NBTE/LRCN Holds National Training Workshop on E-Library for Monotechnics/Polytechnic Librarians

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in collaboration with the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) recently organized a three day National Training Workshop for Librarians and Information Managers in the Polytechnic, Monotechnics and Similar Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria with the theme; “e-library services as a tool for achieving change in education sector.”  The workshop was held between the 25th and 27th of June, 2018 at the NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVET, Unguwar Rimi, Kaduna.

The objective of the workshop was to equip Librarians and Information Managers with the basic knowledge and skills required to meet the current ICT needs of library users and to build the capacity of Librarians and Information Managers in TVET sector for sustainable service delivery.

On Monday, the 25th of June, 2018, the workshop was declared open by the Executive Secretary of the NBTE, Dr. M. A. Kazanre, who was ably represented by Engr A.D.K. Muhammad, Director, Vocational and Skill development, NBTE while the keynote address was given by the Registrar/CEO of the LRCN, Prof. Michael Afolabi CLN. This was followed by five technical sessions that were done over the three day workshop. These sessions dwelt on the following areas:-

    i. Imperatives of e-library services as tool for changing the Nigeria education sector, which was delivered by Mr. Boluduro Micah Joseph, the Polytechnic Librarian of Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State

    ii. Requirements for Acquisition of e-Resources and e-Library Content Management by Mr. Ayuba A. Garba of the LRCN, Abuja

    iii. Establishing a sustainable E-Library in a resource rich but financially constraint setting: an Information Technology Project Management Approach by Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim Musa, University Librarian, Kaduna State University, Kaduna

    iv. Basic steps in establishing an e-library by Dr. A.O. Ahmed, Polytechnic Librarian, Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

    v. Online search engine and search strategies by Mr. Umar Mayanchi Ahmad of the NBTE Library, Kaduna.

In view of dwindling budgets for the purchase of books, Journals and other Library resources, Librarians were urged to harness the huge potentials that e-resources provide to libraries in order to meet up with the shortfall in their library collection. Participants were further encouraged to explore the various opportunities that open access initiatives provide in drawing their users to scholarly publications

While many of the participating Librarians lamented about the lack of funds to maintain regular internet connectivity and subscription to paid online databases for e-resources, alternative offline e-library services were suggested for Libraries to adopt in order not to remain stagnant but draw up attention and support from their parent institutions.

Outside of the technical sessions, there were moments for social networking and forging of collaborations among the various participants around. Certificate of attendance were issued at the end of the Training workshop. At the end of the workshop, a thirteen point communiqué was issued. You can read the communiqué in the link below.

George Onwueme
Federal Polytechnic, Bonny, Rivers State