Dr. Margaret Ngwuchukwu - Chair

Former Financial Secretary. Senior Lecturer in Department of Library and Information Science, with specialization in library services for children and youth and for disadvantaged users; former Children’s Centre Librarian and coordinator of library science student practicals. Organizer of vacation programs; active in library outreach to schools and the prison. Ph.D on agency involvement in primary school library development in Southeast Nigeria, 1980-2010; MLS project on library services to prisoners and visually disabled users.  Email: margaret.ngwuchukwu@unn.edu.ng.

 

Dr. Grace Uchechi Onyebuchi - Vice-Chair

Secretary 2018-2022. Lecturer I in the Dept. of Library and Information Science with special interest in information literacy. Leader in the committee’s schools and prison library outreach; member of sub-committees on school libraries, website and social media; organizer of events and holiday programs, and literacy and creative writing workshops. PhD on entrepreneurship improvement through secondary school library-based comic writing programs; MLS project on developing a library periodcurriculum forteaching information literacy skills in primary schools. E-mail: grace.onyebuchi@unn.edu.ng.

Dr. Elizabeth Titilope Babarinde - Secretary

former Asst. Secretary/Financial Secretary. Lecturer II in Dept. of Library and Information Science; immediate past Librarian at Children’s Centre. Active in school and prison outreach and vacation programs; served in Children’s Centre during her National Youth Service in 2006. Ph.D on school library resources and secondary students’ acquisition of information literacy; Masters project on socio-economic factors affecting reading habits of junior secondary students. E-mail: elizabeth.babarinde@unn.edu.ng.

Dr. Victoria Nwamaka Okafor – Treasurer

Former Financial Secretary of UWA; Deputy University Librarian in charge of collection development; areas of interest are bibliometric studies, scholarly publishing, open access studies, information seeking and user studies; editor of Review of Information Science and Technology Journal. E-mail: victoria.okafor@unn.edu.ng.

Amaka Jidere – Asst. Secretary/Financial Secretary

Assistant Librarian in the University Library and Masters student in Library and Information Science. Participated actively in the 2022 Long Vacation Program, taking on cookery classes and keeping record of finances, a responsibility carried out so well that she was asked to continue serving in this capacity. E-mail: amaka.jidere@unn.edu.ng.

Helen Eke Okpala - Media Coordinator

Senior Librarian in university library, Head of the Web Presence Section; specialization in digital resources and services. Convener of sub-committee on website and social media; website administrator; creator and administrator of Children’s Centre Library Facebook page. NIA graduate and peer educator trainer on HIV and AIDS issues; involved in vacation programs (dance, singing, computer, virtual water summit). E-mail: helen.okpala@un.edu.ng.

Dr. Ngozi Osadebe - Member

Chair 2018-2022; Secretary 2002-2018. Deputy University Librarian in the University Library heading the special needs section. Organizer of children’s programs and literacy activities, including the noted “Cubs” Reading/Football  Club and literacy promotion in prisons. Supervised the Children’s Centre renovation of 2021. Ph.D degree on meeting the information needs of hearing-impaired students received award as the best in Nigerian library schools in 2016. Received University ofNigeria, Nsukka Excellence Performance Award, 2017. E-mail: ngozi.osadebe@unn.edu.ng.

Prof. Virginia (Jill) Dike – Member

Chair 2002-2018; past Secretary and Chair of Library Committee 1978-2002; Financial Secretary of UWA, 1976-79, Treasurer, 1993-97. University Professor (retired) in Library and Information Science, specializing in children’s services and school librarianship.  Initiator and coordinator of the library as a teaching laboratory for library and information science and base for outreach programs. Founding Mother of the Children’s Centre; honored as Matriarch of UWA Children’s Centre Library in 2022.   Received University of Nigeria distinguished service award in 2004 for contributions to Children’s Centre. E-mail: virginiadike@gmail.com.

Prof. Josephine Nkiru-Edna Alumanah - Member

Vice-Chair 2018-2022; honored as a Founding Mother of Children’s Centre at 25th Anniversary celebration in 2004. Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (Retired). Active in children’s programs, youth forum, and the motherless babies project; caroling coordinator. E-mail: joalumanah@yahoo.com.

