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The University Librarian, Tekena Tamuno Library, Redeemer’s University, Dr. E. L. Adebayo, recently visited some University Libraries in the United States of America. The visit to the Georgia State University, Atlanta was between 10th and 13th of May 2016, and the University of Georgia, Athens, later in the month.
During the visit, Dr. E. L. Adebayo met with a number of the Management Staff of the Georgia State University Library. Professor Jeff A. Steely is the Dean of Librarian, Associate Professor Bryan Synclair is the head of the Public Services, and Associate Professor Laura Burtle is the Head of Digital Library Sciences and Special Collections.
Other officers of the Library who Dr. Adebayo interacted with were Associate Professor Kristina Niedinghaus, the Associate Dean of Law Library and Information Services Jennifer Jones, the Training and Assessment Librarian and Mrs. Laura Carscaddon, the Head of Research and Engagement.
During the four (4) days visit, Dr. E. L. Adebayo moved round the entire University System of the University, which has been in operation since 1913. The library serves about fifty thousand (50, 000) students with about two thousand (2, 000) library staff excluding volunteers and students part-time workers.
The assessment of the exercise to the two (2) Universities revealed that Redeemer’s University Library is operating in the right direction but, only on a smaller scale. Our activities are clearly the same when compared with the best practices in the developed world. While there is no limit to the number of books an academic staff can borrow at Georgia State University for a year and students as many as twenty (20) books for a month, the Tekena Tamuno Library, Redeemer’s University also extends generous loan facilities to staff and students.
It is my hope that very soon; the gain of the visit will become visible.