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Library Council Seeks Nitda?s Intervention To Develop Apps
« on: September 27, 2016, 10:02:02 AM »
The Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria has called on the National Information Technology Development Agency to work with local software developers in Nigeria to develop user-friendly mobile applications for library services in the country.

The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of LRCN, Prof. Michael Afolabi, made the call when he visited the NITDA, according to a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday.

Afolabi said technology had revolutionised the daily lives of individuals and library services should not be an exception.


 
He said library services could be delivered to users and students on any smartphone or other Internet-enabled devices, which would make the library users stay connected to library services irrespective of their locations.

The LCRN boss said, ?To us, the NITDA is a world-class intervention agency in the ICT sector, intervening remarkably in different sectors of the nation?s economy. We are glad that your organisation has emerged an international brand, exporting best practices.

?On our part, we have gradually commenced a silent advocacy to create awareness about the availability of new standards for e-libraries in Nigeria. Our stakeholders often receive the news with excitement.?

He said the council was developing standards for different categories of libraries and had started the review of benchmarks for library schools in Nigeria.

According to him, the commission is collaborating with a number of governmental and nongovernmental organisations in order to make meaningful contribution to the education sector and library and information subsector in particular.

Afolabi urged the NITDA to finalise work on the e-library standard it formulated and set machinery in motion to begin the advocacy for the standard so that Nigerians would understand and benefit from the policy directive.

In his response, the Acting Director General, NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, assured theLRCN that the NITDA was committed to enhancing the relationship that exists between the two organisations. He added that the agency?s mandate empowered it to intervene in other sectors.

Olatunji said, ?It is on this note we want to change the traditional outlook of our library to virtual library. Last week, we inaugurated one in Ekiti State University and by October, another one will be inaugurated in Yola. We have awarded eight virtual libraries this year to impact on our educational sector.

?Our focus is to develop home-grown solutions in our software drives to address challenges that are peculiar to us. We will work with the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, Young Innovators of Nigeria, and our specially created purpose vehicle ? Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship ? to look into the request for developing apps on e-library.?

He said work had reached final stages on standards being formulated by the NITDA for e-libraries, adding that the standards would soon be unveiled to the Nigerian public.

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