We are embracing Virtual Library, says National librarian

From Maurice Okafor,Enugu

The National Librarian/CEO of National Library of Nigeria,Professor Lenrie Olatotunbo Aina,has disclosed that the the the organisation is gradually embŕacing Virtual library as the alternative to the traditional library system in the country,stating the later will enhance knowledge or information in every published article/books/gazzettes to be read globally.

Professor Aina made the disclosure in a chat with The AUTHORITY ,at the occasion of a two day 2021 Sensitization workshop on legal deposit compliance and demonstration of the newly developed ‘International Standard Serial Number(ISSN) and International Standard Book Number(ISBN),holding in Enugu,from July 22 to Friday,July 23.

He attributed the deplorable state of Nigerian libraries with dearth of books and updated informations to poor leadership.However, he stressed that his organisation is working assiduosly to join the the modern trend of electronic and virtual library imploring internet services.

He disclosed that the Nigeria library services has started taking steps in this direction by developing gazzetting the Federal governments catalogues electronicaly, just as they are doing for Lagos state government currently.

He assured that in no distance time, Nigeria will fully join the league of nations where the system of virtual library is envogue.

His words,”With virtual library,every information you want to know about Nigeria, issues,books,gazzettes will be easily accessed on the internet.We are working seriously with other government agencies to achieve this feat for the best interest of the country”.

Commenting on the purpose of the sensitization workshop on legal deposit compliance and demonstration of the newly developed International Standard Serial Number(ISSN) and International Standard Book Number(ISBN),Professor Aina said the exercise is in tandem with the international community demand for every book published throughout the glibe to have a unique number for identification. 

He said  the exercise is meant to ensure that two differently published books across the globe must not possess the same number.

He emphasised that the exercise will also help to guard against piracy in some countries like Nigeria,where the menace is rampant.He said even though the National Library of Nigeria is a different organisation from Nigeria Copy Right Commision,in charge of fighting piracy and unauthoried duplication/publication of published materials but the National Library of Nigeria will protect the interest of publishers and authors whose books published wirks have ISSN and ISBN identifications.

The Sensitization which is meant for Publishers,Authors,Researchers,Printers,Librarians,Academia,Government Printers,Book Sellers,etc from the states of Abia,Anambra,Ebonyi and Enugu state,continues today at the Institute of Advanced learning,Achi street,Independence layout,Enugu.

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