The Federal Government has taken steps towards ensuring that global standards are maintained in the publishing industry in Nigeria, including enforcing the compulsory deposition of published books with the National Library of Nigeria.
Accordingly, the National Library of Nigeria is to hold a series of free workshops across the country in order to sensitise Nigerians, especially those in the publishing industry, on the global standards required of all publications.
National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Professor Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina, said: “the government has considered it right for us to ensure publications emanating from Nigeria equally meet global standards of publications as obtained in advanced countries.”
He said the workshops scheduled to hold in four different zones of the country are targeted at publishers, printers, researchers, academics, government printers, librarians, booksellers, authors and all those involved in the various processes of publications.
“Funding has been made available to us to organise these workshops in order to acquaint the relevant stakeholders with what is required of any publication, to make it meet international standards,” he said.
The workshops will focus on the acquisition of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN), International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) and the mandatory deposition by publishers, non-governmental organizations, and faith-based organizations, the private sector, state and federal government agencies of all published titles with the National Library of Nigeria.
Head, public relations division, National Library of Nigeria, Mr Vershima Orvell-Dio, also noted that the first workshop is being held in Lagos between the 15th and 16th of November, while the second workshop would come up in Sokoto between the 28th and 29th of November, and the third workshop in Enugu on the 13th and 14th of December 2017.
The last of the four sessions of the workshop are scheduled to hold in Yola, Adamawa State, on the 17th and 18th January 2018.
In order to ensure a very successful and impactful outcome of the workshops, the National Library of Nigeria has appointed four seasoned academics as coordinators of the respective zones.
Equally, five resource persons are to make presentations in each of the zonal sessions, just as schedule staff of the organization shall make presentations from the official angle.
The event is also an avenue for participants to discuss their challenges in receiving services from the organization as well as how best they wish to be served.