Drawing out the best from library staff has been an issue for the best possible working of custodians in Sierra Leone (SL). Administrators, as indicated by Crosby (2008) are data specialists in the Information Age. Their skill in the treatment of data has not been seen or acknowledged, despite the fact that these experts have been around for quite a while. Curators and data experts have not accomplished the status and position they ought to appropriately possess in the public eye. In many Ministries, Departments and Government Agencies (MDAs), where data dealing with and records keeping are key capacities, curators, records supervisors and data experts have not been utilized to carry out these responsibilities. Rather, different experts, for the most part individuals with bookkeeping and business the board foundations have been utilized. Fundamentally, crafted by bookkeepers has not been such a lot of felt and acknowledged.
Library and data benefits in Sierra Leone
Data is a crucial resource for any general public to flourish well in this 21st century. It is the device by which learning happens and choices are made. It gives the required solutions to individuals’ solicitations and longings from varying backgrounds. In this manner, the arrangement of library and data administrations to all is undisputable. Practically a wide range of libraries exist in SL, in light of the fact that no individual library can give all the data required by each potential client. In such manner, various libraries exist to serve various clients and their needs.
The Sierra Leone Library Board (SLLB) fills in as both the National and Public library in the nation. There are for the most part nine (9) Academic libraries dissipated all through the nation, 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. Be that as it may, a lion’s share of these are not practical. Exceptional libraries are found in MDAs, privately owned businesses and individual set up libraries. Notwithstanding these are research and documentation focuses, for example, the Medical Research Center; Information Resource focuses, for example, that built up by the Embassy of the United States of America; and numerous little network data focuses. These data focuses are generally utilized by data searchers because of the fundamental reality that they give online administrations to practically for nothing out of pocket.
The SLLB fills in as the significant point for the arrangement of library and data benefits in the nation. It is available to all: experts, scholastics, specialists, understudies, students and for all youngsters. There likewise, the general masses data needs are cooked for. These are outfitted towards meeting our cultural requirements for data, training, research, stimulation and relaxation exercises.
Staff in libraries and data administration foundations in Sierra Leone
There are two expansive classes of staff utilized in our libraries similar to the case for libraries everywhere throughout the world: those engaged with library and data work, and the individuals who give back-up administrations. Library and data staff capacities at various levels from non-proficient, Para-proficient, proficient, masters to administrative. At the help level, there are additionally manual/care taking staff, administrative/secretarial, specialized and PC staff, and expert staff. These all have an impact in giving the data that clients’ craving.
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 configurations;
ii. Work together – with others, referred to clients just as clients who seek some way of administrations again and again, and even remote clients;
iii. Organize – be adaptable in performing new capacities so as to consolidate new requests in methodology, structures and bearings;
iv. Engage – delegate obligation in this way enabling partners; and
v. Comprehend center abilities – of the library, its condition, partners and above all 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 Librarians and Information Professionals are prepared and prepared for the universe of work. INSLICS contains two divisions that offer two unmistakable projects: the Divisions of Mass Communication and Library, Archive and Information Studies individually. The Mass Communication Division offers scholarly courses in the craftsmanship and study of human correspondence and gets ready understudies for vocation openings in open data administrations, print media, communicate 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 administrators, records directors, filers 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 intends to accommodate the preparation and training of Librarians, Archivists, and Information Scientists at an assortment of levels, for those utilized in both expert and non-proficient limits in Libraries, Archive Departments and Information Centers. Inside the USL it is the specific crucial the Division of Library, Archive and Information Studies to teach people for proficient professions as custodians and data pros and to cultivate research and administration programs identifying with society’s library and data needs.
Its objectives are:
I. To outfit understudies with the information, aptitudes and frames of mind that are fundamental to proficient ability and vocation long proficient development in the field of library and data administrations;
II. To extend the information base of the calling through research; and
III. To share its assets by expanding administrations inside and past SL.
The Division at present offers the accompanying courses:
1. Uncommon Certificate in Library, Archive and Information Studies – this is a one year full-time course and is unmistakably 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 may have some understanding of library work and who plan to hold a Para-proficient situation in a library/data focus or chronicle later on;
3. Four year education 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. Ace of Philosophy in Library, Archive and Information Studies – a two-year program, for example one year instructed program and one year inquire about.
The test for library staff
The difficulties confronting library staff in SL are various. Among them, coming up next merit referencing: low wages, restricted limit, no appropriate systems administration, poor framework, clients’ numbness and the polemics of status.
The test of clients’ numbness
A mysterious author once composed that “A library is a medical clinic for the brain.” This implies the custodian is the prepared specialist or attendant to control treatment to each debilitated personality. This likewise implies the client who needs data is the wiped out mind that actually needs treatment from the bookkeeper. This is the perfect case, yet not the down to business one. For each Sierra Leonean needs data for endurance and development; however setting off to the library is the significant hindrance. This is because of the way that many are not all around educated that the library exists to give the day by day data they need. In that capacity there are libraries with data and information to help individuals, however these individuals are ignorant of going there for such assistance. It is along these lines the obligation of library staff to cause individuals to become mindful that the library can meet their day by day data needs. They should discover available resources to connect with general society. 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 curators 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 deficiency in that department) among them. Librarianship ought to be one of those callings looking for an obvious status in the market. As Harris (1995) referenced, since the origin of the possibility of a ‘library’ in the United States, and all the more fundamentally, since the center of the nineteenth century, custodians and companions of libraries have been discussing the best possible job of the library calling. Librarianship is one of those callings that encroach on the very endurance of any general public. The Librarian directions an exceptional status parallel with conventional callings in SL. On the off chance that we can acknowledge the adage that “information itself is a type of intensity,” at that point the Librarian is the controller of that force. He is the overseer of the country’s information base.
A redefinition of the library calling and the administrator in creating nations is direly required. Similarly as how Huttemann (1985) referenced that “self-supporting and independent Pan-African financial development needs to build up its characteristic and HR.” So the work and job of custodians are keys for SL to understand her much visualized monetary development and success. As Huttemann further expressed that the advancement of financial and social improvement can be directed appropriately just in the event that it is bolstered by sound data and documentation administrations required for divisions