Professor Chinwe Veronica Anunobi has affirmed that library services across the various branches and offices of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) have now been digitised, IgbereTV reports
Prof Anunobi who serves as National Librarian, said going digital will allow the public from any part of the world easily access literary and intellectual materials within the library’s system, a process which she believes does serve as a sign of hope for a brighter future in Nigeria.
Speaking to newsmen at press conference in Abuja, on Tuesday, she said the digitization process has also caused the library to develop the National Repository of Nigeria (NRN).
According to her, the NRN is about 70 per cent complete, and there is hope that completion and commissioning for public use will be achieved by November 2022.
Prof Anunobi explained that the NRN will house in electronic form, all of Nigeria’s heritage that has been deposited from inception to date by authors, printers or publishers, in compliance with the legal deposit law, adding that it will be accessible by every Nigerian and beyond, regardless of status, qualification, or location.
Explaining further, she noted that access to the materials will be in three categories, namely, full access, partial access (metadata and content page) and read only; and it is not only designed to increase visibility of Nigerian intellectual heritage but also to enable creators of the intellectual heritage have return on investments.
Mrs Anunobi also confirmed that automation of the platform which makes it possible for authors and publishers to apply and receive will dispatch the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), International Serials Number (ISN), and Catalogue in Publication (CIP), contrary to the age-long practices