THE POLYTECHNIC DIGITAL LIBRARY

The Library was established simultaneously with all the other academic departments at Akure in January 1978. It moved from Akure with all other departments to the present Polytechnic permanent site at Ado‑Ekiti in 1983. The Library finally moved from its old temporary building near Abuja male hostel to its new permanent building on 1st April, 2010. The building is located opposite Conference Centre of the Polytechnic, along the School of Engineering road. This new Library is very spacious, well ventilated and can accommodate over one thousand users at a time.

The Polytechnic Digital Library is very rich in print and non-print information resources that are relevant to all programmes offered by the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. As its name applies, the Polytechnic Digital Library has advanced in the digitisation of its collections which is currently in vogue across the globe.

The Polytechnic Digital Library, in her drive to serve the schools and departments better, has just introduced school’s Liaison Librarian outreach. Liaison Librarian is the primary or first contact with the school where he/she is posted. He/she handles queries and the information need of the school that can be in the library collections.

Vision and Mission

The vision of the Polytechnic Digital Library is to be one of the best ICT-compliant libraries in Nigeria. The mission therefore is to provide the latest state of the art ICT resources and services for the advancement of intellectual capability of staff and students in supporting learning, teaching and research.

Divisions

The Library, in its quest to carry out its functions effectively, has been re-structured and organised into the following sections:

a) The Polytechnic Librarian’s Office:

b) Readers Services Division:
i. Circulation Unit
ii. Reference & Reserve Book Unit
iii. Information Services Unit

c) Serials Services Division:
i. Indexing & Abstracting Unit
ii. Africana & Nigeriana Unit
iii. Projects/Theses & Past Question Papers Unit

d) Technical Services Division:
i. Collection Development Unit
ii. Book Finishing Unit
iii. Metadata Unit

e) ICT/E-Libray Division:
i. Digitization Unit
ii. Research, Document & TETFund Unit
iii. Surveillance & Server Room
iv. E-Libray & ILMS

f) Satellite Library Division:
i. School of Business Studies Library
ii. School of Environmental Studies Library
iii. School of Engineering Studies Library
iv. School of Science and Computer Studies Library

Opening Hours

The Library is opened to all registered readers as indicated below:

a) Monday‑Friday ‑ 9.00 am ‑ 8.00 pm
b) Saturdays ‑ 9.00 am ‑ 8.00 pm
c) Sundays – 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm
d) During Holidays ‑ 9.00 am. ‑ 4.00 pm
e) The Library closes for all official public holidays.

Membership

a) All students admitted into the Polytechnic are eligible to register and use the Library.
b) Staff and members of the Polytechnic Community.
c) External users may be allowed to use the Library under inter-library cooperation.

Registration

a) All students are expected to register in the Library at the beginning of every first semester
before they can make use of the Library facilities. The registration may be done on‑line.
b) Each student must complete and sign the registration form.
c) During Library registration, each student must produce evidence of payment of school fees from the Bursary, three passport photographs and a guarantor’s attestation.
N.B. The Guarantor must be a staff of the Polytechnic.
d) Registration is valid for one academic year only, but it may be renewed for another session.

Borrowing of Books

a) Students are allowed to borrow a maximum of two (2) books at a time. The normal duration for borrowing any book from the Library shall be two (2) weeks. However, the books may be renewed for another two (2) weeks.
b) All books borrowed must be returned before the end of every academic year.
c) Students shall be required to pay for books lost or damaged as the estimated cost for replacement.
d) Stealing, mutilation or defacing of books are regarded as serious offences and shall be treated by the appropriate committee.

N.B. Please note that the Polytechnic Librarian reserves the right to suspend or withdraw all Library privileges from any student who contravenes any of the library regulations.

Library Collections (resources)

The Polytechnic Digital Library has the following collections for use by both staff and students:

a) Internet facilities.
b) Workstation for e-library services.
c) Books and journals in various courses that are offered by the Polytechnic.
d) Reference collection e.g. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Yearbooks, Handbooks, Manuals, etc.
e) Provision of Serials (Periodicals) e.g. Daily Newspapers (The Nation, The Guardian, The Punch and Nigerian Tribune), Magazines (Tell, Sunday Nation, Sunday Guardian, Sunday Punch and Sunday Tribune); Newsletters, Journals, Bulletins, Technical Transactions, Proceedings of Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, etc.

(1) Electronic Resources (e-books, e-journals)

Databases Available
i) ProQuest E-Book – The database contains credible content (e-books resources and journals) from authoritative scholarly sources which deliver with breadths and depths of e-books including University Presses, Elsevier and other top Publishers.
ii) EBSCOHOST – e‑Journals that have over five thousand (5,000) Journal Titles in various disciplines.
iii) E‑Granary – e‑Books that contain over one million volumes of books in various courses.
iv) Science Direct – (e‑books, and e‑Journals) This is a database that is rich in science and technology discipline. It contains over two (2) million peer ‑ reviewed articles in science and technology.

v) TEEAL – The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library
vi) AGORAL – Access to Global Online Research on Agriculture
vii) OARE – Online Access to Research and Environment
viii) Online resources from open source from authoritative websites in various subject areas.

(2) Automation

The Library is fully automated with the KOHA Online Public Access Catalogue (Open source
software and Bibliographic database).

Services

The Library offers the following services:
i) Internet Access
ii) Library Orientation Programme for all fresh students at the beginning of every academic session.
iii) Formal teaching on the Use of Library (GNS113)
iv) Reference Services
v) Inter‑library Services
vi) Provision of Internet Facility and online services
vii) Photocopying services
viii) Photographic services (Digital Passports and Large sizes)
ix) CD/DVD Duplication Services
x) Public Address system service for Meetings, Conferences, Seminars, Workshops etc.
xi) Video coverage Services (for all events ‑ social or academic)
xii) Multi-media Projector and Screen (for Workshop/Seminar presentation).
xiii) Lamination of documents, binding of books and projects.
xiv) Digital Printing and Graphics Services
xv) School Liaison Library Services

Schools‘Liaison Librarians perform several functions mandated on them as directed by the office of the Polytechnic Librarian and the Dean of their respective school of posting

School Liaison Librarians perform such functions as:
a) Communicate regularly with the schools officers concerning acquisition of new relevant information resources such as electronic Journal s, e-books. books, journals, teaching aids, instructional support services and any other new library innovative.
b) Collaborate with the schools officers to build and sustain a collection appropriate for departmental needs.
c) Consult with school officers and other academic administrators concerning future academic direction and changes in course offerings that library may offer as support for schools department programmes.
d) Work closely with schools officers during school special projects, such as organization of conferences, workshops and seminars.
e) Provides procedure of obtaining ISBN/ISSN for books and journals publications through the National Library of Nigeria.
f) Monitor research and publishing trends in assigned subject areas.
g) Participate in the schools accreditation exercise.
h) Contribute to debate on proposed new programmes.
i) Keep on refreshing yourself in the assigned schools/ subject areas.
j) Assist students on the knowledge of the library and how to go about research topic project and other general assignment.
k) Make referral to other librarians whenever the need arises.
l) Follow up with your clients or users after the initial research session through their contact or personal contact.
m) Supervise the library assistant that is posted to the school libraries.
n) Present situational reports of the school libraries to the Polytechnic Librarian on regular basis.

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