Thursday, October 31, 2013

Theodore Roosevelt Scrapbooks Digitized

Houghton’s collaborative digitization project of the Theodore Roosevelt manuscript materials with Dickinson State University in North Dakota includes 11 scrapbooks. Newspaper clippings dominate the majority of the materials pasted into the scrapbooks, browse his personal scrapbooks, fully digitized & online 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Libraries Play A Central Role in Connected Learning | The Digital Shift 2013

The Internet offers today’s youth unprecedented opportunities to connect with peers and seek knowledge in almost any area of interest—and libraries are uniquely positioned to play a central role in this learning, according to Mimi Ito, professor and cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, and principal investigator for Connected Learning, a new education model funded by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative. “As educators we can do much more in supporting, navigating, and curating this for young people.     .... Karyn M. Peterson

Reinventing Libraries Keynote Panel Looks into Industry’s Future | The Digital Shift 2013

last week’s “The Digital Shift” virtual event, “Reinventing Libraries,” produced by Library Journal and School Library Journal, looked at the broad spectrum of ways in which libraries are remaking themselves and rethinking their missions—and how to accomplish them—in the digital age. Throughout the day, panelists gave presentations, took questions from honing new skills, developing new ones, and thinking ahead about what assets will make a successful library—and a successful librarian—in the future. By Ian Chant

Monday, October 21, 2013

At Library of Congress, changes are afoot in technology as well as in physical space

The Library of Congress no longer needs the computer room that visitors once used to search its electronic card catalogue. These days the entire library has a wireless Internet connection, so workers this summer put a collection of old microfilm machines in that room instead.

Meanwhile, the library’s old-school physical catalogues, the kind filled with carefully penned index cards, have long since been relegated to cool basement hallways where schoolchildren marvel at their obscurity.

By Adrienne LaFrance

Friday, October 4, 2013

Libraries Change Lives….

Libraries Change Lives….

Individuals and communities have a right to libraries…

As a child, I dreamed of changing the world. And then I encountered Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” I realized that dreams become reality only when we take action. So I embarked on a lifelong path to “being” the change through
librarianship……..Barbara, K.S.

WorldCat database reaches 2 billion holdings….

WorldCat database reaches 2 billion holdings….

WorldCat (a global catalog of library collections) is a database of bibliographic information created and continuously updated by some 25,000 OCLC member libraries around the world. WorldCat records describe specific works and contain a listing of institutions that own an item, referred to as "holdings." Institutions use holdings information to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

35 Powerful Cloud Tools for Modern Librarians

35 Powerful Cloud Tools for Modern Librarians

New 35 Powerful Cloud Tools for Modern Librarians – Stephen's Lighthouse

These tools work as an alternative to Microsoft’s expensive Office Suite. Choose from the products below to save money on expensive software licensing while also keeping software current with more frequent updates. These Cloud apps may also integrate with automation services.


JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers

JSTOR has launched JPASS, a new program offering individual users subscription-based access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR’s archive collection.

'The most beautiful people are in the library'...

'The most beautiful people are in the library'...

'The most beautiful people are in the library'...

'The most beautiful people are in the library'...

'The most beautiful people are in the library'...

'The most beautiful people are in the library'...

Objectives and Services of the National Library of Nigeria

To provide for the nation a source of intellectual support and stimulus for advancement in all fields of human endeavour, particularly in academic, social, cultural, scientific and technological enterprise.

To provide comprehensive and rich collection for reference and research in all fields within and beyond the nations physical boundaries, and

 To ensure for the nation a place in the community of nations which depend on knowledge and original ideas for survival.


Legal Deposits
Bibliographic Control Services
Court Subpoena and Summons
Issuance of ISBN, ISSN, ISMN
Production of National Bibliography of Nigeria (NBN)
To Establish and maintain a Branch of the National Library of Nigeria in each state
Readership Promotion Campaign (RPC)
Book Gifts and Exchanges
Virtual Library Services – ICT, Content Development, Internet Services
Provision of Reference and Document Delivery Services
Publication of Catalogues, Classification tools, indexes and Seminar Research Aids
Maintenance of Cataloguing Standards
E-Resources – i.e EBSCO
Promotion of Research in the field of Library and Information Science
Library Development, Consultancy and Technical Services
Exhibitions and Displays


The idea of setting up the National Library of Nigeria began with the role of the Nigerian Division of West African Library Association (WALA) whose efforts and activities were more directly connected with the realization of the dream for a National Library of Nigeria, a dream that dated back 1930s.

Following the recommendation of the Nigerian Division of (WALA), which later became the Nigerian Library Association in 1962, a Library Advisory committee was established in the late 50`s.  This Committee had the assignment of working out plans for library services in the country and to persuade the government to agree to set up a National Library.  On the attainment of independence, the Nigerian government embraced the idea of a National Library as proposed by the association.

The Ford Foundation of America agreed not only to finance but also provide the necessary expertise for a feasibility study. The survey recommended a National Library of Nigeria, thus backing up the recommendation of the Library Advisory Committee.

Dr Carl White a distinguished Scholar/Librarian was appointed to come to Nigeria in February 1962 to assist in setting up necessary technical personnel for the National Library. Thus, in September 1964, the government passed the first legislation

The National Library of Nigeria came into existence by the National Library Act passed in September, 1964.  This Act was later replaced and substituted with the National Library Decree No 29 of 1970.  It is a grade “A” parastatal and the apex library in the country.  It is the giant memory of the nation, her intellectual store house and data bank for learning and remembering process.  It is the Vanguard of library development and information services delivery, advising institutions, organizations and MDAs at all levels of government on library development.

Mission, Vision and Mandate of the National Library of Nigeria


To acquire, process, organize, disseminate as well as provide links to information resources for their educational pursuits and informed decision making.


Ensure the building of an informed and enlightened citizenry through the provision of information resources that are readily available and easily accessible.

The National Library of Nigeria is the apex Library and the giant memory of the nation.  It is the intellectual store-house and the databank of learning in the remembrance process.

Established by Act No. 29 of 1970.  Its mandate is:

to establish and maintain in accordance with this Act, the National Library of Nigeria, and
to provide in accordance with this Act such services as in the opinion of the Board are usually provided by national libraries of the highest standing