Covenant Librarian Tops at Inaugural African Library Week Challenge

Resource Officer, Covenant University Library, Mr. Michael Fagbohun

A Resource Officer at the Centre for Learning Resources (CLR), Covenant University, Mr Michael Fagbohun, has emerged tops overall in Nigeria and 2nd in Africa, at the inaugural African Librarians Week held from 24th-30th, May 2020.

In a competition to mark the Week, Mr Fagbohun, who participated in a virtual challenge, alongside 844 librarians from national, academic, individual, school, public and community libraries across Africa, was among the top 5 winners to emerge from the challenge. A total of 176,538 words bytes contribution, 34,081 words, and 333 references added, earned him the first position in Nigeria and second-best in Africa.

The weeklong event also attracted participants from Library and Information Science institutions in Africa, working at improving the narrative of Africa and African scholars in Wikipedia, with over three thousand articles edited and ten thousand references added.

Mr Fagbohun, Coordinator of the Covenant University Enactus Team, appreciated the Proprietor-base and Management of the institution for creating an enabling platform for him to actively participate in the African Library and Information Association (AfLIA) Scholar Challenge, where he gave a good representation of the University. He gave glory to God for a successful debut and hoped for improved performance in the subsequent edition.

The African Librarians Week is a new outreach initiative initiated by AfLIA in partnership with Wikimedia. It will engage library communities to help fill critical gaps in African content on Wikipedia by adding content and missing references to articles about Africa on the online encyclopedia.

Out of 844 librarians (contributors) who participated in the challenge, only the top 5 participants were recognized and will receive certificates, grants, and prizes during the 2021 AfLIA Conference in Accra, Ghana.

The theme of the inaugural African Librarians Week was ‘Promoting African Scholars to the World’. It coincided with the African Union Day (25 May 2020). The occasion helped to bring to the attention of participants the “One Librarian, One Reference” campaign across Africa.

African librarians were invited to update articles about Africans and African scholars in all disciplines with citations, references, and further readings. The campaign helps to ensure that Wikipedia’s global audience can continue to learn from Africa’s rich history, culture, and people on Wikipedia. It also helps to highlight the crucial role of librarians across the continent in providing access to such knowledge.

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