Librarians have been challenged to embrace new information technologies if their trade is to survive, as the era of librarians sitting behind a desk and issuing books to patrons is long gone.

With the advent of new information technologies, some libraries that had piles of books are slowly turning into white elephants with a call being made for librarians to either swim through embracing these technologies or simply sink.

Through the internet, a mere click of a button will provide all the required information from varied sources as compared to the need to travel to a centre with limited books.

Some librarians who spoke to the ZBC News on the sidelines of a Zimbabwe Librarians Association (ZIMLA) 53rd Conference in Bulawayo were of the opinion that while libraries were crucial at every stage of education, there was a greater need to appreciate latest technologies.

With the country pursuing the education 5.0 curriculum, librarians have been challenged to ensure that they are part of the process of innovation and industrialisation that it seeks to achieve.

ZIMLA President Mr Shadreck Ndide revealed that the process of shifting from the traditional approaches to the demands of the modern society by the librarians’ sector was on-going.

The conference that ran under the theme: “Re-inventing the Library: Opportunities for the 21st Century Information Environment”, saw participants being drawn from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria.