National e-library Standards Underway

The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami restates his commitment towards promoting eLibrary in Nigeria.

The DG made this known when the Registrar/CEO and Management staff of the Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria paid him a visit at the NITDA Headquarters to fast track the ongoing collaboration between NITDA and LRCN.

Speaking further Dr Pantami stated that Standards, Guidelines and Regulations remains NITDA’s top most priority, and promised to study exiting MOU between both organisations.

The DG gave his full assurance on a positive feedback after the E-Library standards has been reviewed and ready for publication with immediate effect, adding that the doors of the agency are always open to new ideas and collaborations that will help his tenure to be fruitful and which are within the agencies disposal.

Speaking earlier, the Registrar/ CEO of LRCN, Professor Michael Afolabi appreciated NITDA for the existing partnership that has resulted in setting up a modern eLibrary at the LRCN Head Office in Maitama Abuja.
He solicited for continuous support of the Agency to build on existing relationship that will aid the development of a Draft eLibrary Standards and Guidelines, adding that they are here to work with NITDA to ensure full deployment of ICT in library operations across the nation.

Afolabi stated that “Twenty-Five Century librarianship is hinged on Information and Communications Technology (ICT). New technologies are making information available as never before and offering exciting potential to enrich learning. That is why eLibraries and eBooks are gaining huge popularity all over the world. Various institutions in Nigeria are gradually deploying the eLibraries.

He suggests that the eLibrary standard jointly developed should be finalised and put in place effective machinery for publicizing them so that the Nigerian public will understand and benefit from this germane policy, “this partnership is aimed at ensuring that libraries serve as platforms for bridging the digital divide”, he added.

NITDA and LRCN back in 2012 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 316 Digital Community Opportunity Centres (DCOC) across the country.