In a workshop conducted on 13 April in the capital, the Eritrean Libraries and Information Association called on the need of integrated efforts on the part of the Government institutions and stakeholders to reinforce efforts for expansion of public and community libraries.
Asmara, 14 April 2013- In a workshop conducted on 13 April in the capital, the Eritrean Libraries and Information Association called on the need of integrated efforts on the part of the Government institutions and stakeholders to reinforce efforts for expansion of public and community libraries.
The workshop was aimed at reinforcing the existing work relations between the public and community libraries.
Ms. Azieb Tewolde, Chairperson of Eritrean Libraries and Information Association, explained that public and community libraries play as catalysts as sources of knowledge; access of information, transfer of traditional cultures and customs as well as reference for timely information, and that in order to make effective use of them there needs increased understanding on the part of Government institutions and the public.
Mr. Efrem Mateawos, Director of Asmara Public Library, on his part indicated that from 2006 in continuation of its effective and timely services Asmara Public Library commenced providing Physical Library and Digital Library, as well as improved Internet service and expressed readiness to provide assistance for community libraries so that they provide similar services.
Likewise, Mr. Amanuel Tekeste, Director of Denden Library, pointed out that the Government is exerting relentless efforts aimed at nurturing developed and educated society in general and youths in particular and that the role of the community is paramount in providing assistance and information for the development and expansion of the libraries.
In a speech he delivered during the workshop, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, Administrator of the Central region, said that in the era of technology that we are in the role of libraries is significant and that a board of libraries would be formed in the near future in regional level that would oversee the expansion of public and community libraries.