during the 2014/15 meeting kicked the bucket on nineteenth January 2016.

Eight junior staff will resign during the 2040s and five during the 2030s and the assistance of another eight will end somewhere in the range of 2019 and 2029. A few staff have been urged to take or retake the West African Senior Certificate Examination to qualify them to enlist on degree programs at INSLICS or different divisions.

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