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


    News
    Towards a Virtual Library for Nigeria - (Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Kano)
    02-10-2003 12:48 pm Following a request by the President of Nigeria during the 31st General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2001, the organization agreed to refocus its Special Plan Action programme for Nigeria towards establishing a Virtual Library for higher education institutions. The idea was that given the low capacity of the higher institutions to stock their libraries with relevant books and literature, it was imperative to exploit information and communication technologies (ICTs) to provide solution to this problem. This change was also necessitated by the report of the earlier mission of the Special Plan of Action, which identified the need for virtual library testbed as urgent and important in addressing the crisis of quality of education in the country. More

    UNESCO organized and hosted four-day workshop on Feasibility Study for Virtual Library - (CITAD, Vol. 2, No. 8)
    08-09-2003 8:00 am As part of the efforts to establish a virtual library by institutions of higher education in Nigeria, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized and hosted a four-day workshop on the Feasibility Study for the Virtual Library. More

    Latest Version of Greenstone just released: Building Digital Libraries with Open Source Software - (UNESCO)
    31-03-2003 8:50 am greenstone_140.jpgGreenstone is open-source software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The aim of the software is to empower users, particularly in universities, libraries, and other public service institutions, to build their own digital libraries. More

    A study of Internet usage in Nigerian universities: A case study of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria - (First Monday)
    01-02-2003 11:00 am The Internet is arguably one of the most significant technological developments of the late 20th century. However, despite the added benefits of this tool to learning, teaching and research, a number of problems still plague Internet connectivity and usage in the Nigerian University system. The objective of this study was to evaluate the level of utilization of the Internet for academic research at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Questionnaires were administered to postgraduate students spanning art and science based programmes. The results from the analysis of the responses showed that the use of the Internet ranked fourth (17.26 percent) among the sources of research materials. However, respondents who use the Internet ranked research materials (53.42 percent) second to e-mail (69.86 percent). The study concludes that the use of the Internet for academic research would significantly improve through the provision of more access points at Departmental and Faculty levels. More

    Jigawa Establishes N18m Internet Cafes - (Daily Trust (Abuja))
    26-12-2002 11:42 am The Nigerian Jigawa State government has released N18 million for the establishment of Internet cafes and the improvement of its information institute to boost the study of computer science in the state. More

    Next Technology Launches National Internet Project - (This Day (Lagos))
    27-11-2002 11:00 pm For Nigeria's teeming rural dwellers, there is fresh hope of affordable Internet access as one of the country's IT players, Next Technology Limited, launches its Nigeria Internet Project (NIP). The NIP is geared at providing cheap Internet access via Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) to the 765 local government areas (LGAs) of the country, according to Lai Omotola, managing director of Next Technology. More


    Articles
    Expert Meeting “Digital Libraries In Education” - by Leonid A. Kalinichenko
    iite_Newsletter3.jpg15 October 2002 -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.More

    New Developments and Challenges in the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRS): A Nigerian Perspective - by Caroline T. Owoseni, Assistant Chief Analyst, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP°, Abuja, Nigeria
    May 29 to 31, 2001 -Paper presented at the International Conference on Intellectual Property, The Internet, Electronic Commerce and Traditional Knowledge, Sofia, Bulgaria May 29 - 31, 2001More


    Photos
    smPB150042 5.jpgInside the NUC Virtual Library Building (II)
    Another sneek-peek of what the internal environment of the NVLP will house.

    smPB150042 4.jpgInside the NUC Virtual Library building
    Here is a sneek-peek of what's in store for the very near future...

    smPB110021.jpgSite 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

    smPB150042 8.jpgFuture users of the VL? (II)
    Another picture of the Computer Training Lab for pupils of the HAKDA International School, Kaduna

    smPB150042 10.jpgYabatech 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.

    smPB150042 9.jpgFuture users of the VL?
    Picture of the Computer Training Lab for pupils of the HAKDA International School, Kaduna

    smPB150042 1.jpgMission 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

    smPB150042 2.jpgMeeting 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

    smPB150042 11.jpgUNESCO Team
    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


