WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY: ITS TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT ON THE ACADEMIC LIBRARY WRITING A PLAN (ACTION PLAN FOR SOME ACTIVITY, ADVERTISING PLAN, COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

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CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

Developments in the digital age have resulted in institutions, especially universities, developing policies to guide them in the establishment of Institutional Repositories (IR) as well as other e- contents, which have become essential infrastructure for scholarship. All over the world, the digital revolution has affected the way scholars create, communicate, and preserve new knowledge, and the development of IR has emerged as a new strategy that allows universities to apply serious, strategic plans to accelerate changes taking place in scholarship and scholarly communication. Most libraries have dual modes for the reason that they are not fully digital libraries (DLs) or fully traditional libraries. Instead they are hybrid libraries, holding printed and digitized materials and also allowing access through subscriptions to larger digital collections. The emergence and expansion of DLs suggest that these resources will significantly contribute to the learning and information across the world. Today’s library is developing into comprehensive collection of digital content worldwide. Collection development of a digital library involves a strategy to link the information and knowledge divides through library digitization (Ayanbode, 2011). In the developed world, DLs are well established in many institutions of higher education. These libraries are made up of several components with collection development policies guiding selection, acquisition, access, storage, and preservation of content.  In order for digital libraries to