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University Librarian becomes Ogun State Library Board Member

The Librarian, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Dr Adebambo Oduwole, has been appointed into the membership of the Ogun State Library Board. He was appointed into the Board by the Visitor to the University and Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR.

The appointment was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi. According to the statement, a former Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Ogun State, Prof. Segun Awonusi, was named as the Board Chairman.

On Thursday, 25th August, 2022, Prince Abiodun inaugurated the new members of the Library Board at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta.

Dr. Oduwole was appointed the University Librarian on 1st August, 2018. Born on 26th July, 1969 in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, this distinguished scholar with several years of cognate experience became the first alumnus to be appointed as the University Librarian since the establishment of the University 40 years ago.  He attended St. Augustine Primary School, Ijebu-Ode between 1974 and 1980 and later proceeded to Adeola Odutola College for his Secondary Education.

Dr. Oduwole holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago-Iwoye in 1989 as well as Master’s Degree and Doctorate Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Ibadan in 1996 and 2006 respectively.

He has worked in a number of educational institutions with lots of experience in similar field. He has also served in various committees of the Senate and other high-level organs in the University system. As the University Librarian, his duties include the day-to-day running of the University Main Library and other branch libraries, staff supervision, training of library staff, training of faculty members on the use of databases and other e-resources as well as re-organization of the library space.

He is also responsible for planning, development, implementation and maintenance of the Library Website; library budget preparation and defense; preparation of library reports; staff evaluation/promotion as well as any other duties as may be assigned by the Vice-Chancellor. Dr Oduwole has served the University in various capacities. He is currently a member of the University Management Committee; Senate; Faculty Board of Studies and Appointment and Promotion Committee (Junior Staff).

He is also a member of the University Appointment and Promotion Committee (Senior Staff Admin and Tech.); Appointment and Promotion Committee (Academic Staff); Library Committee; University Ventures Limited and CCED Board. Dr Oduwole is the Chairman of, Library Appraisal Committee; Chairman of, Land Space Utilisation and Allocation Committee; Chairman, OOU Primary School Board; Chairman, OOU Branding Committee and Chairman of, COVID-19 Prevention Committee. He is also the Desk Officer, Library TETFund Projects.

As an erudite scholar, he has attended many Professional Training Courses both within and outside Nigeria. The Librarian has a Diploma in Computer Studies in 1998 and worked for a brief period at Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, the United Kingdom in 2005 and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign from September to November 2006 and also possesses a Proficiency Certificate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Dr. Oduwole is well published in reputable National and Offshore Journals with over 40 publications to his credit. He won the Belgian Government Fellowship in 2003, Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, in 2005 and Mortenson’s Fellow, the USA in 2006. The renowned Librarian also won the 2006 Emerald/EFMD award for Outstanding Doctoral Research in the category of Library Studies and was declared the Best Student in Cataloguing & Classification, as well as in Scientific Sources and Information at the Masters Level.

Oduwole is a member of some professional bodies which include the Nigerian Library Association (NLA);  Information and Communication Technology Section, NLA; American Library Association (ALA); and Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

He is happily married and blessed with children.

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