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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERSFinal Verdict: Traditional Versus Digital Divides in Librarianship

A Festschrift in Honour of
 Dr. Benedict Adekunle Oladele- University Librarian, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Librarianship is undergoing some transformation from traditional routines to digital innovations. Routines that were hitherto carried out manually are now being automated. The transformation from the past to the current is however not without history, issues, experiences and practices that need to be recorded for posterity because they are not adequately addressed in contemporary literature. It is therefore incumbent on library and information science practitioners both in the libraries and academia to address these issues.  
It is then the objective of practitioners of the University of Ibadan Library System to honour Dr. Benedict Adekunle Oladele who is preparing to complete his tenure in September 2016 as the University Librarian with a festschrift. The justification for this festschrift is linked to his immense contribution in transforming the premier academic library in Nigeria. In the light of this, the book will promote and encourage diligent service provision among librarians. Interested members of the profession are therefore invited to submit abstract of proposals on any of the sub-themes.

The book is aimed at the following:
ü  To document efforts that have been made in the past to bring libraries to what they currently are
ü  Providing a platform to give account of the advantages embedded in digital transformation in libraries
ü  To communicate problems and challenges recorded in transforming from traditional to digital libraries and
ü  To promote best practices in the digital age in libraries
Target Audience:
Practicing Librarians, Library and information science educators, Information Managers, Individuals in information-related disciplines, Students and other researchers
1. Library Management (Human Resource, Financing, General
    Administration etc)
2. Digitization and Institutional Repository
3. Automation and Cloud Computing
4. Security and Safety: Fittings, Infrastructure and pest control
5. Knowledge Management and Innovative services
6. Collection development in libraries
7. Ethical issues: Privacy, Information Access, Plagiarism etc.
8. Emerging Technology and Social Media
9. Evidenced Based Research
10. Library Architecture
Submission Guidelines:
Authors are invited to submit a proposal/abstract of not more than 300 words to on or before April 08th, 2016. Proposal should provide a bird’s eye view of the paper. Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal by April 22nd, 2016.  Full papers are expected to be submitted by June 06th, 2016. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Important Dates: 
April 08, 2016:                                  Proposal deadline
April 22, 2016:                                  Notification of Acceptance
June 6, 2016:                                    Full paper submission
June 07, 2016 – June 22, 2016:       Review process
July 07, 2016:                                   Editorial Decision
July 30, 2016:                                   Revised paper submission
Ola, Christopher Olumuyiwa, CLN.
Deputy University Librarian
Kenneth Dike Library,
University of Ibadan.
email:  or
Adegbore, Adebayo Muritala, CLN.
Cataloguing Librarian
Kenneth Dike Library,
University of Ibadan
Tel.: (+234) 8032154904

Monday, September 28, 2015

Carnegie CPD Applications for 6th Intake -Now Open

Library and Information Professionals Today (LIPT): Carnegie CPD Applications 6th Intake Open Now: Carnegie CPD Programme -6th Intake Open Now Enhancing librarians' ICT skills for research enablement in African universities: a Car...

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

See Detail Here:

Important Dates

Applications open: 28th of September 2015
Applications close: 28th of October 2015
Successful Candidates will be notified by the 
30th of November 2015 
The course will commence on the 27st of February 2016
For Application process and detailed information about the Program visit 

Contact Details 
Carnegie CPD Administration:
Ms Joan de la Haye
Telephone: +27 12 420 2887

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Call for Paper: -NSLA 2015 : Theme Change: School Library Learning Spaces

 Nigerian School Library Association (NSLA) holds her 20th annual Conference between October 26-30, 2015 at Chapel of Resurrection, Multipurpose Hall, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 
If you are interested in presenting a paper, send your paper to
Theme - Change: School Library Learning Spaces

1) Leadership at School Library . 
2) Library Management software for Nigerian Schools - The Library Thing 
3) Legislation for School Library services in Nigeria - Justification. 
4) Training qualified personnel for Nigerian School Library Resource Centre. 
5) Multimedia collections for effective curriculum delivery in Nigerian schools 
6) Organization of learning resources in Nigerian school library Resource Centre. 
7) Strategies for developing reading culture among Nigerian children 
8) Library and Information literacy skills for schools 
9) Empirical reports on innovation in School Library services in Nigeria

