National President of the NLA, Alhaji Rilwanu Abdulsalami welcomes you to this platform. We are extremely happy you could find us on the web. Kindly avail yourself of the opportunities provided through the information provided on this website. This is our official channel for updating LIS professionals in Nigeria.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

53RD NLA CONFERENCE/AGM 2015

53RD NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) 

“OMOLUABI 2015”
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2015 NLA National  Conference/AGM, tagged  "Omoluabi 2015", takes  place in Osogbo, Osun State, from from 26th - 31st July, 2015
CONFERENCE THEME: 
“Sustainable Nigerian Libraries: Agents of Access to Information and Development”  
SUB-THEMES:
1. Bring Back the User
2.Contemporary Issues in Nigerian Libraries and Services
3.Marketing Library and Information Services
4. Library Environment and the Librarian
5. Collaborative Library Services
6. Collaboration and Integration of Library and Information Services in Contemporary Nigerian Society
 FOR WHOM:  Librarians, Practitioners, Information Scientists, Archivists, Exhibitors, Publishers, Authors, Booksellers, and Friends of the Library.
 Payment for NLA Conference Fees
 Registration Fees:                                  N30, 000
“Early Bird” (Paid up members only):      N22, 000 (to 31st May, 2015)
 On site registration (paid-up members)  N25, 000
Retirees                                                   N15, 000         
Students (Undergraduates with valid ID):N5, 000(excludes conference bag & dinner)            
                                                                    

Friday, July 03, 2015

The International Librarians Network: new round begins August 2015


Apply Now
Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in mid-August 2015.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 2500 librarians from 110 countries take part so far.
Applications for the next round of partnerships  is now open and  close at midnight on Sunday 26th July 2015. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.


The ILN is open to anyone working (or studying) in the library and information industry around the world. The program is free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.



Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

Ayodele John Alonge
ILN Ambassador -Nigeria 
Twitter: @OptimisticINFO

Monday, June 29, 2015

Carnegie-funded CPD programme Application is Open: Apply NOW

Carnegie CPD Programme

Enhancing librarians' ICT skills for research enablement in African universities: a Carnegie CPD programme  


The Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, was awarded a grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to offer eight four-week residential continuing professional development (CPD) programmes for qualified librarians from Sub-Saharan Africa, for the period 2014 – 2016. 
The aims of the programme are to:
  • Empower the next generation of library and information professionals within Sub-Saharan African countries with hands-on skills to apply current and emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs);
  • Build capacity amongst library and information services (LIS) professionals to support and enable researchers.

Important Dates

Applications open: 22nd of June 2015
Applications close: 22nd of July 2015
Successful Candidates will be notified by the 31st of July 2015
The course will commence on the 31st of October 2015

Eligibility criteria and application process 

A.  Eligibility criteria

Academic librarians and LIS faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda are eligible to apply for admission to this programme. Selection of candidates for this fully funded programme is highly competitive and is based inter alia on the following criteria:
  • Current qualifications: at least a first degree in LIS from a government recognised and/or accredited tertiary education institution. Applicants with postgraduate degrees will also be eligible for selection if you comply with other criteria listed;
  • Age eligibility 25 – 45 years;
  • Work experience 5 – 7 years;
  • Exceptions, for age and work experience, will be considered on a case by case basis when accompanied by a strong motivational letter from your manager or director;
  • The availability of the required technologies in your current work environment or library;
  • Past academic performance;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Potential to explore and embrace emerging technologies;
  • Willingness and ability to share what is learned with others in the profession;
  • Demonstrated commitment of participant’s home institution to supporting sharing and future development activities;
  • Willingness and ability to work as a team member;
  • Interest in current international library issues.


