Emerging trends in the usage of digital library in tertiary institutions in Nigeria: Prospects and challenges

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Oyo State: Department of Home Economics Education, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education

Introduction; Concept of digital library; Features of digital libraries; Trends in the usage of digital resources; Networking/resource sharing/consortium building; Trends in usage of electronics resource; Challenges confronting usage of library resources; Conclusion; Recommendations; References.

This paper focuses on the trends in the usage of digital library in tertiary institution in Nigeria. It examines the concept of digital library and its characteristics. The trends in the use of digital library/resources were discussed under library automated catalogue, Database and Computer Disk Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) E-books and e-journals and Networking or Resource Sharing. Some of the challenges in using digital library were discussed like building digital collection, copyright, maintenance and preservation, large mass irrelevant information, inadequate search skills and high cost of access.