The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Abel Idowu Olayinka, on Thursday, 31st January, 2019 officially commissioned the Kenneth Dike Library (KDL) Chat Room at the Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan.
In his speech at the event, Professor Olayinka appreciated the effort of the University Librarian and the Management of Kenneth Dike Library for the initiative to provide a room for relaxation in the library.
He said that the room, which has the capacity to accommodate thirty-eight (38) readers was renovated with modern facilities to fit into today’s necessity.
He indicated that things have really changed and so UI is uniquely contributing to learning, which KDL has proved by renovating an existing room in the library to a “Chat Room” to create rooms for socialization among readers.
The Vice-Chancellor, while visiting other parts of the library observed that the “Binding Room” is functioning well and can therefore accommodate the binding of all PhD theses in a session, which he said is likely to commence production from the 2018/2019 academic session.
Earlier in her comments, the University Librarian, Dr. Helen Komolafe-Opadeji hinted that the need for the “Chat Room” was borne out of the quest to produce a conducive environment for socialization, relaxation and collaboration with other readers, which the main library that is meant for serious academic purpose cannot fulfil.
She said University of Ibadan Kenneth Dike Library Chat Room is the first in Nigerian Universities. This, in a way will complement the 24-hours library service commissioned in the same library in the year 2018, to promote the reading culture in our society.
Others at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof Kayode Adebowale; Dean of Students, Prof. A.T.P. Ajuwape; Director, Special Duties, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof M. Oyewola; Deans of Faculties; Directors and members of staff.
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