Most Nigerian Versifies Lagging In Digital Libry Technology ------- UNN Chief Librarian

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NSUKKA-----The Chief Librarian of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Prof Chinwe Ezeani, has said that deficiencies in procuring and managing Information and Communication Technologies, ICTs, was the bane of most academic libraries in Nigerian universities. Ezeani spoke at the 158th Inaugural Lecture of the UNN at Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Nsukka, weekend. She said that in this age of ICTs, there was also, the need for training of librarians in the country to acquire more competencies especially in digitisation and management of archival records. Speaking on 'Rejigging Nigerian Academic Libraries for Increased Visibility, Greater Impact, and Enhanced Service Delivery: How Can We Connect the Dots?," she stressed that internet offers with rich resources for authentic inquiry like librarians, "must learn to orchestrate sophisticated strategies to become literate in the complex environment." According to her, re-skilling and re-tooling of academic libraries in line with global best standards if the country wants to turnout quality research outputs that would proffer solutions to the myriad of problems facing the country. She lamented what she described as "severe national library budget cuts," which made it impossible for academic libraries in Nigeria to thrive in the face of new innovations creeping into the profession. In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Charles Igwe, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof Patrick Okolo, described Ezeani as a sound administrator whose contributions in efficient management of the university library has earned the institution the top spot in Nigeria as the university with highest scholarly citations according to Google Webometric ranking. Igwe further said that plans were underway to make the university administration paperless through investing in ICTs as well as improving the competency of both staff and students. Prof. Chinwe Ezeani.

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