The Lagos state government has said it will be upgrading about 21 school libraries in state public secondary schools into a digital library.
In a statement released by Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education. According to him the digital library will provide ‘unlimited access to knowledge for all through the collection of digital content through an online portal’.
“The digital library is not intended to replace physical libraries, but rather, to extend their reach. Online resources will be supported by a strong offline strategy to promote a reading culture, encourage collaboration and create knowledge hub.” he added
Key features of the library will include“ history, culture and language lessons presented creatively in form of comics, interactive games and other media.”
Clarifying the mode of operation of the library, Obafela said“One of the key mandates of this administration is to 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 also providing a solution.”
A digital library is a special library with a focused collection of digital objects that can include text, visual material, audio material, video material, stored as electronic media formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media), along with means for organizing, storing, and retrieving the files and media for learning and education purposes.
Amongst other things the library will provide jobs to local programmers, artists and young content creators who can plug into the portal with their content.
However, Obafela did not state how they will be able to monetise their content or whether the portal will run on Android and Windows OS that would allow apps and content owners monetise their apps and contents.
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