On August 7, the AUN Library organized a send-forth dinner for 15 interns who completed their six-month industrial training here at AUN.
The University Librarian, Dr. Carlos Wong-Martinez, at the dinner held at Jabbama Restaurant of AUN Hotel, said he finds the concept of such an internship scheme a unique learning opportunity for young people. He said it is a great initiative, quite absent in the other countries where he has worked.
Confident that the experience has been rewarding, Dr. Wong-Martinez told the interns to share what they have learned with their families, classmates, coworkers, and the community at large.
The interns are enrolled in Library & Information Science programs at Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) and the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID). Each of them had an opportunity to work at the three units of the Department of Digital Services (DDS): Information Literacy, Reference & Information Services, and Research & Cataloguing.
The final-year students shared their experience during the internship. They said it has been a great learning opportunity. For many of them, there could not have been a better place to intern, considering that the AUN Library has won many national and international awards.
Mohammed Bello said he started the program thinking like an analog person, but he was leaving with a digital mindset.
Lenza Pithon Power said she admired the way staff members operate as a team, and that the opportunity to be part of such a team is an experience she will always treasure.
Umar Yakubu said the opportunity to participate in a community service once a week was in itself a very enriching experience. He was asked to assist the Karatu Library Foundation (KLF), situated in the University’s host community, in cataloguing tasks.
A certificate that attests to the completion of the six-month internship was presented to all the outgoing interns. Each also received an AUN gift item as a memento of their time with us.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa