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THE HISTORY OF THE OLUSEGUN OKE, LIBRARY OGBOMOSO

(Formerly known as Babangida Central Library)

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During the installation of the Chancellor, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola in 1998 by the then President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, an opportunity arose to make a request for the University, a Library was requested for the University. The University’s request was positively granted and a donation of N 30, 000 000 was released.

The necessary procedure was set in motion for the design and construction of an ultra-modern library by Niger Consultants and Adecentro respectively at a cost of N21 million. The Library being a powerhouse of a university, received a lot of attention with all modern facilities.

The innovation made   LAUTECH Ogbomoso Library stand out among comity of university libraries in Nigeria. In actual fact, a large section of the Library had facilities for students to spend 24 hours without any access to the main library.  Thus, the non-residential LAUTECH University students could stay in the Library for as long as they wanted.  The University was lucky to have received (along with other state universities) a grant from the European Community to help with furnishing the Library with books, journals and equipment.

With this development, the main Library of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, started operations in a temporary location near the main entrance of the Institution. The Library was later moved into the purpose-built ultra-modernbuilding known as Babangida Central Library (BCL), which was in the North-West periphery of the University campus.  In line with the philosophy of the University, the library was established to develop individuals who would possess adequate knowledge, skill and capacity to create opportunities for themselves and also for others. Graduates of the University who used the BCL well were expected to be proud of their discipline, attach importance to hard work and generally contribute to the improvement of their society.

Hence, the BLC was conceived to a large extent as a "paperless" Library built around micro formats and automated databases, in which the traditional card catalogues, (key to the collection) would be invisible, or at the best used only as a back-up facility.

The software package in use then was TINLIB, an Integrated Library and Information System (ILIS) developed by the Information Management & Engineering Company (IME) of Britain and based on the company's proprietary fourth generation language called TINman.  The University was the first, and indeed the third Institution in Nigeria to adopt TINLIB and, by that token, it had blazed the trail in Library automation for the National University Commission (NUC) and all the federal universities in Nigeria.

Efforts were made to routinely train patrons (staff and students) in the use of computer to retrieve information on their own.  Since the Library System was on LANSmart (Local Area Network), it was possible for users to search the Library database from Personal Computers and workstations located in various offices outside the Library.  Specific bibliographic enquiries were being met on request as the whole database was edited daily, backed-up weekly and printed out twice a year.

 

Three units were in operation in the Library.  These were:

  • Acquisitions
  • Technical and
  • Readers’ Services

With time, other units, such as, Reference, Audio-Visuals and Database Development were added.

 

The Library came on stream in July, 1990 with the appointment of the University Librarian and service to the University commenced in November, 1990 with the admission of the first set of students.

There was a Library Committee, responsible to the Senate of the University, with the Vice-Chancellor as Chairman.  The Committee ensured the effectiveness of the library services to the university community. At the end of 1994, the Library had a total of twenty-two staff members comprising three professionals, two librarians-in-training and one Higher Technical Officer (Audio-Visuals).  The rest were support staff of various grades.  Two additional senior professional librarians were also appointed.

Approximately 5,000 volumes made up the book stock of the Library while about 60 journal titles were regularly obtained on subscription.  Services requiring books and documents not regularly held by the Library were met through inter-library loans schemes negotiated with university libraries in the South-West states of Nigeria and special libraries across the nation.

The Library observed the following normal opening hours during session:

Weekdays - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

During examinations, extended opening hours were observed as follows:

Weekdays - 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Saturdays and Public Holidays - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Sundays - 12 noon - 6:00 p.m.


The name of the Library was changed from the Babangida Central Library to the Olusegun Oke Library, and now the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in honour of the first Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Olusegun Oke who contributed immensely to the development of the University as the pioneer Vice Chancellor and a reputable Administrator.

The Olusegun Oke Library, Ogbomoso is a storey building with scores of offices, sections, departments, units etcetera. The building houses various administrative, financial, technical and other categories of staff, as well as resources repositories and lots more.

The Library complex also has under it, several branch and faculty libraries found in various sections of the University.

These include but not limited to the following:

1. Faculty of Management Sciences, Library

2. Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, Library

3. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Library

4. Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Library

5. Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Library

6. Faculty of Food and Consumer Sciences, Library

7. College of Health Sciences Library Poat Area, Ogbomoso (Medical library)

8.  College of Health Sciences Library, Isale Osun, Osogbo (Medical library)

9. Pre-Degree Science Programme, Library

10. Open and Distance Learning, Library (E-Library)

The University Library was established as an essential and vital part of the university to conserve knowledge and propel the use of knowledge for teaching, learning and research purposes. The library as an information centre provides the latest knowledge to faculty members in their field for efficient teaching that makes transmission of knowledge possible. Furthermore, the information centre also stands firm in aiding research activities which is one of the aims of establishing the University.

In the same vein, the Library delivers a wide range of services by helping readers and other categories of users with up-to-date library resources to aid teaching and learning as well as maintaining an efficient and effective reference and information service. It is interesting to note that, the university library complex is set up in such a way as to reflect the needs of all departmental staff and students based on the fields of study found in the University.

Objectives of the University Library are to:

Generally, the following are the core objectives of establishing the academic library:

  • To contribute to the realisation of vision and mission of parent institutions;
  • To select, acquire, process, organize, store, preserve and disseminate information to regular and prospective users at all times; and
  • To satisfy the information needs of users.

Specifically, the objectives are to:

  • Provide facilities for teaching, learning and research programmes of the University.
  • Create awareness and unfettered access to information for faculty members, students, researchers and all associated with the University.
  • Provide facilities for all categories of users for intellectual development which is powerful for knowledge acquisition through individual efforts
  • Conserve and preserve knowledge
  • Put knowledge to use for knowledge extension
  • Provide latest knowledge to lecturers in their field for effective and efficient knowledge transmission.

Value statement

1. Recognition of users as our primary focus

2. We are innovative, creative and proactive

3. The library as a segment of the university supports self-education, learning research and scholarship.

4. The library at all times promotes equal access to information

5. We value diversity both in selection of information resources and provision of services

6. We respect and protect our users’ privacy

7. Defense of intellectual freedom is our watchword

8. We encourage flexibility and encourage innovation and staff collaboration.

Core Values

The Olusegun Oke University Library core values are listed below.

1. Access

Using our library collections, trusted online information, and engagement with sister libraries, the Olusegun Oke Library provides access to information and knowledge from diverse perspectives, increasingly available anywhere, anytime as required. We struggle toward providing equal access for all at LAUTECH both at Ogbomoso and Osogbo, and all others in our surrounding communities.

2. Knowledge

LAUTECH Library information resources serve as the foundation on which our patrons create, share, and disseminate knowledge. We share data, evidence, and information to nurture collective knowledge that helps our users succeed.

3. Learning

Library is a key for learning outside the classroom as it supports individual and group learning and collaboration, face-to-face and online. We endeavour to stay current on information and knowledge service practice.

4. Research

With a wealth of information to discover, Olusegun Oke Library is the place to start for conducting research in any field. The calibre of librarians available assists clientele with research projects, from gathering support and ideas to information dissemination

5. Service

Everything we do in the University Library is based on a guiding ethic to provide excellent service that enables our diverse communities to efficiently and effectively complete successful work. We maintain positive relationships with our users and partners in all the campuses.

6. Teaching

The Olusegun Oke library is a teaching library, offering users the opportunity to learn to find, evaluate, and apply information in their work and lives. We orientate users thereby bringing library resources and services to the door step of users.  Our faculty librarians and staff partner with instructors to teach information literacy and research, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills.

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