“We Will not Rest Until the Vision is Fulfilled…” Dr. Christopher Nkiko
As part of measures towards ensuring better service delivery for users of the University’s library, Covenant University Centre for Learning Resources (CLR) has started the process of improving on existing facilities at the centre.
The Director of the Centre, Dr. Christopher Nkiko, made this known on the heels of the University’s emergence as the best-ranked University in Nigeria and the 13th in Africa at the latest Web of Repositories ranking released recently.
Dr. Nkiko said, CLR is responsible for the University’s repositories and is committed to continuously enrich the institution’s repository deposit and improve the Centre’s digitalization processes.
According to him, “Though we are attracting attention from other universities in Nigeria, they have been coming here to learn from us on what we are doing, how we are doing it and the processes, but we would not rest on our oars.
“No doubts we are almost at the best performance level in Nigeria, but there are heights that we are targeting, benchmarking with the very best in the world and visiting other world class university libraries, in a bid to draw inspirations, spot gaps in our operations and improve on whatever they have currently,” he stated.
While alluding to plaudits given to Covenant University CLR from one time president of the Nigerian Library Association, Professor Lenrie Aina, in The Punch of July 21, 2013 (page 67), as one library that could be reckoned with in Nigeria, Dr. Nkiko said, “We can still improve on our performance, become better and compete with the very best in the world.”
Covenant University’s CLR got a facelift since the beginning of the Omega semester, with the procurement and installation of a teleconferencing facility and the creation of additional single reading rooms for postgraduate students who stay behind for extensive study hours and engage in lengthy research work.
In addition, the Centre has over the years sent at least five of its staff to conferences, within and outside the country, in a bid to build capacity, identify and keep abreast with latest trends, and software application in administering library affairs. Apart from this, CLR staff are exposed from time to time to in-house trainings, seminars, workshops and symposia.
Furthermore, the Director affirmed the quality of personnel at the disposal of the University’s Centre for Learning Resources. He said that the process of continuous improvement of the human resources of the centre is one that would not be reneged on, since they are as important as the number of volumes that are acquired each year.
According to him, “None of our personnel here is below M.Sc level and we are presently looking at getting Management approval for foreign trips for some of our staff who are qualified for Postgraduate programme.”
Covenant University’s Centre for Learning Resources has continued to enrich the University’s repositories since its inception, with over 700,000 eBooks generated and 10,000 hardcover materials added every year to her existing resources.
Covenant University’s Centre for Learning Resources has one of the richest online resources in Nigeria and Africa. It is signed up to various online resources to enhance research work for its Faculty and Staff. Among these online databases are EBSCO, JSTOR, AGORA, NUC VIRTUAL LIBRARY, HINARI, OARE, MIT Open Courseware, Science Direct, SAGE, Ebrary, Myilibrary, Scopus and other virtual library components.