Dr. Amaka Ejikeme – Member

Former President of the University Women’s Association (UWA) and Treasurer, Children’s Centre Committee. Principal Librarian in the University Library; Ph.D. degree in library and information science was an experimental study linking use of drama to information acquisition and attitude to social issues. Member of Children’s Day celebration and long vacation committees; active in schools outreach; organized book club for youth; caroling coordinator. E-mail: anthonia.ejikeme@unn.edu.ng.

Ify Evangel Obim – Member

Lecturer I and Ph.D student in Department of Library and Information Science. Active in reading and library promotion, online story hour, vacation programs, computer and social media, prison and schools outeach programs. E-mail: ify.obim@unn.edu.ng.

Judith Ezugwu – Member

Ph.D student of Department of Library and Information Science; active in school library outreach and children’s programs. Research interest is promoting information literacy competency of early childhood teachers in Enugu state, Nigeria. Email: jlezugwu@gmail.com

Evangeline Nwankwo – Member

Lecturer II and Ph.D student in Department of Library and Information Science. Participates in story and music hour with children; active in schools and community outreach. E-mail: evangeline.nwankwo@unn.edu.ng

Ezinne Njoku – Member

Senior Librarian in University Library and Ph.D student in library and information science.  Organizer of vacation programs, especially cookery; active in story hour and other library activities. Email: ezinne.njoku@unn.edu.ng

Beatrice Ewa – Member

Staff of the University Library, presently serving as ACCAI-UNN Principal Library Officer and studying for a Masters Degree (MLS) in Library and Information Science Department; caroling coordinator for Zone IV; active in story hour and children’s library activities.
E–mail: beatrice.ewa@unn.edu.ng.

Dr. Adizetu Ali – Member

Librarian I in University Library; holds a Ph.D from the Department of Library and Information Science; special interest is library and information science education. E-mail: adizetu.ali@unn.edu.ng.

Dr. Chioma Vivian Ngonadi – Member

Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Tourism; Ph.D candidate and Gates Scholar in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Universityof Cambridge, U.K. studying development of agricultural practices and environmental adaptation with focus on Lejja near Nsukka.  Active participant in 2022 Long Vacation Program. E-mail: chioma.ngonadi@unn.edu.ng.

Cecilia Attama – Member

Serves as Librarian of the Children’s Centre; active in maintaining the library and all Children’s Centre programs.

Prof. Chinwe Ezeani – Senior Member

University Librarian. Past coordinator of vacation programs, active in story hour and other library activities member of equipment development committee;. E-mail: chinwe.ezeani@unn.edu.ng.

Prof. Nancy Achebe – Senior Member

Professor and former Head of Department, Library and Information Science (2015-2019). In this capacity she provided new staff and other assistance to the Children’s Centre as teaching laboratory. She was honored as a Founding Mother for her contributions in the 1980s before moving to Enugu; returning to Nsukka, she rejoined the committee in 2016. E-mail: nancy-achebe@unn.edu.ng.

Prof. Grace Anyanwu – Retired Member

Member from the1980s; University Professor (retired) in home science and child and family studies with specialization in child development. Honored as a Founding Mother of Children’s Centre; served as committee Secretary; former Vice-President of UWA. Contributed as chair of playground developent committee; participant in Pscho-Educational Testing Services (specializing in reading development); prison library outreach; active in puppetry and other creative arts, cookery and youth forum.

Dr. Alice Okore – Retired Member

Retired Deputy University Librarian. Former Financial Secretary of UWA and Convener of Library Committee; active in school outreach and library activities.

Prof. Uche Agwagah – Retired Member

Member from the 1990s; President of the University Women’s Association from 1997-2001. Professor of Mathematics Education, retired from University of Nigeria, teaching at Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu. As President of UWA, she initiated programs with university students and prison outreach and participated actively in Children’s Centre programs. E-mail: uche.agwagah@unn.edu.ng.