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Enabling institutional digital repository for scholarly communication in

Institutional Digital Repository

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  1. 1. Enabling Institutional Digital Repository for Scholarly Communication in Nigeria By Abubakar Mohammed MSC/EDUC/2437/11-12 Seminar I Thesis Title: Adoption of Institutional Digital Repository for the Management of Electronic Local Content in University Libraries in Northeastern Nigeria Supervisors: Prof. Umar Ibrahim & Dr. E. S. Gbaje
  2. 2. Content/Outline of the Paper Introduction Concept of Intuitional Repository Benefits of Enabling Intuitional Repository State of Intuitional Repository in Nigeria Role of Intuitional Repository in Scholarly Communication Impediments to Enabling Intuitional Repository in Nigeria Conclusion and the Way Forward
  3. 3. Introduction The “commercialisation” of scholarly journal publishing Libraries need to pay increasingly large sums to subscribe to the printed copies of the journal or to acquire license for access to electronic versions Nigeria with an estimated population of 150 million people has 129 universities, 75 polytechnics, 63 colleges of education and 100 research and allied institutions
  4. 4. Concept of Institutional Repository IR is a digital archive of the intellectual product created by the faculty, research staff, and students of an institution and accessible to end-users both within and outside of the institution with few if any barriers to access - Johnson (2002) In the simplest sense, the term institutional digital repository is an electronic archive of the scholarly output of an institution, stored in a digital format, where search and recovery are allowed for its national or international scholarship.
  5. 5. Contents of IR
  6. 6. Benefits of Enabling IR Create global visibility for an institution’s scholarly research Collect content in a single location Provide access to institutional research output Store and preserve institutional digital assets Increased citations
  7. 7. State of IR in Nigeria S/N Universities URL Content Software 1 Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Conferences,Theses Dspace 2 Covenant University, Otta Articles Eprints 3 Federal Uni.Tech., Akure Articles; References; Theses Dspace 4 University of Jos, Jos References; Conferences; Learning Objects; Multimedia Dspace 5 University of Nigeria, Nsukka Articles;Theses Open Registry
  8. 8. Role of IR in Scholarly Communication Quick retrieval of scholarly publications Access to distant scholarly publications Free access to scholarly publications Increase author/researcher global visibility It brings about economic relief to libraries It also reduces the monopoly of power of journals
  9. 9. Impediments to Enabling IR in Nigeria Lack of awareness of its potential roles Absence of ICT infrastructures Insufficient bandwidth Epileptic power supply Inadequate funding Lack technological skills
  10. 10. The Way Forward Workshops, seminars, conference should be organise on frequent bases Massive investment on ICT infrastructure in libraries Provision of adequate Internet bandwidth Increased funding Library schools should include ICT courses
  11. 11. Conclusion The revolution in scholarly communications means that traditional forms are not meeting the yearnings of modern day scholars. However it is concluded that institutional digital repository remains the single most popular and indispensible vehicle for effective scholarly communication across the globe.