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- ItemDIGITAL LIBRARY: OPPURTUNITIES AND ISSUES(2021)Information Communication Technology has changed the way Libraries operate today. This has led most of the libraries to move from the old way of providing services to users to the modern method due to Information Communication Technology which gave birth to digital services. The aim of this article was to explore digital library for the effective dissemination of information through digital services. The need to reconfigure the library for an effective digital library was also explored. It highlights the concept of a digital library by studying the basic requirements and equipment needed to restore the library for effective digital services. The article examines some of the opportunities and issues associated with creating a digital library, such as: Better accessibility, faster information retrieval, copyright / license, and power outages, to name a few. It concludes that library, which relies heavily on print resources, should rethink and incorporate digital services to effectively serve its remote users and also figure out how to maintain digital services so that library services are effective. Some recommendations were made which included that digital libraries should try to persuade and obtain a copyright license from publishers / authors. This would help them provide a better service to their users. Digital library should continue to improve users' digital services by ensuring that users can access resources anytime, anywhere, and any day, It will help them change their way of thinking to take advantage of the latest digital technologies / services.
- ItemDILEMMA OF REPOSITIONING LIBRARY SERVICES FOR QUALITY EDUCATION, ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES(2014-08)Library services promote diversity and the only arena where wishes and needs of information resources are catered for. The objectives of the paper aimed at identifying dilemmas that preclude libraries from providing effective services. Survey research method is employed to extract information from 330 library patrons selected at random. The instrument for data collection centred on the factors capable of contributing to quality education and access to information Descriptive statistics and a decision rule were relied upon for analysis. The results revealed that major dilemma affecting repositioning of library services was inadequate funding (89%) of libraries, whereas means scores rates significant include access, retrieval and use of information resources (2.71) and slow response by university management to library plight, consequently affecting library as its vital organ (2.50). It recommends a functional feedback mechanism to collate identified dilemmas to proactively engage stakeholders to achieve the goals and objectives of the library.
- ItemSCHOOL LIBRARIANSHIP AND ITS PLACE IN NIGERIAN EDUCATION: THE CASE OF ZARIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATION AUTHORITY, KADUNA STATE(2014-09)This paper titled School Librarianship and its place in Nigerian Education is a research pape on the availability of school libraries in Zaria Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) As one of the education services to be offered in schools, the National Policy on Education particular about the provision of libraries in schools and the training of librarians and library assistants for effective services. Four objectives were set to find out the availability of libraries, to identify qualification of staff to find out the types of resources and how functional the libraries are. Survey research method was used to describe the state of school libraries in Zaria. The population was made up of all the 116 schools in six (6) districts of Zaria Local Government Education Area. The whole population was used for the study. Instrument for data collection was questionnaire, interview and document assessment. Descriptive statistics and a decision rule were relied upon for analysis. The results revealed that most schools don 7 have libraries as only 27 (23.3%) have libraries and only two (2) staff have professional qualification. Only one (1) library has a significant level (2.50) of functionality. It was recommended that provision of school libraries should be made mandatory for primary schools, and professional staff should be provided to render service, that this can be achieved through sending teachers for training in the area of librarianship. Learning resources that prepare the ground for lifelong education should be made available to primary school pupils.
- ItemCLOUD COMPUTING PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES FOR NIGERIAN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES(2013-06)There is a rapid growth in the development and use of Information Technology in Nigeria resulting to digital savvy library patrons, who expect that library resources and services to be automated so that they can enjoy the library services remotely. With poor Information Technology infrastructure, servers, storage application, inadequate IT skilled librarians and cost, library automation has been a challenge for many academic libraries. Cloud computing offers the opportunities to provide library patrons with library and information services hereto would have been impossible This paper examine the prospect of cloud computing particularly Software as a Service (SaaS) a nomenclature of cloud computing and challenges in its adoption for the management of Library resources. The paper concludes that adoption of cloud computing for library • automation is will no doubt make library automation cheaper and more affordable to many academic libraries, hence the recommendation for its adoption.