QUALITY ASSURANCE IN KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT & DISSEMINATION
Imo, Nwabuisi Thomas Principal Librarian Coordinator
Ugwuanyi, Chijioke F. Principal Librarian Member
Ezema, Jonas Ifeanyi Principal Librarian Member
Asogwa, Caroline Ngozi Principal Programmer Member
Igbo, Harriet Uche Librarian I Member
Ihekweaba, Emmanuel Librarian I Member
Helen, Nneka Okpala Librarian I Member
Asogwa, Jonas Chinagorom Electronics Engin. Research Assistant
GROUP NAME: QUALITY ASSURANCE IN KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT & DISSEMINATION.
RESEARCH FOCUS: CURRENT PRACTICES IN CATALOGUING, CLASSIFICATION & INDEXING IN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT.
PROPOSED RESEARCH TOPICS:
- The effect of online environment on the classification techniques of Librarians in University Libraries.
- Developing standard metadata for building Institutional Repositories (IR) in Nigerian University Libraries: The need for synergy between programmers and librarians in Library Management Software (LMS) development.
- Universal Availability of Publication (UAP) and visibility of Nigerian endogenous knowledge: The need for standardized cataloguing and indexing practices in Nigerian University Libraries.
- Towards a shared approach to digitization projects in Nigerian University Libraries: The need for standards in metadata development.
- Evaluation of procedure for software development and use in cataloguing and classification in Nigerian University Libraries.
Global knowledge is the aggregate of knowledge products generated in different research institutions and Universities around the world. These knowledge products are normally reported inform of conference proceedings, journal articles, seminar report, committee reports, students theses and dissertations, patents, and monographs such as published books, inaugural lectures, valedictory lectures, convocation lectures, technical reports etc. Societal development is only possible when these pockets of knowledge products are disseminated and critically examined by the reading public. One fundamental requirement in global knowledge dissemination is the provision of libraries. Research institutes and Universities are built around their libraries. It is important to note that the quality of these institutions is positively correlated to the quality of the libraries that serve them.
The primary objective of the library is to bring together the library user and the document/information resources which would solve his/her information need. The fundamental principle/theory which guides this function is bibliographic control. Bibliographic control is all activities involved in creating, organizing, managing and maintaining the file of records held in a library. This is made possible through the scientific description and subject analysis by means of uniform catalogue code, classification scheme and name authorities. Bibliographic control according to Haglar (1991) involves:-
- The identification of the existence of all possible document (information) produced in every medium;
- Identifying the works contained within these documents as part of them (including articles in journals, papers published in conference proceedings, the content of anthologies etc).
- Producing list of these documents and works prepared according to standard rules for citation.
- Providing all useful access points (indexes) to these list including at least some access by name, title and subject;
- Providing some means of locating a copy of each document in a library or other accessible collection.
Evidence from Nigerian research institutes and universities indicates that this aspect of library work is grossly neglected. As a result of this, frustration and under utilization of information resources for research purposes are rampant in these institutions. This has eventually led to the neglect of libraries. Therefore the main objective of this research group is to situate knowledge organization and dissemination in Nigerian research institutes and universities within the global trends with a view to addressing the root cause of the decay in the library system and examine possible remedies to this state of affairs.
Imo Nwabuisi Thomas is an academic Librarian chartered under the Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) decree 12 of 1995. An indexer and Cataloguer with many years experience. He has worked in most sections of the library and has headed a couple of them. He has attended a number of conferences and workshops locally and internationally. Research and publication interests include library automation, Cataloguing, Classification, Indexing and Library management software. Currently he is a doctoral student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Ugwuanyi, Chijioke Ferdinand is a Principal Librarian at Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka., He has published extensively in local and international journals. His area of interest is Cataloguing and metadata in electronic environment. He is currently a PhD student of Library and Information Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
EZEMA, Jonas Ifeanyichukwu (CLN, Ph.D) is a Principal Librarian with Nnamdi Azikiwe Library University of Nigeria. Dr. Ezema holds Bachelors Degree (BA) in Library Science/ English, Masters in Library and Information Science (MLS) and Ph.D in Information Science from University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is currently the Digital Librarian University of Nigeria Library. He has published research papers in many international and local journals.
Asogwa, Caroline Ngozi is a Principal Programmer with the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria Nsukka. She equally teaches in Department of computer Science as a part time lecturer. She is currently a doctoral student in computer science department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Main research interest is Software Development with focus on Artificial Neural Networks and Digital Libraries.
Igbo, Harriet Uche (CLN) is currently Librarian I at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is a Research Consultant for the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology. Her research interest includes issues surrounding providing access to information to library users and information literacy. She has several journal articles in this area and is currently conducting a study on the impact of the digital library system on students’ access to information resources. She undertakes back – of the – book indexing work for book writers and publishers as a contribution to enhancing access to information.
Ihekwoaba Emmanuel Chukwudi is a Librarian I at Nnamdi Azikiwe library UNN. He is interested in ICT application in Libraries, e-libraries, Digital libraries and Advanced Cataloguing and Classification. He has up to 12 years post qualification cognate experience. Emmanuel has published a book chapter and several Articles in reputable Library and Information Science Journals locally and internationally. He is presently contributing to library education, research and Scholarship by teaching at the undergraduate and Post graduate levels in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is currently a doctoral student of Library and Information Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Helen Nneka Okpala (MLS) is a Librarian 1, working in Nnamdi Azikiwe Library University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is a doctoral student at the same University. She has worked for more than seven years and her research interest is majorly on current practices in library service. Helen is well published in international and local journals in the area of library and information science.
Asogwa, Jonas Chinagorom, is a graduate of Electronic Engineering (Second Class Honours Upper Division). His interest is in Programming Languages and Software Development.