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I would want to welcome you to the Centre known for her great passion for facilitating and training of school librarian and media specialist for the Nigerian school system. Evidence as shown that there is need to train media specialist for the Nigerian sector which would assist the school library supports students’ knowledge and abilities in inquiry learning is gathered and measured as part of the school’s assessment processes. Transliteracy (reading and writing across all media) is developed and promoted through access to print, digital/multimedia collections and access to resources (digital, multimedia, analogue) for production, enabling pupils and students to become active seekers and users of information and creative and critical thinkers, sharing their new knowledge in a variety of media. Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies students are trained to become competent co-constructors of knowledge and develop an understanding of the world beyond their immediate experiences by facilitating the use of the school library media centre and its resources to find information to solve problems.
The Senate of the University of Ibadan in 1985 approved the recommendation of the Development Committee (Paper no 3436) on the expansion and autonomy of the Abadina Media Resource Centre that: Abadina Media Resource Centre be constituted as an autonomous Centre within the Faculty of Education and the Centre would function as a teaching, research and public service Unit for schools and children’s libraries.
The functions of the Centre has given recognition to its coordinating capacity for school library development and serve as a Centre of excellence for school library/media programmes nationally and internationally. The Centre has academic programmes at Master’s and Doctorial levels to produce qualified personnel to run or administer school library media programmes and media facilities, teach same discipline at the tertiary education levels as well as conduct research to extend the frontiers of knowledge and improve quality of school media services. Through its academic/professional publications and conduct of regular conferences, seminars and workshops for school librarians/school library media specialists it has facilitated uniform growth and development of school library media centres and in effect enhanced reading skills among Nigerian children and youths.
Finally, take advantage of opportunities to connect with our lecturers, staff and students because the Centre has a strong tradition of outreach programme (Children Library, Story hour on Saturdays, Readership Campaign programmes etc) and public engagements and would love to collaborate with you.
Dr Fadekemi Oyewusi