The need for easy, seamless and always-available access to useful, relevant and up-to-date sources of information in these our times cannot be over stretched. It is in recognition of this need and in line with its goal of ensuring the penetration of IT and the empowerment of citizens with the latest developments in technology that NITDA in 2013, rolled out the initiative of establishing Virtual Libraries as Information Resource Tools in schools, universities and communities in the country to enable quick, remote and easy access to useful, relevant information. The initiative started with the full upgrade of and the enabling of remote access to the already existing Virtual Library at NITDA’s HQ. This has subsequently been expanded to various communities and educational institutions in the country with many more being planned.
The Virtual Libraries will serve to:
- Provide students, lecturers and researchers with easy access to a wide variety of information resources,
- Offer opportunities for learning that are not possible with physical libraries by providing remote, anytime, anywhere, always-available access to useful and relevant information,
- Improve real time collaborative learning and information exchange especially for students and research teams,
- Encourage more personalized informal learning by enabling citizens to learn at their pace and convenience and
- Ultimately create a more informed, better empowered citizenry fully prepared for the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
- Increasing number of regular users with access to a variety of online resource plus, remote accessibility to these resources.
- Establishment of fully functional virtual libraries at Federal University Oye Ekiti, Nasarawa State University Keffi, Kogi State Polytechnic and Abonima Community Town Akwu Local Government, Rivers State with more to come.
- An upgraded NITDA Virtual Library accessible via the NITDA website with electronic NITDA publications and reports.
- A more empowered, more confident, better informed citizenry.
- More qualitative and collaborative research work done.