Saturday, May 28, 2016

100,000 e-books now made available to Nigerian varsities

Nigerian universities now have access to over 100,000 e-books which were made available by the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN).

E-bookExecutive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), made this disclosure at the formal donation of a -four- million dollar worth of e-content to Nigerian universities.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), EBSCOHost, a multinational Information Communication Technology (ICT) firm, made the donation on Thursday, May 26, in Abuja.
Okojie said that by accessing these resources, Nigerian universities and research institutes will be part of more collaborative efforts that would facilitate accreditation of programmes.
Nigerian universities were urged to utilise the resources which were made available on the NgREN at no cost until the end of 2016.

The NgREN has secured access to all EBSCOHost e-books collections and seven EBSCOHost research databases among which is a full text e-journal.
“Others are periodicals and magazines of several academic disciplines and professional specialisations.
“These resources contain more than 100, 000 high-quality e-book titles, 27,100 full text journals, 18, 430 indexed and abstracted journals, 9,041, 400 cited references, daily updates and 630 videos with transcripts and related articles.
“This will in fact, grow the number of available resources in the nation’s university libraries and as a result, heighten research activities among institutions in the Nigerian University System (NUS).
“In addition, it will improve the ranking of Nigerian universities,’’ he said.
In her remark, EBSCOHost’s Vice-President (Sales), Mrs Collen Mills, said that access to e-content could raise the quality of education.


Information Literacy for Postgraduate students of University of Nigeria, Nsukka

The library has a culture of organizing periodical workshop for postgraduate students on Use of Online Resources. This year, the use of reference management software (Mendeley) was introduced and the students found it interesting. See pictures after the cut...

The attendees comprised all Postgraduate diploma, Masters and Ph.D students. Some members of the University staff who are also students in the stated category attended. More photos...
The students were enthusiastic to learn new things to aid them in their research pursuit. More pictures after the cut...


The First of its kind: A Solo Fashion Runway Show in University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

logo_name2There will be a SOLO FASHION RUNWAY SHOW (the first of its kind) by Dr. Mrs. Tochukwu Felicia Okpara, Lecturer and Head of Fashion Section of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

DATE: 3rd June, 2016
VENUE: Basement of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library Complex, UNN.
TIME: 3pm TO 6pm.

All staff and students are invited.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Hope: A Dual purpose Tomato variety for Nigerian farmers and the Cannery

In this time of Tomato scarcity in Nigeria,a lot of people have resorted to other forms of rice recipe, not minding the health implication and all. For instance, the palmnut stew,  popularly called banga or ofe akwu (Ibo) has been taken over family Sunday menus. It is true that so many Nigerians can no longer afford to purchase tomato in the market, especially in this hard situation in the Nigeria economy. Three days ago, Information Nigeria posted that making a pot of stew has become a very expensive venture for the Nigerian population and Jollof rice lovers have resolved to using canned tomato paste.

Lots of stories abound in relation with the subject of tomato scarcity in Nigeria. In all, there is need to seek solution; academic research is paramount in finding lasting solution to this problem. There is a project carried out by Professor Michael Ifeanyi Uguru, a professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The project name is: Hope: A Dual purpose Tomato variety for Nigerian farmers and the Cannery. 

Prof. Uguru exhibited this research produce, alongside other projects at the 55th University of Nigeria Nsukka Founders' Day held in October, 2015. The library captured the exhibition which can be found on Youtube. The link can be found here:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today - May 26, 2016 is Red Nose Day! May

Have you heard of Red Nose Day before? Of course, in Nigeria, there is no RED NOSE DAY.
Red Nose Day is the day in the U.S. annually and every two years in the UK, when people across the land can get together and do something funny for money at home, school and work. There’s a fantastic night of TV, with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously. The event debuted in the U.S. in 2015 and is back again this year for another star-studded live TV event and day of fun-raising in the U.S. on May 26!

Red Nose Day is a special day for Americans to come together to have fun and make a difference for kids.
Red Nose Day returns this year to the U.S. on Thursday May 26, 2016. The day's events will culminate in a two-hour live primetime TV special on NBC, featuring the biggest stars across comedy, music, TV and film. Funds raised go to the Red Nose Day Fund which distributes the money through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day USA is run by Comic Relief Inc. in the U.S. and Comic Relief UK are independent sister organizations that are joined by their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty and the mission to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. 