Read more: http://www.up.ac.za/en/information-science/article/21563/carnegie-cpd-programme 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mr Felix Ubogu Passed On: A Great Loss to the LIS Community

The news of the death of the University Librarian of University of Witwatersrand, South Africa came as a rude shock to all of us. He died on Thursday 4, June, 2015 after a brief illmess. He was a seasoned Univesity Librarian, a loving husband, Father and a Professional to the core. He will be greatly missed by all of us in Africa. Mr Ubogu was the Chairman of the Nigerian Library Association (Oyo State Chapter) before relocating to South Africa over two decades ago. A memorial service at took place at Wits on 9th June, 2015, while 11th June 2015 was for Commendation Service in Joburg. Funeral rites is slated for 20th June, 2015. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Please find below the message from Wits' Vice Chancellor. Source: Simon Tanner

MESSAGE FROM THE WITS VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL

Dear Colleagues

It is with great sadness that the University learnt of the passing of Mr Felix Ubogu, the University’s Librarian yesterday. Mr Ubogu passed away after a prolonged illness and will be sorely missed by his colleagues at Wits with whom he has built close relationships in the last 15 years.

Mr Ubogu joined Wits in 2000 from Rhodes University, where he served as its chief librarian.

He will be remembered for spearheading the digitisation of university libraries and for initiating the move towards digitising theses, with the aim of spreading African scholarship across the globe. In recognition of him using the e-environment to advance scholarship, Mr Ubogu was named the recipient of the Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) Leadership Award in 2011.

Mr Ubogu advocated the benefits of ETD which ultimately led to the formation of the National Electronic Theses and Dissertations project funded by the National Research Foundation. He chaired the Advisory Committee of the Database of African Theses and Dissertations Pilot Project from July 2000 to February 2005. From 2003 to 2004 he served as the Project Manager of a UNESCO pilot project to improve the management of and access to theses and dissertations.

He has hosted several international conferences and seminars on ETD and related topics. In 2009 he was one of the organisers of the First International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives. He has served on the Board of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, and has also been a member of the Board of the South African Library for the Blind.

Mr Ubogu was also known for campaigning for the use of multimedia in dissertations and for expanding the University’s electronic databases, research analysis tools and software acquisitions.

Felix is survived by his wife and three children. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family, colleagues and friends, during this difficult period. The University will announce further details about his funeral and memorial service after consultation with his family.

Prof. Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
5 June 2015



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NLA 2015 NATIONAL CONFERENCE/AGM - CALL FOR PAPERS

This is to inform you that the NLA conference website for 2015 "early bird" registration is now open. Paid-up members are encouraged to log onto www.nlaconference.org to register online and make payment with your credit card or register & pay to the NLA account indicated, from now till Sunday, 31st May, 2015.

Non paid-up members are to pay the normal registration fee of N30, 000 only, while paid-up members will pay N22, 000 only for “early bird” registration till end of May. Normal registration for the conference commences on Monday, 1st June, 2015.

Visit the NLA conference website on: www.nlaconference.org to download the conference invitation letter, list of recommended hotels for the conference, Call for Papers, Awards Application forms and other information about the conference.

Thank you
Omoh Atsenokhai
National Secretary

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Announcement of the 2015 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest for Developing Countries

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce its 15th competition for papers to be submitted for the 2015 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Hyatt Regency, St. Louis, MO; November 6-10, 2015. (http://www.asis.org/asist2015/am15cfp.html)

Deadline for application is June 30, 2015

Building from the overall conference theme, the theme for this year’s paper contest is: “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community”.

This year’s conference theme provides an opportunity for information science researchers – including academics and practitioner researchers – to discuss the impact of their research on industry, on government, on local/national/global community groups, on individuals, on information systems, on libraries/museums/galleries, and on other practice contexts. The theme highlights the introduction of a new conference focus on Applied Research, which recognizes that basic research in information science is also inspired by, and/or connected to, information practice contexts. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a global and/or international perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following core areas:

  • Impact on Individuals: information behavior; information retrieval; human-computer interaction; social media use; information literacy; etc.
  • Impact on Society: digital citizenship; cultural engagement; archival preservation; policy development; copyright; intellectual property; infometrics; information access; etc.
  • Impact on Organizations: information architecture; knowledge management; competitive intelligence; digital curation; records and archives management; etc.
  • Impact on Systems & Technology: cloud computing; digital libraries; automatic indexing; social tagging; classification; semantic web; database design; web usability; etc.
  • Impact on Information Contexts: health; education; law; environment; agriculture; business; etc.

