does not support reading (Ojielo 2001). Others contend that poor development of libraries and paucity of reading materials and lack of adequate reading environment in Nigerians school system stifle the growthof reading culture. While it is evident that available statistics bemoan the poor state of school libraries it is also true that even where there are schoollibraries, trained staff (teacher librarians) would not be employed to managethe library. This is evident in an investigation conducted by Gojeh (2004).The report reveals that of the 106 secondary schools in Kaduna State, 25 of them have good school libraries but only six professional librarians wereemployed. This fell short of the minimum standard in staffing of schoollibraries as recommended by Federal Ministry of Education (1992) of atleast one professional librarian (teacher librarian) for every school library.To worsen the situation, all the Colleges of Education in Nigeria no longer run programmes in library science (JAMB 2007). Thus, the Colleges of Education that would have been fertile ground for the training of teacher -librarian, no longer offer such courses.This paper therefore, tends to underscore the pivotal roles of theteacher librarian in promotion of reading culture among the Nigerian Youths.
Who is a Teacher - Librarian?
Teacher librarian is used to describe the professional who has both thetraining of a teacher and a librarian (Dike 2004). He/she has the requisitetraining as both a librarian and a teacher. According to Dike, a teacher-librarian has large teaching roles to play as a school librarian. However, thisis far from being a classroom teacher. Dike identified the followingfunctions of a teacher librarian
Encouraging reading for pleasures