Helen Okpala's Conference Paper Presentation

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I just saw this video after a long while of posting it as far back as 2010. I remember attending a conference at Awka under the auspices of the Nigerian Library Association,  and I also remember recieving two awards at the conference for two achievements for the year. These were presented to me by Governor Peter Obi at the Award Night held at the Governor's Lodge (see pictures that follow). 
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Myself and Gov. Peter Obi 
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The paper I presented was entitled: "An Empirical Study of the Impact of NLA Conference Attendance on Librarians' Professional Development". What informed my choice of the topic was how I saw the rate at which librairans attended conferences back then. It was like a yearly feast and people attended in their numbers, but one thing that struck my mind really, was that out of about 1000 attendees, only 8, 9 or 10 persons would present papers. I could not fathom it, and so I wanted to find out the impact of the annual conference on the professional development of the people. 
 It was indeed a great event for me and a greater part of my life as it was a platform of encouragement for me in my profession. I so much love the Nigerian Library Association basically for the fact that they encourage young ones to grow by way of awarding them prizes, especially when they deem you fit. We have lots of great personalities in the profession who have blazed the trail. I cannot mention all of them as this page would be full of Professors, Heads of Libraries, Directors, Ph.D holders, IT professionals and Chattered Librarians, etc. All I can say is THANK YOU to the Nigerian Library Association for giving me a sense of belonging.! Right now, I am the Public Relations officer of the Enugu State Chapter and putting in my best. 
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With one of the Commissioners

The Abstract: 
The paper examined and discussed the impact of Nigerian Library Association (NLA) conference attendance on the professional development of librarians in Nigeria. To capture the salient points relating to the study, data were collected using the tool of questionnaire. A total of 200 self-administered copies of questionnaire were shared among attendees of the 48th National Conference/AGM of the Nigerian Library Association held at International Conference Centre Abuja, from 18th – 23rd July 2010 conference. Research questions formed the basis of data analysis. Results were deduced by compiling percentages and frequencies; Means and standard deviation, where applicable. Findings: main reasons the respondents attend conferences is to learn about professional issues ( x=3.67), to brainstorm with colleagues ( x=3.23), to meet with elites in the profession ( =3.01), and to meet with colleagues in the profession ( x=2.71), as opposed to participating in elections ( x=2.03), attending group meetings (x =2.40), presenting professional papers (x =2.48), which received lower responses. The problems hindering librarians from attending NLA annual conference are: lack of sponsorship, lack of awareness, cost of participation, unacceptance of papers, and lack of interest. Strategies in ameliorating conference attendance hindrances include sponsorship by institutions/libraries/NLA, reduction of registration cost, and proper awareness of NLA conference. Practical implications: The paper establishes that conference attendance is a practical avenue for professional development of librarians, and they are urged to attend NLA annual conference in order to learn more about professional issues, to brainstorm with colleagues and elites in the profession, to learn new occurrences in the profession and to get updated on existing knowledge. Originality/value: The study brings to limelight, the benefits of attending NLA conference to Nigerian librarians and exposes librarians to avenues through which they can be sponsored at such conference.

To download the full paper, click                        here: http://repository.unn.edu.ng:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/1544
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