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Nigerian Virtual Library

Nigerian Virtual Library

Feasibility Study Project Proposal Nigerian Virtual Library for Universities and other Institutions of Higher Education.

The purpose of a Virtual Library (VL) is to underpin learning and acquisition of knowledge, to provide a more solid basis for education and to enhance quality of life by drawing on digitally available (preferably on-line) books, materials and journals via ICT-based tools. A VL provides remote (on-line or CD-ROM-based) access to a variety of national and international content (e.g. curricula, learning materials, books, journals, magazines, newspapers), services traditionally offered by libraries and other information sources. VLs thus combine on-site collections of materials in electronic format with an electronic network which ensures access to and delivery of those materials.

ArticlesExpert Meeting “Digital Libraries In Education”
The expert meeting Digital Libraries in Education (DLE) was organized by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) in Dubna (Moscow region, Russian Federation) and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) on 15 October 2002 in cooperation with the Russian Conference on Digital Libraries (RCDL’2002), JINR and Institute of Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The expert meeting was held as a round table in the course of RCDL’2002.
ArticlesNew Developments and Challenges in the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRS): A Nigerian Perspective
Paper presented at the International Conference on Intellectual Property, The Internet, Electronic Commerce and Traditional Knowledge, Sofia, Bulgaria May 29 - 31, 2001
Inside the NUC Virtual Library Building (II)
Another sneek-peek of what the internal environment of the NVLP will house.
Inside the NUC Virtual Library building
Here is a sneek-peek of what's in store for the very near future...
Site for the NUC Virtual Library Project
Beside NUC's Headquarters in Abuja, the site for the NVLP project has been constructed and will open by the end of 2002
Future users of the VL? (II)
Another picture of the Computer Training Lab for pupils of the HAKDA International School, Kaduna
Yabatech Computer Room
Sometimes it's not for lack of equipment, but lack of telephonie infrastructure... Students hard at work in one of the many computer labs Yaba Polytechnic has to offer.
Future users of the VL?
Picture of the Computer Training Lab for pupils of the HAKDA International School, Kaduna
Mission Wrap-up
L to R: FW (Russ) Russell, UNESCO-Paris (BSP); Mr Hubert Charles, Director and Representative to Nigeria , UNESCO-Abuja; Hezekiel Dlamini, UNESCO-Nairobi; Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, Presidency
Meeting at the NUC
L to R: Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, Presidency; FW (Russ) Russell, UNESCO-Paris (BSP); Prof. Peter Okebukola, Executive-Secretary, NUC; Hezekiel Dlamini, UNESCO-Nairobi; Akinbode Agbaoye, Deputy Director (OOMRE), NUC
L to R: Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, Presidency; FW (Russ) Russell, UNESCO-Paris (BSP); Mrs M.Y. Katagum, Secretary-General, UNESCO National Commission; Mrs N.V. Atuanya, Senior Secretary (CI), UNESCO National Commission; Hezekiel Dlamini, UNESCO-Nairobi
DocumentsMinutes of the Meeting of the the UNESCO HQ Committee on the Nigerian Virtual Library Feasibility Study held on 11 September 2002 BSP/FWR
[Minutes] Three agendi items:
1. New information since last meeting;
2. Practical Measures to implement the project; and,
3. Nigerian Virtual Library site in portal   application/msword
DocumentsGuidelines for Digitization Projects: for collections and holdings in the public domain, particularly those held in libraries and archives UNESCO, IFLA, ICA
[Draft Guidelines] These Guidelines have been produced by a working group representing IFLA and the ICA that was commissioned by UNESCO to establish guidelines for digitization programmes for collections and holdings in the public domain. The contract specified that the guidelines should so far as possible be particularly applicable to institutions in countries of the developing world. Members of the group were nominated by IFLA and ICA and their activities were coordinated by Sjoerd Koopman, Coordinator of Professional Activities for IFLA.  
Documents"An Integrated ICT-Support for ODL in Nigeria: The Vision, the Mission and the Journey so Far" Olugbemiro Jegede
[Position Paper] Position Paper   application/pdf
DocumentsNigeria Multipurpose Community Telecentre Programme Mike Jensen
[Pilot Project Document] Project document drafted following mission to Nigeria in December 2001.   application/zip
DocumentsNational ICT Networks: The Nigerian Field Aminu Ibrahim
[Report] A country presentation for the Foundation Partnership for Higher Education in Africa’s Conference and Workshop on “Effective Use of ICT to Create a New Environment for Learning, Teaching, and Research”, held at the UN International Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, July 29- August 1, 2002   application/msword
DocumentsFeasibility Study on the Development of a Virtual Library by Institutions of Higher Education in Nigeria
[Feasibility Study] The report considered various issues, contexts and relevant options, related to Content; Infrastructure and Delivery Methods; Legal, Copyright and Payment issues; Administration and Management; Human Resources Management; Funding and Sustainability; Implementation Strategies and Budget.  
DocumentsImplementation Status Report - Nigerian Virtual Library for Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education F.W. Russell
[Report] Report on the advancement of work, prepared for the Review Meeting held at UNESCO Headquarters on 5 March 2003.  
DocumentsMission Report (4-16 November 2002) with the purpose of Launching the Feasibility Study for the Development of a Virtual Library for Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning in Nigeria FW (Russ) Russell, BSP/DIR & Hezekiel Dlamini, UNESCO-Nairobi, CI
Within the framework of the Special Task Force for Nigeria, the Director-General of UNESCO and the President of the Republic of Nigeria in the first half of 2002 approved this Japan FIT extrabudgetary project. The purpose of the Feasibility study is to assess what elements are needed and what steps will have to be deployed in order to develop a Virtual Library for Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning in Nigeria through funds provided by the Government and other donors. It shall serve as an action-oriented policy and project development tool for the implementation of such a project in Nigeria. To date, several intersectoral (CI, ED, Field Office and Central Services) meetings have been held at HQ to lay the groundwork for the Study. Equally, several meetings have taken place between differing HQ staff and Nigerian officials relative to this project.

