Paschal Njoku, Abuja
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad has tasked judiciary librarians and other stakeholders on the need to embrace digital technology.
Justice Muhammad said this has become imperative as part of effort to reposition the nation’s judicial libraries to enhance information gathering and dissemination.
The CJN stated this in his address at the opening ceremony of the biennial national workshop for judiciary librarians held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, Tuesday.
Justice Muhammad posited that with the emergence of information and communication technology and the attendant changes in various Courts, participants must be equipped with necessary skills in line with global best practices.
The theme of the workshop was; “Digitalization of Court Libraries in the 21st Century”.
“Today, we are in the midst of a tremendous shift in the way people consume literature and other content therefore, library must continue to play a central role of providing open and free access to information and dissemination of ideas.
“As we are all aware, the judicial librarians are entrusted with many responsibilities among which is being the custodian of law books which are preserved in paper and non-paper format, the CJN said.
He commended the administrator and the instiitute for consistently discharging its statutory responsibility by training and retraining judicial officers and staff.
In his welcome address, the NJI Administrator, Justice Salisu Garba Abdulahi reiterated the importance of librarians in the administration of justice and urged them to embrace information technology and digitalization.
“You are charged with the onerous task of day to day running of the court libraries.
“In order not to be left behind, you must continuously seek knowledge pertaining to technological innovations for library science and also imbibe ICT knowledge and skills” the administrator said.
Justice Salisu Garba Abdulahi said that in accommodating the role of court librarians, the participants must be up and doing, pay regular attention to books, court records, and judgments which are archived in the court libraries. END.