Every year, the Nigerian Library Association (NLA)’s National Conference/Annual General Meeting is held in July. With a unique blend of professionalism, fun, culture and learning, every July has become a festival of sort for librarians in the country.

For the NLA ’18, all roads are now cleared to Abeokuta, Ogun State. With the release of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) as the Conference venue by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, every library and information professional in the country really needs to come see what the Gateway State has to offer.

Without a mince of words, Gateway 2018 is something you have to mark your calendar for from now. From my knowledge of the Ogun State people, the appellate “cradle of civilization” that they brand the city of Abeokuta with is something they always work to uphold in all endeavours.

Basic Info on Gateway 2018
The 2018 National Conference/AGM has been scheduled to hold from 23rd to 26th July, 2018 at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Library as a Change Agent in Nigeria.”

Why should you be at the NLA ’18 Abeokuta?
Aside the fact that attending professional conferences, workshops and seminars is a sure route to rise in one’s career, expectations from Gateway 2018 are just too much for you to miss if you consider yourself a member of the Library and Information community in Nigeria. From the beauty and serenity of the OOPL, to the unending learning opportunities and fun slated for the Conference, the NLA 2018 National Conference/AGM is a promise of professional refreshment and engagement.

How will you benefit from Conference attendance?
By attending a professional conference like the Gateway 2018, you have the opportunity to network, learn and have fun. By establishing new relationships, meeting leaders in the field and getting your contacts updated, the benefits from attending seems to be innumerable.

Conferences allow you to learn about new tools, technologies, trends and standards, get information on vacancies, fellowship and opportunities, interact and engage in professional conversation that can uplift you and your organization. Conferences get you updated, refocused, re-energised and increase your professional value. More importantly, conferences afford you the opportunity to have fun over lunch and tours, and also “sharpen your saw” for better performance at work.

What is OOPL?
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library is owned by the former president Olusegun Obasanjo. It offers a stunning environment that comprises a presidential Library, a 4-star Guest House Resort, cinema, museum, swimming pool, gymnasium, amusement park, worship centres, a Wild Life park and other tourists’ attractions.

Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

The OOPL is presently one of Ogun State’s most spectacular location for any important event. The highest point at the OOPL Complex is called the ‘Rock of Inspiration.’ From this point, you can catch an awesome bird-eye view of the city of Abeokuta. The Library building itself was designed like an outstretched arm to welcome visitors. With its penthouse and fascinating environment, you’ll surely be proud to be a library and information professional while at OOPL.

Conference Registration
The early bird registration for the NLA’s Gateway 2018 starts next week. Keep your browser locked at the NLA website, www.nla.ng for constant update.  You can also join the conversation about the conference on Twitter via #NLAGateway2018 and by following @NLALibrary on Twitter and the NLA Facebook page. Regular updates will also be provide on this blog as the Gateway 2018 approaches.

As the clock ticks towards Abeokuta in July, I say to you ‘ekaabo si ilu Egba’ (welcome to the city of Abeokuta).

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