The Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) has declared 2020 a Year of Learning as it coincides with its 70th anniversary.
This year marks 70 years of the establishment of the GhLA in 1949.
At a press conference in Accra last Monday, the Executive Director of the GhLA, Dr Hayford Siaw, said the authority was going to increase the use of technology in service delivery by setting up libraries on Integrated Library Management System (ILMS), increase the reach of mobile ICT libraries, provide laptops for regional and branch libraries, upgrade mobile applications, roll out mobile applications for senior high schools (SHSs), among others.
He said the authority would also improve the content of materials in the various libraries across the country, saying that it would involve increasing the stock of public and SHS library books by 20 per cent and developing a youth magazine in print and electronic and a digital library book stock.
He said it would also increase the reach of library services by inaugurating new libraries and introducing additional mobile library vehicles, such as tricycles, in remote areas.
According to him, the GhLA would further assess all collapsed public libraries across the country to find ways of revamping them.
He said last year’s Year of Reading initiative was successful, since it promoted reading among the people.
Dr Siaw said between 2018 and 2019, there was a 107.90 per cent increase in library membership in the country, adding that during that period, there was also a 48.10 per cent increase in library visits.
A total of 255,887 books were added to library stock, out of which 113,452 were from the government, 129,106 from Book Aid International and 23,329 from other donors, he said.
“These figures show that the Year of Reading initiative has been very effective throughout the year and if we apply that effort to promote the Year of Learning, the figures may double,” Dr Siaw added.