2014 Library Resolutions: David N. Ofili

Black and White TVDavid N. Ofili from Benin City, Nigeria

1. What is one new thing you want to start doing in 2014? 

I want to read my mails as soon as I receive them, or a short period after, in very busy cases.

2. What is one thing you want to try doing differently in 2014?

I want to approach my Professional Development Plan differently, by making it my calendar for the year. I’d love to consult my written PDP often for the next course of action, instead of choosing what to do next randomly.

3. What is one thing you want to stop doing in 2014?

I want to stop cheating myself. Over the years, I have dedicated the most of my time to official tasks, as I have always craved for the best for my organization. This commitment to organizational excellence has eaten deep into my personal life and it has caused me pains of various degrees at different points. 2014 is the time to strike a balance between personal life and official life. However, that does not stop my craving for organizational excellence – JUST A BALANCE 🙂

The television in the photo is a child of circumstance. In the course of weeding obsolete materials from the library to create space for other purposes, the TV fell into the hands of people oblivious of its significance, and in a twinkling of an eye, it was heading for the garbage. Luckily for it, the University Librarian walked into the zealous cleaners and asked if they knew what they were carrying, but no one had an idea as they thought it was just a worthless old box. She slid both “doors” of the supposed worthless old box open and they were surprised to see a large TV screen. It was funny to see a TV covered in fine box-like furniture and standing on some sort of legs. She explained that many young adults today were not born when that kind of TV was in vogue, and it would be nice to retain it in the library so people could see what TVs were like in the 1970s. Afterwards, that TV didn’t go back to the dungeon where it lay for about 40 years, but was kept somewhere between the circulation desk and the OPAC systems. Lo and behold, it attracted so many eyes from that moment, with a crowd of people taking pictures, and it became the most famous and most celebrated library resource that whole week.

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