The digitization of the National Library will begin soon – Patron of NLN


The process of digitizing the collections of the National Library of Nigeria will begin soon as the card catalog will be phased out and replaced by a Unified Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) that will link records at branches across the country.

The new National Librarian and Managing Director of the National Library of Nigeria, Professor Chinwe Anunobi, said this on Wednesday in Abuja, while briefing reporters on the thematic focus of his administrative influence on information and communication technologies. communication (TIC) to reposition and raise the level of the NLN.

She said it was unfortunate that the publications in Nigeria were not read beyond the country’s shores because the documents were not available online.

Anunobi said, “We will be making steady progress in digitizing our collections, not only to preserve them but also to make them accessible to the public in an easier to access mode.

“We don’t celebrate the authors in our country because a lot of people don’t read them, but when we digitize we will disseminate it. We are going to have OPAC which would bring together all bibliographic information on resources published in Nigeria as the National Library of Nigeria, ”she said.

She is committed to immediately resolving copyright issues with the respective copyright owners, claiming that while NLN has not yet acquired all of the required scan scanners, some that are available could be used. to start.

On the abandoned National Library headquarters project in Abuja, the NLN boss said all hands were now on the bridge to see to the swift completion of the project which she called a national monument, following Federal government directive for the Higher Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to support the completion of the building.

She lamented the bad reading culture among Nigerians and pledged to step up the reading campaign to encourage readership in schools and other segments of the country.

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