LESSONS FOR LIBRARIANS: CAREER OF GHANA’S DR HELENA ASAMOA-HASSAN

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2014
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Owusu-Ansah Mfum, Christopher
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Time Journals of Arts and Educational Research
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Purpose: The mission of librarians is to provide access to information required for the satisfaction of their users. This article brings to the fore the need for academic librarians in particular to assert themselves and reinforce their competencies in their bid to serve a very complex clientele in the age of information and communication technology and changes in higher education. Design/Methodology: The authors achieved the purpose of this study through a brief review of the literature in an attempt to identify some standards expected of highly competent librarians. Through a face to face interview with a seasoned Ghanaian librarian, these standards are then tested in a bid to ascertain some of the notions of excellent academic librarianship. Findings: The study revealed among others that a highly successful career in librarianship is achievable but requires awareness of and abiding by the professional standards and expectations of modern academic librarianship. Again, the need for continuous professional development among librarians and commitment to the ultimate growth of the library profession is given credence through the interviewee’s long-term participation in the activities of the international library fraternity both in Ghana and abroad. Originality/value: The paper is able to illustrate that academic librarians could achieve excellence in their career if they consciously abide by the standards of academic librarianship devised by many international and national library organisations.
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Owusu-Ansah, C. M. (2014). Lessons for librarians: Career of Ghana’s Dr Helena Asamoa-Hassan. Time Journals of Arts and Educational Research, 2(2), 47-52.