A Library Assistant otherwise herein referred to as L.A; has a dual usage and here given an indigenous color in Primary/Elementary, Secondary schools otherwise called School Library & Public library on one hand and Academic/National Library on the other hand. There’s a bit difference in the two. For the School Libraries, the L.A must have a minimum of Secondary schools Qualification, hired and trained for the job; While in the case of Academic/National Libraries, the L A class includes Diploma Certificate holder otherwise Library Officers in School & Public library. An L.A’s training need requires Skills in the Library practice to enable him stand in the gap
between the librarian and the clienteles in the daily running of the Library services. Hence as the name implied, he virtually ASSIST both the Librarian and the clienteles to make the library function. Yet, he/she is not a Professional. Today, his/her training needs goes beyond the traditional Library Practice but includes the application of ICT in library services. It all provides Skills and Knowledge necessary for the post
UGWU, CHRISTOPHER MADUABUCHI Is a graduate Librarian and came into the profession as a Library Assistant in 1981. After Three years practice, I went for the Diploma Course from the University of Ibadan 1984 to 1986 and graduated from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in 2016.