Open Educational Resources and Driving Access to Knowledge: Action for Libraries in Nigeria

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2013-11
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Igwe, Ukoha O
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In the world of exponential growth of information and the influx of technologies in diverse formats, access to information and knowledge is a critical issue. Information and knowledge are worthless if access cannot be adequately provided. Knowledge is as important as the level of access provided. Open Educational Resources (OERs) provide strategic channel to access knowledge. They are important where access to information and knowledge is limited. This paper discusses the lead actions libraries in Nigeria can take to drive access to knowledge. The landscape of library operations has changed and is still changing; similarly action points for libraries must also continue to change to adapt and develop new models of operations. It discusses the challenges facing most libraries in Nigeria in harnessing the OERs as tools to improve lives and livelihoods in the march towards the information society. In driving access to knowledge, libraries in Nigeria must strive to bridge the digital divide, explore the potentialities of OERs, create a network of digital libraries, explore the possibilities and potentialities of ICT and make individual local resources accessible over networks. // Paper ID: 294

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Promoting Open Educational Resources,Open Educational Resources (OER),Access,Library and Information Services,Digital Divide
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Nigeria
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Africa
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