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Koha uptake in Nigeria: Prospects & Challenges

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A presentation given via Skype at Kohacon 10 in Wellington, New Zealand

A presentation given via Skype at Kohacon 10 in Wellington, New Zealand

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  • 1. Koha Uptake in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges By: Olugbenga Adara Consultant, Projektlink Konsult Ltd, Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • 2. About Nigeria ● Population of about 150 Million People ● Located in West Africa ● The most populous black nation in the world ● Most functional libraries are academic libraries ● Well over 150 tertiary institutions ( > 100 Universities, > 45 Polytechnic)
  • 3. Where we are in Africa
  • 4. Koha History in Nigeria ● About 13 known Koha Installations ● 1st install at Obafemi Awolowo University in 2001/2002 (Not in use again) ● Koha Version 1.0 ● 2nd install at National Teachers Institute in Kaduna (Not installed by Projektlink) ● Longest running fully active install is Bowen University (Oct. 2007, v 2.9 now 3.02)
  • 5. Current users of Koha in Nigeria (by Projektlink) ● Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State. ● Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan ● National Mathematical Centre, Sheda, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. ● Government House Library, Ilorin, Kwara State ● Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State ● Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. Ekiti State ● Osun State University, Osogbo, Osun State
  • 6. Current users of Koha in Nigeria (by Projektlink) contd. ● Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State ● Osun State Polytechnic, Iree ● Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso ● Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji ● Sickle Cell Foundation, Lagos. ● Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State
  • 7. Prospects of Koha in Nigeria ● An estimate of less than 20% of libraries running an ILS ● Lack of adequate funding makes open source a viable choice in Nigerian Libraries ● Koha (as well as other open source like Dspace etc) is providing opportunities for automation. ● New and young librarians are pushing for as much automation as possible in libraries
  • 8. Challenges ● Poor infrastructure – especially electricity power problems prevalent in Nigeria ● Internet Access – Most OPACs are offline as the Internet Access is unreliable ● Manpower issues – Computer literacy among professional librarians still low. ● Lack of commitment by Heads of Libraries ● Organisation IT Dept rivalry with contractor.
  • 9. Efforts to mitigate challenges ● Kyle's offline circulation for when power is off. ● Looking at generating Card catalogues from the system (Koha 3.2) ● Workshops to improve knowledge of users.
  • 10. Projektlink's efforts to encourage the adoption of Koha ● Organised a free workshop to sensitize Librarians on Koha and its features ● Encouraging libraries to form a Koha Users Group for self help and support. This was launched in June 2010. ● We attend as many Nigerian Library Association events as we can, publicising Koha ● At least, the Koha brand is now known in Nigeria compared to 3 years ago.
  • 11. Next steps? ● Translation of Koha into major Nigerian languages, including English – Nigerian ● Encouraging librarians to participate in the Koha community, thereby possibly getting relevant features peculiar to our library environment in koha
  • 12. Conclusion ● Koha is the giant on whose shoulders we hope Nigerian Libraries will stand to achieve our Millenium Development Goals ● Thanks to everyone who make the software possible and special thanks to HLT for starting this. ● Thanks to Chris, Kristina, Joann, Bob and everyone who still made it possible to deliver this paper. ● Kohacon in Nigeria before the Next 10 years!
  • 13. Questions Thank you