Challenges of Open Access to Knowledge: The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Library Experience
In the May issue of the online journal "Library Philosophy and Practice" an article about the state of open access at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU) in Nigeria and the challenges confronting its managers was published:
Chimezie Patrick Uzuegbu and Faustinus U. McAlbert, "Digital Librarians and the Challenges of Open Access to Knowledge: The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU) Library Experience," Library Philosophy and Practice (May 2012)
The development of Internet technology has provided academic and research institutions with a very high level of visibility on the web. As a result, teaching, learning and research is widely improved in the global society today. The intellectual call for knowledge and information dissemination by countless organizations and educational meetings has given birth to a terminology called open access. This initiative is aimed at bringing the knowledge society to a state of free access to all kinds of information and learning material using the Internet and ICT tools. The library plays an important role in sustaining the open access initiative (Das, 2008). Librarians who ensure the organization and dissemination of full-text content of knowledge materials to online communities are the digital librarians.
This paper therefore examines the state of open access in MOUAU, discussing the challenges confronting the managers (digital librarians).
"Library Philosophy and Practice"
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