The Ghana Book Publishers Association (GBPA) has called for renewed and deepened partnership with Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) to collectively address issues affecting the progress of both institutions.
The President of the association, Elliot Agyare, made the remark during a courtesy call on the acting Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Library Authority, Hayford Siaw.
Mr. Agyare said, “Ghana Library Authority had a critical role in the development of Ghana and though there are challenges, the Ghana Book Publishers Association is confident of a turnaround under the new leadership.”
“The Ghana Library Authority with its network of libraries and professionals, is the right organisation to lead the promotion of reading and the GBPA supports the declaration of 2019 as the Year of Reading,’’ Mr Agyare added.
He assured the Association’s readiness to support the GhLA in its planned activities.
On his part, Hayford Siaw, the Ghana Library Authority boss, said: “the GhLA is ready to collaborate with GBPA to increase local book collections in our libraries in Ghana.”
“To ensure systematic acquisition process, we have introduced an Acquisition and Distribution Unit which will work closely with all publishers to ensure, books conform to approved standards and qualifies to be on the shelves,” he added.
Mr. Siaw explained the GhLA is currently testing the automation system in the compilation of the Ghana National Bibliography.
He stated, “this provides a detailed list of all books and other published materials in Ghana. It will also inform acquisition decisions of all special, school and academic libraries in Ghana and provide business for GBPA members,” he stated.
The GhLA and GBPA agreed to work together on the annual Ghana International Book Fair and introduce the National Reading Conference to develop a vibrant ecosystem.