SERVICOM, University of Nigeria holds training for academic staff

On Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd March 2017, there was an induction programme held for academic and technical staff of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. This was organized by the SERVICOM unit in collaboration with the University administration. The Director of the UNN Servicom unit is Professor Chike Ofuebe. This hard-working and erudite Professor has been performing greatly with his team members since inception of the unit. Many workshops have been organized by the unit among which is the recently concluded induction of newly appointed staff of the University. Participants were of the view that this kind of programme be organized more often than not, so as to enlighten the University staff on ethical issues in the University system. See pictures after the cut…

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The DVC (Academic), Prof. James Ogbonna

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DVC (Admin), Prof. Charles Igwe

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Professor Chike Ofuebe – Servicom Director, UNN

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Attendees

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Prof. Ichoku, delivering his lecture on ‘Writing for quality quality journals’

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Attendees at the grand finale

 

 

 

Open mind to Open Access

Visit University of Nigeria Nsukka Website: http://www.unn.edu.ng

What informs the title of this post is my feeling that open access has to do with openness of the mind where people enjoy sharing information, hoping for it to be used, re-shared and re-used. It is true that publishers have to make money especially after investing so much to come out with a 300-page document or thereabout and so, would need to close-up content, granting access with pay. But then a better truth is that a closed book is a closed generation. With an open mind, we all can achieve Open Access by publishers seeking for grants for instance, to publish their books and journals; authors paying for their articles to be open, even when the journal is closed access. Open Access materials are easily downloaded and cited. It has been found that ‘Open access (OA) to the research literature has the potential to accelerate recognition and dissemination of research findings’ (Eysenbach, 2006) . Paul Jump wrote an article which was published in Times Higher Education (THE)  . The article reads: “Open Access papers gain more traffic and citations’. In 2015, the Cybermetrics Lab commenced with the Webometrics Ranking of Institutions based on Scholarly Publications and Google Scholar is the platform for the ranking. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka has consecutively come out tops in Nigeria, being number one. The Institutional Repository which is the University Library Project, runs on DSpace which is an Open Source software. Materials deposited on Dspace are automatically indexed by Google Scholar.

Looking up the statistics of the University staff publications uploaded on Dspace, I could only find fourteen [14] records which comes under Library Staff Publications. Imagine where all the publications of staff of the University are uploaded on the Repository, how much accessible they would be and also, prone to be indexed by Google Scholar. This will tremendously add to the visibility of the staff and University.

No doubt, most lecturers have an uneasy state of mind due to copyright issues, but then there is need for an open mind due to the provision of the Publisher’s website, a.k.a. Sherpa Romeo. This website xrays vividly, Publisher’s copyright & archiving policies.  As contained in one of the documents which I articulated for a University Committee meeting which held recently:

‘Authors should not sign away their copyright to a publisher, but even if they do, it may be possible to upload a version of their paper to the repository (two thirds of publishers allow some form of ‘self-archiving’). Authors can visit the Sherpa RoMEO website for enlightenment: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo

***Sherpa RoMEO is referred to as the Publisher’s Website. This website permits authors to view the publishers’ policies and permissions. If an author is confuses about depositing his article in a repository, Sherpa Romeo will give guide via the keys provided. Some publishers permit the archiving of only pre-print of articles, etc. There is what we call ‘Romeo Colours’. If the journal in question is green, it then means the author can archive pre-print and post-print of the article published the journal’.

For the purpose of emphasis, Matt Todd from the University of Sydney wrote:

“It’s so exciting to see gains being made and to demonstrate to people how much more productive and efficient research can be if you are open.”*

*[https://sparcopen.org/impact-story/open-source-malaria-consortium/]

As found on SPARC website,there is a Consortium called  The Open Source Malaria Consortium which invites scientists to freely share their research on anti-malaria drugs through a transparent, online platform. The hope is to accelerate discovery of new drug candidates to be entered into pre-clinical development. All data and ideas are shared openly. There are no patents.

It has resulted that since its launch, the Open Source Malaria Consortium has attracted more than a hundred contributors who post their drug discovery and development findings, discuss their work, and build on each other’s ideas for potential cures. The project serves as a repository of projects so researchers can see what molecules have and have not proven promising. All information is machine discoverable so others can locate the work and reuse the data (https://sparcopen.org/impact-story/open-source-malaria-consortium/).

To read more about Open Access, please GOOGLE it! (I hope that helps?)

You can also read this article from my ‘Free Information’ Blog: www.frib.info

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Open Access Week at Elizade University, Akure.

It was an honour being  invited on 25th October, 2016 for the Open Access 2016 week at Elizade University, Akure to serve as a resource person on the topic: ‘Institutional Repositories and Webometrics Ranking’. It was a wonderful outing and all participants really gained knew knowledge, judging from the survey results gathered. See pictures>>>

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A visit to University of Johannesburg Library, South Africa

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A snapshot with Ms Reneka, the amazing lady.

