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Title: Achieving the 4IR University Library in Sub- Saharan Africa: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges
Authors: Nkiko, Christopher
Okuonghae, Omorodion
Keywords: Library Trends;
University Library;
Artificial Intelligence;
Research Data Management;
Open Scholarly communication
Issue Date: Aug-2021
Publisher: Folia Toruniensia
Abstract: The paper examined the university library in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the preconditions for achieving and sustaining the same in Nigeria. 4IR is characterized by a level of automation, deployment of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence, internet connectivity and accessibility to the global information network, subscription to reputable online databases, quality and comprehensive collection in diverse formats, preponderance of digital natives among patrons, increased demand for seamless access to online resources and virtual operations, new library spaces (learning commons, research commons and makerspace), open scholarly communication, research data management, social mediation applications, digital curation and preservation. The challenges militating against effective crystallization of 4IR university libraries include: financial constraints, inadequate infrastructure, resistance to change, inadequate skills and competencies, security and intrusion issues, lack of exposure to international standards.
Description: Staff Publication
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