At a meeting convened by DIR/BSP on 11 September 2002, it was decided that a UNESCO team would formally launch the FS. Dates for this mission were set for early November. Also, it was decided that a member from BSP, CI and ED would form the UNECO team and liase with UNESCO-Abuja and the Nigerian NatCom for UNESCO. Unfortunately, ED consultant was unavailable for the present mission. The mission included visits to Abuja, Zaria, Kaduna and Lagos.

Objectives for the mission:   application/msword
DocumentsFeasibility Study Project Proposal Nigerian Virtual Library for Universities and other Institutions of Higher Education UNESCO, BSP
[Approved Project Document] Project Document for the Feasibility Study as approved by the Director-General of UNESCO and the Government of Japan (Donor)  
DocumentsNigerian National Policy for Information Technology (IT) Nigerian National Information Technology Development Agency
[Policy Paper] Information Technology (IT) is the bedrock for national survival and development in a rapidly changing global environment, and challenges us to devise bold and courageous initiatives to address a host of vital socio-economic issues such as reliable infrastructure, skilled human resources, open government and other essential issues of capacity building. --- A developing nation like Nigeria, that aspires to participate effectively and become a key player in the emerging Information Age needs to have in place,   application/pdf
DocumentsScience, Technology and ICT in Nigeria Professor G.O. Ajayi
DocumentsNigerian-American Information Initiative (NAII) Donald Bishop, Counselor of Embassy for Public Affairs American Embassy, Abuja
[Power Point Presentation]   application/powerpoint
DocumentsThe Nigerian Universities Network (NUNet) in Brief Aminu Ibrahim
[Summary Report] There are 53 university-institutions in Nigeria, owned variously by the Federal and State Governments, and the private sector (7);

There are more than 250 higher education (HE) and research institutions, including Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, and research institutions and allied agencies.   application/msword
DocumentsStatus of ICT in the Nigerian Education Sector Aminu Ibrahim
[Report] Information and Communication Technologies, properly defined, refer not so much to pieces of equipment, as the way they are put together, functionally deployed and utilized to further simplify access to, exchange and share relevant information resources.   application/msword
DocumentsMinutes of the intersectoral meeting held on 21 March 2002 UNESCO BSP/PMR
[Meeting Minutes] Meeting organised by DIR/BSP for further discussions pertaining to the Feasability Study  
DocumentsNational Virtual (Digital) Library Project Nigerian National Universities Commission
[Leaflet] Information brochure from the Federal Ministry of Education, Co-ordinator of the Virtual Library Project  
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