Times Higher Education Summit in Accra Ghana, 2016

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Helen at University of Ghana, Legon, Accra for the Times Higher Education Summit in 2016.

University of Nigeria Nsukka Librarians get trained on Social Media Use

The Library Administration called for a training of all librarians and library officers, in line with the mandate of the University Administration, that all staff should engage in social media activities for academic purposes. The training which was an attempt to introduce the library staff to the online platforms of the library, held on 3rd March, 2017 at the Special IT Project Unit. The presentation, training and hands-on session was done by Mrs Helen Nneka Okpala, In attendance was the University Librarian in the person of Prof. Mrs C. N. Ezeani, all Deputy University Librarians, and other staff. . At the end of the training, many participants were able to create their blog. Some of the blogs that participants created after the training are (click on blog title to view):

Justina Ekere Blog                                                               Uche Igbo’s Blog
Tonia Amaka Ejikeme’s Blog                                            Reference Desk    
Dr. .Michael Okoye’s Professional Blog                         Nkem’s Blog
Imo Nwabuisi’s Blog

See pictures after the cut…

Helen Okpala taking the class

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University of Abuja Library Training

On 4th October, 2016 at University of Abuja, I trained some University of Abuja librarians and academic staff  on Using Social Network Platforms for library services such as: Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Mendeley and Zotero reference management systems were also introduced to the participants as a way of preparing them for a more robust training in the future. I began by relating the essence of social media in library services and why libraries need to key into this trend as it has been observed that most library users are on social media and invest more time chatting and sharing ideas. Most libraries abroad are on social media and connecting with their users. The essence of the training was to let the librarians know the relevance of blogs, twitter, Facebook, Mendeley and Zotero in Library practices. The social media platforms are what they should use to reach out to their patrons while the Reference Management Systems are for reference building and building researcher profiles for collaboration and publicizing of academic works.See original post here: http://okpalahelen.blogspot.com.ng     See pictures:

Helen Okpala guiding the participants

A view of enthusiastic participants

#AMVCA2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2017…and the Winner is…

The long-awaited event took place on 4th March, 2016 at Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos and hosted again by IK Osakiodu and Minnie Dlamini. The red carpet was awesome, featuring lots of artists full of glamour in the likes of Rita Dominic, Funke Akindele, Mercy Johnson, Richard Mofe Damijo, to mention but a few. The winner of The Voice Nigeria 2016 – Arese, sang beautifully and also, DNA (The Voice 2016 Twins) performed their debut single which was awesome. These guys – DNA of #TheVoiceNigeria are going places. They are so talented and Naija-blooded (my words) big time. I bet you, it is not by winning the show. They did not win THE VOICE Nigeria 2016, but they may end up hitting it BIG time! This their debut single is cool meeeehn! To cap it all, Waje the nightingale, hooted beautifully with her sweet, melodious voice. It was a collabo, and the song was done as a symbol of ‘I stand against Xenobophia’ Well…the main essence of the gathering was to witness the winners take their awards. As usual, there were lots of ‘…and the winner is…’. One could count a thousand and one of those words. Ah…Okey Bakassi blew it with a unique Igbo proverb: ‘nwanyi na-acho di na-agba oto arahu ura’. This interprets directly, that a woman seeking the fruit of the womb sleeps naked. True? Awww! I wonder what he meant by that anyway. I think we should give it up for Funke Akindele – Best Actress in Comedy. I’m liking her more, really. She’s really funny – ‘Cast and Kerewu’ for ‘Cast and Crew’, etc. Jenifa’s Diary has got it big time. I love what she said: “I don’t have a life. Thank God I married a very supportive husband…I practically live in the studio, putting this together…”

Without typing away (my words) the essence of this post, here comes the complete list of the Winners. As sourced from the official website of Africa Magic, here is the AMVCA2017 complete winners list:

BEST SHORTFILM – OGO OKPUE – CAT FACE

BEST SOUND TRACK/ORIGINAL SCORE MOVIE/TV SERIES – MICHAEL ‘THE TRUTH’ OGUNLADE – THE ENCOUNTER

BEST SOUND EDITOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES) – GUY STEER – VAYA

BEST PICTURE EDITOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES) – NNODIM CHIGOZIE & PAULA PETERSON – OLOIBIRI

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER PAT EGWURUBE – 76

BEST MAKE UP ARTIST (MOVIE/TV SERIES) – HAKEEM ONILOGBO AJIBOLA/PEREKEME ODON – OLOIBIRI

BEST ART DIRECTOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES) – PAT NEBO – 76

BEST WRITER MOVIE/TV SERIES – CRAIG FREIMOND/ TSHABALIRA LEBAKENG/ ANTHONY MAFELA / DAVID MAJOKA / MADODA NTULI / HARRIET PERLMAN / ROBBIE THORPE – VAYA

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER (MOVIE/TV SERIES) – LANCE GEWER – HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER (MOVIE/TV SERIES) – ELLIOT SEWAPE – 93 DAYS