Nigeria Librarian wins Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship for the 2016/2017

Nigerian Librarian, Dr(Mrs) Yetunde Zaid has won the prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship.  

Dr (Mrs) Yetunde Zaid, Head, Reader's Services Department, University Library, University of Lagos has just been awarded the Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship for the 2016/2017 session.
Dr Zaid who will be in the United States for the 9 months programme is the first female, and the  second librarian in Nigeria to win the esteemed and competitive award after Dr  Benedict Oladele, the University Librarian, University of Ibadan,  who won the award 14years ago.
More library and information professionals are encouraged to apply for Fulbright programs:
Call for applications for the following Fulbright programs as published by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. consulate are currently open:
  • The Fulbright Junior Staff Development (JSD) Program for the 2017/2018 academic year.
  •    Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for the 2017/2018 academic year.
  •  Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program in Yoruba for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Please visit for more information
Or contact:
 Dr B.A. Oldele –  || Dr Yetunde Zaid -  


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Library staff meeting

The University Librarian, Dr. Chinwe N. Ezeani called for a meeting of all library staff to share her achievements, experiences and future plans for the library. She also used the opportunity to introduce the new librarians added to the workforce whom she termed 'firebrands'. See photos after the cut...
The University Librarian, addressing staff
Newly employed librarians.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Climate change adaptation in food security and natural resource management

Every year it becomes clearer that climate change is happening at a rapid pace and that it will have a profound impact on agriculture and management of natural resources. Without appropriate responses, climate change is likely to constrain economic development and poverty reduction efforts.

Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Date Mon 30 January 2017 until Fri 10 February 2017

Climate change in sustainable development

Become involved with climate-smart strategies

Climate change is again ‘hot’ in public and political debate. Waves of attention seem to have relation with what is happening in international climate negotiations. The upcoming Paris UNFCCC Conference of Parties triggers much reaction from policymakers, NGOs and the private sector. But was have these negotiations to do with local problems and initiatives for climate change adaptation? The focus of this course is the translation of policy documents and research into climate-smart adaptation strategies. And about what you and your organisation can undertake yourself for adaptation to climate change. Participants with an interest to take climate change adaptation further than the paper these policies are written on, are encouraged to apply. The training approach is interactive, with plenary and group work, study assignments, and a personnel action plan.

Course objectives

  1. Participants of this course will have full understanding of climate change adaptation concepts;
  2. They are able to effectively and meaningfully contribute to the debate on climate change adaptation, either in the policy process and/or in providing knowledge to the policy process.
  3. They will strengthen their positions in these processes on the basis of newly acquired concepts, skills and methodologies.
What themes will be covered in the course?
  • understanding climate change (concepts such as adaptation and mitigation, causes and risks) and implications for food security, agriculture and natural resource management;
  • concepts and assessment of vulnerability, resilience, coping strategies and sustainable development processes;
  • climate smart agriculture and natural resource management;
  • examples of adaptation strategies to climate change;
  • policy making processes, advocacy and integrating climate change issues into existing policy processes and rural development strategies.

Target audience

Applicants should have a relevant tertiary education, and at least three years of professional experience in a relevant field like policy development in agriculture, natural resource management or sustainable development. Competence in the English language is required.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

University of Nigeria Library QR Codes

Scan the QR (Quick Response) codes to gain quick access to our various resources as clearly stated in the image, access our social media platforms, and also chat with a librarian.

 What is a QR Code?
QR code is a short form for Quick Response code designed to contain more information in less space. It is a mobile technology downloadable to any smartphone or tablet device and can scan images like camera.

Library Use by students.

How many of our students do visit the library immediately the school resumes for a new session? How many times do students consult library materials for their assignments and projects? These are critical questions we all need to find answers to, although it can be attested to, that not many students visit the library when it is not yet time for exams. Few days back a student was witnessed, speaking to the library porters, that she 'hates' coming to the library. Can you imagine that? How can a student be a library hater and proud to say that? This is very appalling. How then can librarians make students to 'love' visiting the library? Please provide your feedback.
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