Creating a Virtual Library for Distance Learners in Nigeria

IGWE, Ukoha O. and ONWUCHEKWA, Edeama O. (2015) Creating a Virtual Library for Distance Learners in Nigeria. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa in Session 196 - LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG.

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Creating a Virtual Library for Distance Learners in Nigeria

Information and communications technology revolution continues to propel dramatic transformations in all aspects of our society. This revolution and transformation is changing the face of libraries, their functions and services. These innovations are propelling the library into an environment of electronic services established on computer servers or a network of cooperating servers. Technology is giving great impetus to libraries and helping them redesign, redirect and remodel their functions and services. Libraries that have applied information technology in their services have experienced dramatic transformations. This paper discusses the emerging trends in library and information services which is the bedrock to the development of virtual libraries. The trend of virtual libraries as an excellent alternative to the provision of access to library resources to distance learners is examined. It also examines the components, requirements and challenges of a virtual library service in Nigeria and recommends a suitable model of virtual library to libraries serving distance learners in Nigeria.

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