For further details contact Dr Kolawole Aramide +234-8023795300, +234-8138313183 or
Mr Tayo Adebayo +2347033190546

Fadekemi Oyewusi PhD
Ag. Director
Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies
(Formerly Abadina Media Resource Centre)
Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan

Oyo State, Nigeria

Saturday, August 15, 2015

LITT 2015: Tools, Apps and Practices for the 21st Century Library and Information Services

The Information Technology Section of Nigerian Library Association (ITS-NLA) hereby invite you to the 9th Library and Information Technology Today (LITT) 2015 National Workshop  scheduled to hold  at Kogi State University, Ayingba between 12th—16th October, 2015


1.      Library resources management: technologies and practice
2.      Mobile apps for ground-breaking library services
3.      Online tools for teaching learning and collaborative research
4.      Creating and sharing information for Evernote apps
5.      Document surface recovery using GIMP and other Software
6.      Social media tools for creating innovation, transformation and marketing the library services

Venue: Kogi State University, Ayingba
Date: 12th—16th October, 2015

Registration Fee: N25,000.00 (For paid-up members)
N30,000.00 (For non members and non paid-up members)
Registration covers workshop materials, Certificates of attendance,
Workshop bag, CD, Refreshment, and Lunch only

Account Details
Account NameNigerian Library Association, Information Technology Section
Bank: Stanbic IBTC PLC, Alausa, Ikeja
Account Number9201329463
Sort Code: 221150302

For enquiries:   
Please contact: Ngozi Ukachi on: +234 8033269080 or +2349093622018
David on: +234 8033496550

Note: Register you attendance - Book a space NOW 

David Oguche
PRO NLA-IT section

IFLA -Cape Town Declaration (2015)

IFLA WLIC 2015Cape Town, South Africa—14 August 2015

Ministers and country representatives from Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire Lesotho, Guinea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan and Swaziland met to discuss the status of libraries and implementation of access to information agenda at a meeting on 14 August 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa—just ahead of IFLA WLIC 2015.
IFLA President Sinikka Sipilä, African Library Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) President and national librarians were also present.
The group deliberated on the status of libraries on the African continent and the progress required to meet the global sustainable development goals.  
The resulting document is the Cape Town Declaration.
The resulting document is the Cape Town Declaration.

We thereby commit to: 

  • Provide the necessary resources for the development of African libraries to respond to modern day challenges and provide access to emerging technologies; 
  • Support the establishment of a Pan African library organisation to provide a platform for networking and resource mobilisation; 
  • Encourage the establishment of institutional partnerships between libraries in the continent for exchange of knowledge and experiences; 
  • Fast-track implementation of continental innovative strategies to improve ICT and knowledge management;
  •  Encourage the implementation of fair and balanced copyright laws to facilitate access to information for all; Fast-track the implementation of the outcomes of Library Summits held in 2011, 2013 and 2015 respectively; 
  • Support the work of the African Library and Information Association and Institutions (AFLIA); and National Libraries, National Library Services, National Library Associations and Councils; Encourage the use of e-books and virtual libraries more effectively to facilitate cultural and scientific exchange and encourage a culture of reading in the continent; 
  • Promote library policies on access to information as part of a universal human rights approach as well as rights of people to knowledge; 
  • Encourage the development and promotion of local content in African libraries as part of the promotion of African Renaissance and Pan Africanism;
  • Encourage the sharing of skills, collection and preservation of African stories from our own communities; Commit that the African Ministers responsible for arts and culture, libraries and access to information will meet regularly; Adopted In Cape Town, Republic of South Africa on 14 August 2015.

Read the full text: [PDF–English]


Thursday, July 16, 2015



2015 NLA National  Conference/AGM, tagged  "Omoluabi 2015", takes  place in Osogbo, Osun State, from from 26th - 31st July, 2015
“Sustainable Nigerian Libraries: Agents of Access to Information and Development”  
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: 

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


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


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 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: 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. (

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.


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. (


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:

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, preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments.

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