The Greater Accra Regional Librarian, Mr. Guy Amarteifio, has called on government to consider putting up a public fund also called the library fund to help develop activities of the Ghana Library Authority in the country.

According to him, libraries are important because they act as catalyst or fulcrums to nation building and development.

Mr. Amarteifio in an exclusive with said the country can boost of 10 regional libraries, 51 branch libraries and 10 mobile libraries which move to areas where the Authority feels are underserved to help with education.

He revealed that, the Authority is unable to live on their mandate due to the fact that government is the sole agent funding their operations.

Mr. Amarteifio called on benevolent institutions, philanthropists and organizations to come to the aid of the Authority by supporting and sponsoring their programs, “In the communities we have banks, churches and others organizations and these are the people we look up to come to our aid”.

He also recounted measures and activities the Authority have put in place to help its patrons.

He noted the authority is yet to convince some benefactors to bring up tool library system in the country to give library users a practical feel of artisanal tools and its use, “This library tool is happening in other places, we are even in the process of trying to see whether we can get collaborators on board to establish that thing here because it helps a lot.  We are thinking of helping the children to use the vocational skills that they have acquired in classroom. They can even to build benches to help the communities where they live”.

Mr. Amarteifio disclosed that, his institution has incorporated a library system called the “door to door” system where librarians move to schools and communities which are far away from places where there are libraries to help people study more. But he has cautioned people not to take mobile library as an intervention rather another system of library operation.

He however dismissed the assertion that Ghanaians no longer visit the libraries but hinted that there is a decline in numbers due to the afternoon classes teachers conduct for their pupils in school lately.



Source:Yaa Amoakoawaa Yeboah/