Librarians can effectively use their positions as information experts to effect desired changes in the Kenyan society, HELB Chief Executive Officer MR. Benjamin Cheboi has said.
Mr. Cheboi said the wide gap between the rich and the poor in the country was a direct result of lack of information among a vast majority of people, leading to people making wrong decisions or failing to take advantage of opportunities to better themselves.
He challenged the information handlers to come up with innovative ways of reaching out to the poor and the ignorant, saying this would promote inclusion in decision making and sharing of available resources.
The Board Secretary was delivering a keynote speech during the opening of a workshop for librarians at the Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST). Mr. Cheboi further challenged the librarians to go beyond the library and give Kenyans more information especially on such topics as the current constitutional review process and other matters that directly touched on their lives.
He said factual information on such matters devoid of political rhetoric would empower the common mwananchi to make informed choices, adding that people also needed to be informed about organizations such as HELB which have the potential to change their lives for the better.