BEST DOCUMENTARY – UGA CARLINI – ALISON

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA – DAVID JONES DAVID

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA – MEG OTANWA

BEST DRAMA – TINSEL

 BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – DEBORAH ANUNGWA

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY             – SAMUEL AJIBOLA

BEST COMEDY – THE JOHNSONS

BEST MOVIE (SOUTH AFRICA) – ELVIS CHUKS – ALL ABOUT LOVE

BEST MOVIE (EAST AFRICA) – SARIKA HEMI LAKHANI – KATI KATI

BEST MOVIE (WEST AFRICA) – ROGERS OFIME – OLOIBIRI

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – FUNKE AKINDELE – JENIFAS DIARY

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – SWAHILI – DAUDI OTIENO ANGUKA – ZILIZALA

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – IGBO – CREY AHANONU – AMONYE-BU-ONYE

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – HAUSA – TIJJANI SHEHU YAHAYA – YAKI DA ZUCIYA

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – YORUBA – ABIODUN JIMOH, JUMOKE ODETOLA – SOMEWHERE IN THE DARK

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY MOVIE/TV SERIES – IMEH BISHOP UMOH – THE BOSS IS MINE

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY MOVIE/TV SERIES            FUNKE AKINDELE – JENIFAS DIARY

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA MOVIE/TV SERIES – SAMBASA NZERIBE – SLOW COUNTRY

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA MOVIE/TV SERIES – RITA DOMINIC – 76

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DAMA MOVIE/TV SERIES – ROTIMI SALAMI – JUST NOT MARRIED

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DAMA MOVIE/TV SERIES – EBELE OKARO ONYUIKE – FOUR ONE LOVE

BEST DIRECTOR (MOVIE) – IZU OJUKWU – 76

BEST OVERALL MOVIE – ADONIJAH OWIRIWA / IZU OJUKWU – 76

University of Nigeria Nsukka 46th Convocation Ceremonies

Check out @CeremonialsUnn’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/CeremonialsUnn/status/823663813052526595?s=09

A visit to Community Secondary School, Obukpa , Nsukka to speak on Developing Reading Culture…’

Sometime in September 2016, I had a visitor at the office who was patiently waiting to see me. I had earlier stepped out to attend to a few things. When I returned, I met this ‘Corner Shun’ or ‘Ajuwaya’ as many would call them in Nigeria. Corper Peter was determined to see former Corper Helen (me) whom he bumped into while he was READING through a Community Development Project Report available on this blog. Take note of the word, ‘reading’ (capitalized). Yes, this post is all about ‘Reading, stayng hungry and staying foolish (Peter Chia). According to Peter Chia, he was surfing the net and bumped into my Community Development Report which I posted on this blog. He shared his experience of having facilitated the establishment of a school library for CSS, Obukpa and currently attracted another project for the school CSS, Obukpa) where he is serving. Peter Chia has done wonderfully well for CSS, Obukpa which made the Principal of the School – Chief Eze Johnson Uche, the staff and students of the School fall in love with him. He asked for me to share my personal experiences of  the Library Project which I carried out in Niger State, Mokwa, 2005 as a corper which fetched me the Governor’s Award. He told his Principal about me and our discussion ended up with them  offering me an invitation to CSS, Obukpa to speak to the entire school on the need to inculcate  good reading culture and utilizing the school library in this effort. Now that the Library has been set up, especially after the old library building got burnt (as the Principal informed us), there is need for students and teachers of the School to take reading as a habit. As we arrived, the students were called out on the Assembly ground. I was surprised to behold a multitude of students trickling out. The Principal introduced me to his staff and students and I took over. I spoke and charged the audience to make reading their lifestyle 😀

The benefits of using the Library was unleashed and illustrations given. I advocated for ‘Library Hour’s to be created in the school to enforce proper use of the Library in the school. I also encouraged the teachers to utilize the library also, in teaching the students. Afterall, in the context of objectives of school libraries as stipulated by UNESCO, libraries are not meant for students only.  After my talk, Peter Chia gave them an inspirational talk gearing towards making reading a lifestyle. He told them that he got in contact with many great people (which includes me, right?😋) from the pages of books and websites. On this note, I state that  ‘Reading matches you with destiny’. Much knowledge are hidden in the pages of a book. He ended his talk with the saying: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’. This means that you should hunger for more knowledge even when people think you are foolish. Remain foolish by not attending all the parties in thee world. Get busy and let your friends hate you for reading.

This was followed by the Principal coming up to appreciate us for doing justice to the talks. He shared an inspiring story about reading and ended by saying they all choose to be Oliver Twists so that we could always visit their school to help build the personnel and students. After the students were dismissed, we headed to the library which had already been commissioned. Mr. Damian is the teacher-librarian that mans the library, alongside a school library prefect. Coming in contact with them reminded me of my days in the secondary school as the deputy school librarian.   Find pictures after the cut…

Students rushing to the assembly ground.

The Principal invites me to speak

Helen Okpala Speaking to the students.

Addressing the students

Trying to find out if students knew their purpose of being in school