[News Update] Training on Change & Management Issues of Current Trends of Library Service Provision Has Been Conducted @ HU *Organizer_ Hawassa University College of Agriculture*

Notes from 21st Century IRD NETWORK

Hawassa University vision is to be one of the top ten Research Universities in East Africa by 2031


As a whole, the Role of Academic Libraries in Research Universities is as significant as the role of libraries in other academic areas. The role of the library in research is pivotal, libraries have in-depth resources in the form of books, journals, magazines, articles, and bibliographies. Libraries offer space for students to learn and provide an excellent environment for research. Libraries have staff that can help students in locating the information that a researcher might need.

In addition to this, most academic libraries today have systematic digitized information. Unless they provide digital access to books etc. they cannot maintain their importance in the current information age. In recent research, it was reported that electronic and digital services are the most important service that a library can provide to its students.

Currently, to provide research-related support and services to students to be more effective Hawassa University & the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) are in the process to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which enables them to work in collaboration to strengthen 21st Century Digital Resources Management and Open Research Resources Access throughout the 8 campuses of Hawassa University.

Why Library Staff Training is strategically important?

Why bother?

What’s the point of staff training and development?

For an organization to be effective and able to deliver its intended outcomes, its workforce needs to be skilled, competent and confident. In addition, the nature of libraries, across all sectors, means that they are subject to continual change, especially in today’s digital information environment.

Similarly, the political and economic environments in which libraries operate mean that we need to be flexible, agile and continually evolving….Read More



HU College of Agriculture

21st Century Information Retrieval & Dissemination Network would like to extend its thanks to HU College of Agriculture Management which is led by Tarkegn Yosef Samago (PhD) for his attention, goodwill, and positive attitude towards the college library staff.

It is due to the College Management goodwill HU College of Agriculture library staff are always on the track of on-the-job Awareness Training in the area of library work environment in order to update themselves to perform their duty efficiently & effectively.

I hope the other Colleges within & outside HU Main Campus will follow the footprint of HU College of Agriculture pertinent to library staff training so as to update & equip their library staff with modern trends and skills of library service provision.

Best Regards,

Mulugeta W/Tsadik

  • Objectives & an Events of the Training

Mrs Aselefech Asmare , Librarian from Main Campus while conducting the training at HU College of Agriculture
Partial view of participants of the training

Objective of the Training

By Mr Aser Milkyas, Librarian @ HU College of Agriculture

HU College of Agriculture Library is one of the library among HU libraries system which provides Library & Information Services to Students, Academic staff & Researchers , it has nearly a total number of 60 library staff composed of 95% females and 5% males. HU College of Agriculture has been enforced to arrange the training due to many challenges which faces the library service operation, as whole this training is a good opportunity and a way out to solve the problems that encounter our library working environment.

Here are some of the objectives of the training:

To introduce Basics of Library & Information Service to the new library staff (which have no exposure and background of library science profession) those are assigned to the library from other sections of the University through internal promotion.

To introduce the trainee library terminologies ; rules and regulations of the library operation.

To discuss general affairs happened on daily , weekly, monthly…etc basis of the library working environment and to create common understanding among library staff.

To introduce an international perspective of Librarians Professional Code of Ethics and current trends of 21st Century Library Service provision to the trainees (library staff) so that they improve professional self-awareness.

To keep update the library staff to handle the problems and conflict rise in the work place by themselves.

To create belonging and high up the library staff morale.

To create open platform within the library staff and conducive working environment within a library.

For this training HU College of Agriculture invited an experienced senior library professionals Mrs Aselefech Asmare and Mr Mulugeta W/Tsadik from the HU Main Campus to conduct the training.

Hoping the training will create lasting impact on the trainees in order to provide efficient and effective customers service in the line of 21st century modern trends library service demands.


Mr Aser Milkyas

Contact Addresses:

Mr Aser Milkyas,

Librarian @ Hawassa University College of Agriculture 

Email :  efrata.asher@yahoo.com

Mobile Phone:

+251 0916127885 

P.O.Box 05

Hawassa University, Ethiopia  


[Front view of New Library Building] Hawassa University College of Agriculture Library & Information Service
[Memorial Photograph of the trainees with Mr Aser Milkyas] in front of old library building of HU College of Agriculture Library

Mulugeta W/Tsadik

Librarian@Hawassa University, Ethiopia


Mr Mulugeta W/Tsadik (Librarian) is always available for International Partnerships, collaborations and Networking worldwide. If you want to chat about , physical books , e-Resources, library & information affairs, Open Access Resources Advocacy or anything else, don’t hesitate in reaching out via the aforementioned email addresses & the below online social media platforms:


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Author: Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional at Hawassa University, Ethiopia [21st Century LIS Network: Information_Knowledge Retrieval & Dissemination Platform]

Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional @ Hawassa University, , Sidama Region, Ethiopia

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