Selection Criteria:

There will be up to three winners who will be selected by a panel of judges including: Maqsood Shaheen (IRC, US Embassy Islamabad), J.K. Vijayakumar (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), and, Innocent Awasom (Texas Tech University).

The judging criteria will be based on:

1. Originality of paper in the developing world and global information ecosystem (originality of the project described, etc.)
2. Relevance to the paper contest theme
3. Quality of argument, presentation and organization

Eligibility & Information for authors:

Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of, and resides in a developing country are eligible. Winners in the 2009-2014 contests are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished, and submitted in English. We encourage submissions from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery, and use of digital information.

Award:

The award for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, depending on SIG III fundraising for this competition, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration, and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Hyatt Regency, St. Louis, MO, November 6-10, 2015. (http://www.asis.org/asist2015/am15cfp.html).

Style:

The international paper contest committee requires that submissions follow the International Information and Library Review instructions to authors. Detailed information is available under the heading, Guide for Authors at: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ulbr20&page=instructions#.VOw5ZUex4k0

Publishing opportunities:

Submitted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the International Information and Library Review, subject to the usual peer refereeing process, for that journal.

ASIS&T Copyright Policy:

ASIS&T will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its web site or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author.

Deadline for submission of full papers: 

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by June 30, 2015, to Maqsood Shaheen at ShaheenMA@gmail.com, preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

MENTORING OPPORTUNITY FOR NIGERIA LIBRARIANS OPENS, DEADLINE 15TH FEBRUARY, 2015

According to the announcement from the International  Librarians Network (ILN)

"We are pleased to announce applications are now open for the next round of this popular program to commence in March 2015. Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you."

"The ILN is open to anyone working in the library and information industry around the world. The program remains free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues."

The applications process closes at midnight on Sunday 15th February 2015. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

National Library of Nigeria is 50: NLA members invited for the Celebrations


The apex library in Nigeria, National Library of Nigeria (NLN) is celebrating her 50 years of existence. According to the statement from the Chairman, Planning Committee of the celebration and made available to members of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) through the NLA-Online-Forum on Tuesday, 25th November, 2014, members are invited to the Grand Finale of the Anniversary activities scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.


The morning session of the programme will feature quiz, spelling and reading competitions. While the afternoon session is devoted to the Anniversary dinner.

Please download the final progamme for the NLN @ 50 celebration: A | B.


Furthermore, the celebrations will move to Lagos State. You are all invited to a special programme at Public Service Department, NLN (Lagos Branch).

Topic: Reading : Key to Individual and National Development
Date:  Wednesday, November  26, 2014
Venue: Rotunda hall, National Library of Nigeria
              227, Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba
Time: 10.00am

For more information, please contact Mrs. O. J. Babalola, Committee Chairperson. You can also call her on 08023526817


Friday, November 21, 2014

Invitation to Attend the 2014 Annual Conference /AGM Of The Nigerian Library Association, Anambra State Chapter Holding in Awka.

NIGERIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
ANAMBRA STATE CHAPTER

C/o Anambra State Library Board P.M.B 5068 Awka
INVITATION TO ATTEND THE 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE /AGM OF THE NIGERIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, ANAMBRA STATE CHAPTER HOLDING IN AWKA.
 
On behalf of The EXCO of Nigerian Library Association, Anambra State chapter, I have the pleasure to invite you to the 2014 Annual Conference/AGM scheduled as follows:
Date: 10th to 11th December 2014.
Venue: Kenneth Dike e-Library, Awka
Opening ceremony: 10th December 2014
Conference Theme:  Information Dissemination for a Progressive Society

For whom: Librarians, Information Scientist, Archivist, Exhibitors, Publishers, Authors, Booksellers, students, Friends of the Library.
 
