Ensign Makes Case for e-Library



By Daji Sani in Yola

The President of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Prof. Mergee Ensign, has called for the propagation of electronic learning library for easier, improved and qualitative research in all universities in the country.

Ensign who made the call during the 99th bi-annual meeting of the Association of University’s Librarian of Nigerian University (AULNU), held recently in Yola, Adamawa state, admonished the association to inculcate the spirit of contributing positively to the developments of the university’s host communities.

She said the institution has impacted positively on its host community as it has taken off the streets thousands of children of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and children and has provided quality education to higher institutions in Yola by providing them with electronic learning materials.

“The institution being a developmental university mission is to offer services to members of our greater community, hence the need for the school to involve various institutions and organisations on how to benefit from electronic resources.”

The president said the school also introduced the sharing of e-books with institutions that lacks internet connectivity through library on a Flash (LOAF), noting that over 70 institutions have so far benefited from this programme which content is over 500 e-books on a flash drive.

Earlier in her remarks, the AULNU Chairperson, Dr. Blessing Ahiazu, showered encomiums on the management of AUN for the progress it has made since its inception.

She described the annual meeting as home coming for the delegates as they have all come to AUN to be exposed to university learning system through e-library.

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie congratulated AUN for hosting the annual meeting, noting that it is the first time the commission  will come in contact with the programme.

Represented by Prof. Felicia Etim, he promised that the commission is much on top of the challenges facing Nigerian universities.