Harare: Wednesday, 11 2012.
The American Resource Center (ARC) joined the rest of the world to observe the National Library Week on April 11, 2012. The ARC staff offered training on the elibraryUSA database and several presentations honoring the contributions of librarians in the 21st century. The event was attended by 42 participants, where the ARC provided the public an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the facilities and services including podcasting and kindle project. The focus of the discussion was to highlight the contributions of the librarians in the 21st century to society. One of the presenters, Harare Polytechnic faculty staff member, Collence Chisita, noted that libraries continue to transform lives which mean librarians should adopt and adapt new and emerging technologies as well as experimenting with innovative and transformational ideas to provide services that empower patrons.
The event provided a great opportunity for presenters to outline the significant contributions of librarians in society amid serious competition emerging from alternative sources of information and social media. The event was tailored to encourage librarians to adopt technological innovation to increase their impact in communities they serve. In this Information Age, librarians play a critical role in moving forward to a knowledge-based economy model which requires extensive use of Information Technology in promoting democracy, equality, and development.