    Websites
    National Information Technology Development Agency
    To make Nigeria an IT capable country in Africa and a key player in the Information Society by the year 2005, using IT as the engine for sustainable development.
    >> More info   >> Go to website

    Nigerian Virtual Library
    Official site of the NUC's National Virtual Library Project in Nigeria
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    Documents
    Minutes of the Meeting of the the UNESCO HQ Committee on the Nigerian Virtual Library Feasibility Study held on 11 September 2002 - by BSP/FWR
    Three agendi items:
    1. New information since last meeting;
    2. Practical Measures to implement the project; and,
    3. Nigerian Virtual Library site in portal More

    Guidelines for Digitization Projects: for collections and holdings in the public domain, particularly those held in libraries and archives - by UNESCO, IFLA, ICA
    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. More

    "An Integrated ICT-Support for ODL in Nigeria: The Vision, the Mission and the Journey so Far" - by Olugbemiro Jegede
    Position Paper More

    Nigeria Multipurpose Community Telecentre Programme - by Mike Jensen
    Project document drafted following mission to Nigeria in December 2001. More

    National ICT Networks: The Nigerian Field - by Aminu Ibrahim
    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 More

    Feasibility Study on the Development of a Virtual Library by Institutions of Higher Education in Nigeria - by
    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. More

    Implementation Status Report - Nigerian Virtual Library for Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education - by F.W. Russell
    Report on the advancement of work, prepared for the Review Meeting held at UNESCO Headquarters on 5 March 2003. More

    Mission 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 - by 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:

    • to formally launch the Nigerian Virtual Library Feasibility Study.
    • to hold information meetings with appropriate national authorities.
    • to reach decisions as to the delivery schedule for the project and it's end-date (with a view to establishing phases of implementation of the Study’s recommendations).
    • recruitment/selection of the NPO (c.f. draft TORs below)
    • agreement on terms of reference for the various consultants necessary with possible initial identification of certain appropriate persons.
    More

    Feasibility Study Project Proposal Nigerian Virtual Library for Universities and other Institutions of Higher Education - by UNESCO, BSP
    Project Document for the Feasibility Study as approved by the Director-General of UNESCO and the Government of Japan (Donor) More

    Nigerian National Policy for Information Technology (IT) - by Nigerian National Information Technology Development Agency
    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, More

    Science, Technology and ICT in Nigeria - by Professor G.O. Ajayi

    • Every nation has a price to pay for technological development. Science and Technology is the bedrock of this development.
    • The Science & Technology sector in general and Information & Communications Technology (ICT), in particular, represent areas that must be addressed for sustainable technological growth.
    • Three technological waves driving global economic development are:

      Information Technology

      Material Science

      Biotechnology
    • Technology is changing at an unprecedented rate and, without the proper machinery in place, one stands the risk of being left behind.
    More

    Nigerian-American Information Initiative (NAII) - by Donald Bishop, Counselor of Embassy for Public Affairs American Embassy, Abuja
    More

    The Nigerian Universities Network (NUNet) in Brief - by Aminu Ibrahim
    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. More

    Status of ICT in the Nigerian Education Sector - by Aminu Ibrahim
    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. More

    Minutes of the intersectoral meeting held on 21 March 2002 - by UNESCO BSP/PMR
    Meeting organised by DIR/BSP for further discussions pertaining to the Feasability Study More

    National Virtual (Digital) Library Project - by Nigerian National Universities Commission
    Information brochure from the Federal Ministry of Education, Co-ordinator of the Virtual Library Project More


    Features

    Documents
    Feasibility Study on the Development of a Virtual Library by Institutions of Higher Education in Nigeria

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

    Guidelines for Digitization Projects: for collections and holdings in the public domain, particularly those held in libraries and archives

    Implementation Status Report - Nigerian Virtual Library for Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education

    Mission 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


    News
    17-11-2002 11:00 pm - Director-General of UNESCO on official visit to Nigeria (18 - 20 November 2002) - Office of the Spokesperson

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