In a groundbreaking development that enhances the reach of knowledge and information, the National Library of Nigeria proudly presented its advanced Multi-Disciplinary E-Library Platform, named ‘Boldscholar.’
The official launch was held on Friday at the 42nd international convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), hosted in the Chinua Achebe International Conference Centre, located within the Mamman Vatsa Writers Village in Mpape, Abuja.
The platform marks a significant accomplishment for the National Library of Nigeria, reflecting its commitment to preserving and sharing knowledge. ‘Boldscholar’ is designed to meet the increasing need for accessible and varied academic materials in our dynamic digital era.
Prof. Chinwe Anunobi, the National Librarian, shared her excitement about the initiative, highlighting its role in enhancing the capabilities of information sector participants.
Prof. Anunobi stated, “The National Library is delighted to consolidate all online Nigerian publications into a secure repository. We ensure seamless access via the National Library’s Internet Protocol (IP), which is both unhindered and distinctive.
“The platform will act as a remarkable database, offering mutual benefits to all information sector entities, including authors, publishers, printers, users, and the National Library, which serves as the custodian of national memory. It will also safeguard our history.”
“Esteemed guests, ‘Boldscholar’ is set to revolutionise the landscape as Nigeria’s and indeed Sub-Saharan Africa’s inaugural platform of this nature. I urge you to engage with this service, delve into its offerings, and fully utilise its advantages.”
Mr. Chukwuemeka Godswill, the CEO of Boldscholar, also addressed the gathering, explaining, “Boldscholar was conceived to enhance the online presence of Nigerian-authored books, facilitate scholarly access, and compile journals from Nigerian higher education institutions for worldwide exposure and impact factor growth.”
He further elaborated, “The platform will expedite e-learning’s spread in Nigeria and across Africa by granting straightforward access to the necessary digital study materials, including audio books for the visually impaired.”
Godswill concluded by noting that Boldscholar will empower Nigerian higher education institutions and authors to monetize their intellectual assets (journals and books) by establishing a system that rewards them for each page researchers access.