Drawing out the best from library staff has been an issue for the appropriate working of administrators in Sierra Leone (SL). Custodians, as indicated by Crosby (2008) are data specialists in the Information Age. Their ability in the treatment of data has not been seen or acknowledged, despite the fact that these experts have been around for quite a while.
Custodians and data experts have not accomplished the status and position they ought to appropriately possess in the public arena. In many Ministries, Departments and Government Agencies (MDAs), where data taking care of and records keeping are key capacities, administrators, records directors and data experts have not been utilized to do these positions.
All things being equal, different experts, generally individuals with bookkeeping and business the board foundations have been utilized. Generally, crafted by curators has not been such a lot of felt and appreciated.
Library and data administrations in Sierra Leone Data is a key resource for any general public to flourish well in this 21st century. It is the apparatus by which learning happens and choices are made. It gives the required solutions to individuals’ solicitations and longings from varying backgrounds.
Consequently, the arrangement of library and data administrations to everything is undisputable. Practically a wide range of libraries exist in SL, on the grounds that no individual library can give all the data required by each likely client. In such manner, various libraries exist to serve various clients and their necessities.
The Sierra Leone Library Board (SLLB) fills in as both the National and Public library in the country. There are mostly nine (9) Academic libraries dispersed all through the country, these are found in the tertiary establishments (Universities, Colleges, Institutes and Teacher Training Colleges) giving advanced education. School libraries are found in generally Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary Schools.
Nonetheless, a larger part of these are not useful. Exceptional libraries are found in MDAs, privately owned businesses and individual set up libraries. Notwithstanding these are exploration and documentation focuses, for example, the Medical Research Center; Information Resource focuses, for example, that set up by the Embassy of the United States of America; and numerous little local area data focuses.
These data habitats are generally utilized by data searchers because of the principle reality that they offer online types of assistance for practically for nothing. The SLLB fills in as the critical point for the arrangement of library and data administrations in the country. It is available to all: experts, scholastics, analysts, understudies, students and for all youngsters.
There likewise, the overall people data needs are provided food for. These are outfitted towards meeting our cultural requirements for data, training, exploration, amusement and relaxation exercises. Staff in libraries and data administration foundations in Sierra Leone
There are two wide classes of staff utilized in our libraries just like the case for libraries everywhere: those engaged with library and data work, and the individuals who offer back-up types of assistance. Library and data staff capacities at various levels from non-proficient, Para-proficient, proficient, experts to administrative. At the help level, there are likewise manual/care taking staff, administrative/secretarial, specialized and PC staff, and expert staff. These all have an influence in giving the data that clients’ longing.
Library staff should work over the typical data arrangement job. Other significant capacities are:
I. Guide – giving physical, specialized and scholarly advisers for data assets in different arrangements;
ii. Work together – with others, referred to clients just as clients who come for some way of administrations again and again, and surprisingly far off clients;
iii. Focus on – be adaptable in performing new capacities to consolidate new requests in methods, constructions and bearings;
iv. Enable – delegate liability in this way engaging associates; and
v. Comprehend center capacities – of the library, its current circumstance, partners and in particular the clients.
Preparing library staff in Sierra Leone
The Institute of Library, Information and Communication Studies (INSLICS), Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL), is the place where Librarians and Information Professionals are prepared and prepared for the universe of work. INSLICS includes two divisions that offer two unmistakable projects: the Divisions of Mass Communication and Library, Archive and Information Studies separately.
The Mass Communication Division offers scholarly courses in the workmanship and study of human correspondence and plans understudies for profession openings in open data administrations, print media, broadcast media, advertising, film creation, promoting, showcasing, backing and related fields.
While the Division of Library, Archive and Information Studies caters for the expert preparing of curators, records directors, annalists and data researchers to oversee libraries, asset focuses, data focuses and related exercises.
The Division of Library, Archive and Information Studies was officially settled in 1986. It plans to accommodate the preparation and training of Librarians, Archivists, and Information Scientists at an assortment of levels, for those utilized in the two expert and non-proficient limits in Libraries, Archive Departments and Information Centers.
Inside the USL it is the specific mission of the Division of Library, Archive and Information Studies to instruct people for proficient professions as curators and data trained professionals and to encourage examination and administration programs identifying with society’s library and data needs.
Its objectives are:
I. To outfit understudies with the information, abilities and mentalities that are fundamental to proficient capability and vocation long proficient development in the field of library and data administrations;
II. To grow the information base of the calling through research; and
III. To share its assets by broadening administrations inside and past SL.
The Division at present offers the accompanying courses:
1. Unique Certificate in Library, Archive and Information Studies – this is a one year full-time course and is obviously fit to those with some experience of library and data work, who wish to get preparing in essential library/data abilities;
2. Confirmation in Library, Archive and Information Studies – a two-year full-time course for the individuals who might have some insight of library work and who desire to stand firm on a Para-proficient foothold in a library/data focus or chronicle later on;
3. Four year certification in liberal arts with Honors in Library, Archive and Information Studies – a four-year full-time course;
4. Post-Graduate Diploma in Library, Archive and Information Studies – a one-year program for graduates;
5. Expert of Philosophy in Library, Archive and Information Studies – a two-year program, for example one year showed program and one year research.
The test for library staff
The difficulties confronting library staff in SL are various. Among them, coming up next are worth focusing on: low wages, restricted limit, no appropriate systems administration, helpless framework, clients’ obliviousness and the polemics of status.
The test of clients’ obliviousness
A mysterious essayist once composed that “A library is an emergency clinic for the psyche.” This implies that the administrator is the prepared specialist or medical caretaker to oversee therapy to each wiped out mind. This likewise implies that the client who needs data is the debilitated brain that actually needs treatment from the bookkeeper. This is the best case, yet not the realistic one.
For each Sierra Leonean needs data for endurance and development; however going to the library is the significant obstruction. This is because of the way that many are not very much educated that the library exists to give the day by day data they need. As such there are libraries with data and information to help individuals, yet these individuals are uninformed of going there for such assistance.
It is in this manner the obligation of library staff to cause individuals to become mindful that the library can meet their every day data needs. They should discover available resources to connect with people in general. Two significant ways for each library are through the advertising and showcasing library and data administrations.
The test of the polemics of status
Wilson (1982) expressed that bookkeepers have since quite a while ago showed an inquisitive, and extreme, status nervousness that is reflected in the unlimited polemics about the expert status (or scarcity in that department) among them.
Librarianship ought to be one of those callings looking for an obvious status on the lookout. As Harris (1995) referenced, since the initiation of the possibility of a ‘library’ in the United States, and all the more fundamentally, since the center of the nineteenth century, curators and companions of libraries have been discussing the legitimate job of the library calling.
Librarianship is one of those callings that encroach on the actual endurance of any general public. The Librarian orders an interesting status corresponding with conventional callings in SL. In the event that we can acknowledge the idiom that “information itself is a type of force,” then, at that point the Librarian is the regulator of that force. He is the overseer of the country’s information base.