Accommodation: Delegates are to make arrangements for their accommodation. Information about accommodation can be obtained from Ogbonna 08034734389 or Ada 08037535407
 
Conference Fee: 
  • Paid up Members: N5000.00 only
  • Students and Retired members: N2000.00 only
Payment can be made to
Account Name: Nigerian Library Association, Anambra State Chapter
Bank Name: United Bank for Africa (UBA) 
Account No: 1001110523
 
For Further Information, please contact                

Dr. E. N. Anyaoku                                                  Dr. T.U. Onwudinjo
Chairman, NLA Anambra State Chapter       LOC Chairman
Medical Library                                                      Law Library
College of Health Sciences                                  Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Nnamdi Azikiwe University                                   Awka.
Nnewi Campus.

Signed
Dr. E. N. Anyaoku    

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LITT 2014 Holding at University of Benin

This is to inform you that the IT Section of NLA started her annual national workshop tagged LITT 2014 yesterday, Monday, 13th October, 2014. The workshop is scheduled to run through to Friday, 17th October, 2014

Shortly before the Opening ceremony, there was a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. O.G. Oshodin, JP  



The Opening ceremony held at MTN Virtual Library, UNIBEN. The first session of the training started immediately after the opening ceremony and ended at about 6.00pm. Participants have again been treated to sessions of hands-on-practical trainings with international best practices experiences from USA and UK by the facilitators today. 

It's been such a wonderful outing. If you can still make it to Benin, why not? If you cannot, o my! However, we promise to keep you posted.

by 

Adeyoyin, S.O. (FUNAAB)
Progamme Coordinator

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development launched

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development launched

Access to information, and libraries, play a critical role in supporting development. To advance this position, IFLA has today launched the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development outlining the need for access to information to be recognised in the United Nations post-2015 development framework. The framework will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set the agenda for development for the next decade.

The Lyon Declaration calls on Member States of the United Nations to acknowledge that access to information, and the skills to use it effectively, are required for sustainable development, and ensure that this is recognised in the post-2015 development agenda by:


  • Acknowledging the public's right to access information and data, while respecting the right to individual privacy.
  • Recognising the important role of local authorities, information intermediaries and infrastructure such as ICTs and an open Internet as a means of implementation.
  • Adopting policy, standards and legislation to ensure the continued funding, integrity, preservation and provision of information by governments, and access by people.
  • Developing targets and indicators that enable measurement of the impact of access to information and data and reporting on progress during each year of the goals in a Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report.

More than 125 institutions and associations from within and beyond the library sector, including development agencies, media organisations, gender, ICT and education campaigners have signed pre-launch, already making the Lyon Declaration the most successful campaign of its type that IFLA has ever undertaken.

http://conference.ifla.org/node/522
http://www.lyondeclaration.org/

Conference Paper: “Missing Links: The Digital News Preservation”

Conference Paper: “Missing Links: The Digital News Preservation”



That the spread of printed news has changed dramatically since the Internet and the Web is no news to anyone. The Christian Science Monitor, in print since 1908, ceased daily publication in 2009 to focus on web-based publishing (CSM still publishes a weekly print edition). One month before this, The Seattle Post Intelligencer stopped its print edition. More recently, Lloyd’s List, which claims to be the world’s oldest newspaper, announced that it would stop its print edition. These are but a few examples of news publishers that no longer print the news on paper.



http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/newspapers/Geneva_2014/s6-carner-en.pdf

New Journal Article: “Process as Product: Scholarly Communication Experiments in the Digital Humanities”

New Journal Article: “Process as Product: Scholarly Communication Experiments in the Digital Humanities”



Scholarly communication outreach and education activities are proliferating in academic libraries. Simultaneously, digital humanists—a group that includes librarians and non-librarians based in libraries, as well as scholars and practitioners without library affiliation—have developed forms of scholarship that demand and introduce complementary innovations focused on infrastructure, modes of dissemination and evaluation, openness, and other areas with implications for scholarly communication. Digital humanities experiments in post-publication filtering, open peer review, middle-state publishing, decentering authority, and multimodal and nonlinear publication platforms are discussed in the context of broader library scholarly communication efforts



http://jlsc-pub.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1137&context=jlsc

German Language Brockhaus Encyclopedia Becoming Online Only Reference Resource

German Language Brockhaus Encyclopedia Becoming Online Only Reference Resource



http://www.infodocket.com/2014/08/17/german-language-brockhaus-encyclopedia-becomes-online-only/

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