OKORIE, Kalu Chima

librarian, administrator, born February 25, 1923, Umuhu Ezechi, Bende, Imo State; married Emma Onyeakagbulem Eluwa 1956, three sons, two daughters; Education: Methodist Central School, Umuhu Ezechi, 1928-30, Methodist Central School, Igumale, 1931-33, Methodist College, Uzuakoli, 1934-41, Higher College, Yaba/ Achimota College, Accra, Ghana, 1942-44, School of Librarianship, College of Further Education, Loughborough, England, 1949-50, School of Librarianship, North-West Polytechnic, London, 1950-51, Institute of Education, University of London, 1951-52; CAREER: Senior Library Assistant, British Council, 1946-49; Librarian, Lagos Municipal Library, 1952-55; Delegate, UNESCO, Seminar on Development of Public Libraries in Africa, Ibadan, 1953; Librarian, Ministry of Welfare, Enugu, 1955-56; Regional Librarian/Secretary, Eastern Nigeria Library Board, 1957-60; Director of Library Services/Secretary, ENLB, 1960-70; Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Librarianship, University of Ibadan, 1960-70; Deputy Director, UNESCO Regional Seminar, Enugu, 1962; External Examiner, Institute of Librarianship, UI, 1963-66,-Visiting Lecturer, Department of Library Studies, UI, 1970-75 and associate Lecturer/Internal Examiner, 1975-80; member, Provincial Council, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, 1966-70; Delegate/Rapporteur, UNESCO Seminar in Kampala, Uganda, 1970; Director of Library Services/ Secretary, East Central State Library Board, 1970-76; Leader, Federal Government Cultural Visitation in Librarianship to the USSR (Moscow, Leningrad. Samarkand, Tashkent and Alma-Ata), 1975; UNESCO Consultant on Public Libraries, Sierra-Leone, 1976; Director of Library Services, Imo State Library Board, Owerri, 1976-78; External Examiner (MLS Programme in Public Libraries), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1976-79; member, National Library of Nigeria, 1979-82; Personal Assistant to General Manager/Public Relations Manager, Golden Guinea Breweries Limited, 1979-85; External Examiner, Department of Information Science, College of Technology, Owerri, since 1980; retired voluntarily from the Public Service of Anambra/Imo States, June 1, 1978; member, British Library Association, 1948-78; associate of the British Library Association, 1951 and its fellow, 1953; Secretary and Treasurer, West African Library Association, 1955-61, and its President, 1961-62; President, Nigerian Library Association, 1962-63 and its Councillor 1962-74; member, Canadian/American Library Association, 1962-75; Affiliate member. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, 1979; President, Rotary Club of Umuahia, Rotary International District 912, 1984-85; District Governor's Group Representative, Rotary International District 914, 1986-88; National Honour: conferred with Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), 1964; Foreign Honour: member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), 1961; Publications: numerous articles in professional journals and books; Hobbies: reading, current affairs, music, dancing, gardening, art collection, table tennis, yoga, farming; Official Address: Book media Services Limited, PMB 1177, Umuahia; Home: Obu Onyekachi, Umuhu Ezechi Ebulu, 25, Ojike Street, PO Box 401, Umuahia, Imo State.
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