Lagos State Government on Sunday said it has commenced its digital library project to provide unlimited access to its residents and anyone seeking information about the state through the collection of digital contents in online portals.
The Special Adviser to the state governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, who disclosed this in a statement explained that the portal would be accessible via an internet connection on a range of devices including desktop computers to feature phones.
He said the content would include, among others; E-books on numerous topics, 1,600 videos covering English, Mathematics & Sciences for all classes, 2,000 Study Aids in Key Subject areas for Secondary School subjects, quality research papers from Lagos State Tertiary institutions covering a wide variety of topics to be digitised for the platform, vocational training videos, Creatively presented history lessons as well as online course on coding.
He said the first phase of the digital library would be launched in January 2017, adding that on completion of this phase, the digital library will feature Study Aids, Tutorials, Instructional Videos and selected e-books for Primary to SS3 approved texts, Brief History of Lagos State and an Online Forum.
The Special Adviser said that the digital library is principally designated to benefit all Lagosians, just as he said that the platform would be accessible from around the country and around the world.
He added, “It would also be designed to ensure optimal user experience for the designated community, which includes producers of content, publishers of approved school text books
“Lagos State Library Board content providers, external content providers, external providers could include individuals who want to self-publish, providers of study materials who provide their resources for a fee and other third parties.
“One of the key mandates of His Excellency is that we solve problems and create value. In creating the digital library, we are committed to ensuring that we are not just setting up “another online portal” but providing a solution. We will approach the project iteratively and continuously seek feedback from end users and other stakeholders to ensure the content and features provided are value-adding, timely, and innovative.
Bank-Olemoh listed some of the objectives of the digital library to include preserving historic and culture, enhance collaboration, provide tutorials for children, promote local talent and content, create jobs as well as strengthen physical Libraries.