Chris Steven, Abuja.
The Nigerian university system has received a boost to its e-library project with the donation of $4million worth of e-book from EBSCO host E-CONTENT foreign development partners to strengthen research in Nigerian universities.
The Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie made this known in Abuja while addressing delegates from the EBSCOHOST E-Content International.
Professor Okojie also disclosed that the federal government secured access to over 100,000 high quality e-journals that will be made available to Nigeria Universities and Research Institutes through the Nigeria Research and Educational Network (NgREN)
He noted that the resources contain over 27,000 full text journals, over 18000 indexed and abstracted journals and about 10,000,000 searchable cited references.
“The NgREN has secured access to all Ebsco host e-books collections and 7Ebsco host research databases among which are full text e-journals ,periodicals and magazines of several academic disciplines and professional specializations”
“These will be available for free to many Nigerian universities until december 31st, 2016. The resources contain more than 100,000 high quality e-book titles,27,100 full text journals,18430 indexed and abstracted journals ,9,041,400 searchable cited references daily updates and 630 videos with transcripts and related articles”
Okojie added that these would grow the number of available resources in the nation’s university Libraries and will also heighten research activities amongst institutions in the Nigerian university system.
The NUC boss stressed that the e- journals will facilitate more collaboration,access and easy sharing of resources accross national and international boundaries.
Okojie stressed that accessing these resources, Nigerian universities and Research Institutes will have access to a more impactful collaboration resources and facilitates accreditation of programmes.
He added that the proivision of the e-journals will improve ranking of Nigerian Universities.
Professor Okojie however urged universities in Nigeria to utilise the resources which are available on the NgREN at no cost until the end of 2016.
Meanwhile plans are underway to ensure that the universities continue to access these EBSCO ,as well as other e-resources beyond the expiration of the current service.
Representative of the EBSCO Host E-CONTENT, Colleen Mills , said the aim is to assist Nigeria in enriching her research content and strengthening research institutes.