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JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VOLUME 3 NO 2, DECEMBER, 2005

DIGITIZATION OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN NIGERIA: A DOYEN DEVELOPMENT WITH DAUNTING DIFFICULTIES

OGUGUA, J. C.
AND
EMEROLE, N.
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY, OWERRI

ABSTRACT
The Federal Government of Nigeria’s proposal to digitize her university libraries is a right step in the right direction. The proposal amongst others intended to enhance the intellectual and manpower development as well as halt and reverse the falling standard of education in the country. The study discovered that for effective actualization of the project, digitization operates with certain components which included: databases, networking, internet, website, email and e-library. Various problems that pose obstacle to the project were identified, especially, poor telecommunication facilities, erratic power supply from NEPA, and poor funding of university libraries, amongst others. The research concluded with recommendations to meet with the challenges and make the project a huge success.

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