Man’s pursuit for information
has led to the development and accumulation of remarkable volume of
information. This search for knowledge recognizes no restrictions and limits
and is never satisfied. It has continued since the birth of evolution to the present
age. This hard-earned understanding and information is treasured for the whole
mankind and therefore responsible to be well-kept. Through the discovery of
paper man has been able to express this knowledge to others by writing books.
Thousands of manuscripts have been written by the wise men of the previous
times but many of them were ruined due to the lack of proper means of
preservation. With the discovery of printing press, it became at ease to
preserve the knowledge in the arrangement of printed documents. This steered to
the generation of a large amount of books. The need for the maintenance and
distribution of information led to the formation of more and more libraries.
Over the years, many
libraries have sustained learning efforts by providing teaching resources,
information and recommendation services. A additional active technique has been
taken by libraries proposing educational classes or one-to-one teaching
programs. Several libraries have outreach programs intended to meet the needs
of specific groups of people with limited educational skills.
An interchange is usually between two or more
associations involving a momentary exchange of resources, while an exchange
will comprise cooperation on a wider scale, to contain exchange of all kinds of
materials, exchange of information (for both staff and reader inquiries), user
access to participating libraries, sharing of bibliographic catalogs, union
lists, and other bibliographic utilities, and supportive training programs of
personnel of participating libraries.
Library cooperation states to a equally useful sharing of
resources recognized by two or more libraries, or, it may be an umbrella term
for a varied scale of collaboration procedures and instruments for libraries.
According to Agbo (2013), from time immemorial, both terms ‘knowledge
and information’, which are central to the topic of our seminar today have
remained the ‘stock in trade’ or better still, the ‘articles of trade’ in
libraries and librarianship. From its earliest, modest beginning, libraries
have, till today, been closely associated with and thus closely related to both
concepts. Hence, knowledge and information have remained the conscious ‘focus
of interest’ of libraries and librarianship thus giving rise to the term knowledge
society which has become a household term these days.
It’s an identified statement that