Dr. (Mrs) Chinwe Ezeani becomes UNN First Female University Librarian
An amazon Dr. (Mrs) Chinwe Nwogo Ezeani, a Chartered Librarian and former Deputy University Librarian in charge of Public Services, Research and Development division of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka has made history as the first female University Librarian of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka since the inception of the University. The Nnamdi Azikiwe Library is reputed to be the largest University Library in West Africa.
Dr. Ezeani started her professional career in 1991 at the British Council Enugu, as a Regional Assistant Librarian of the South Eastern Zone before joining the services of University of Nigeria, Nsukka from where she rose to the position of University Librarian. She has over 23 years of post-qualification cognate experience as well as over 45 published works in reputable local and international journals.
In addition, she has won some local and international grants such as African Academy of Science, Nairobi Kenya grant (1998) and Association of African Universities (2000). She is also a member of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) and a two time Vice Chairman of Nigeria Library Association Information Technology (NLAIT) Section as well as a current Council member of the NLA.
Furthermore, during the 2012/2013 academic session, Dr. Ezeani was offered a sabbatical leave as a Reader/Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa. Meanwhile, she is the Coordinator of The Use of Library and Study Skills (GSP111) for the Faculty of Arts UNN.
Commenting on how she was able to accomplish such a great feat, she said “Hard work is the rule of the game. As a woman you need to work twice as hard in a male dominated position. She continued, keep your eye on the ball and reach out to people for mentoring bearing in mind that people are looking up to you”.
According to her, “I am grateful to God for been able to clinch the position. I hope to make a change and do something different as the first female librarian and I believe that with God by my side, I will not disappoint people”.
As the new Librarian, Dr. (Mrs) Ezeani disclosed her vision and mission statements as thus: “As a centre of intense intellectual inquiry, the University of Nigeria, Library shares with the University the aspiration to be the most dynamic learning environment in the world. In this desired future, the Library should ensure that its collections remain forward-looking, diverse in breath and form, open to browsing and of world renowned quality. Through promotion, the University Library should make people aware of the resources available to them, and through innovation, make access to these resources easier.
She remarked that in order to achieve this mandate, the Library needs to collaborate with an expanding circle of partners which ultimately would yield unified access, broaden knowledge, and enhance services. The library as a dynamic institution must continue to embrace change and align itself to thrive on diversity, to support professional growth and opportunity and to reward flexibility and innovation”
Hence, her vision statement was “to identify, acquire, organize, preserve, provide and disseminate resources of enduring value that will support teaching, learning and research at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka”. Therefore, in order to achieve this dream of creating a super brand university library, her mission statement would border on some of these which are to assiduously develop an ICT driven world class academic research library system in support of functional teaching designed to restore the dignity of man; create visibility of the resources of the University Library through the digitization process; build collections and create tools to support research, teaching and learning among others.
Dr. (Mrs) Ezeani, a dynamic hard working, results-driven, decisive, proactive and resilient lady is married to Prof. Emmanuel O. Ezeani of the Department of Political Science and a member of the Governing Council, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The marriage is blessed with four children.