The history of Skyline University Library complex and its collections parallels the history of the University itself. As the institution grew and the Faculties came on board in accordance with its strategic plan and the National University Commission’s approvals, the scope and nature of the Library’s collections developed, it became more physically distributed and expanded in complexity and richness according to disciplines and formats. Aside the physical collections academic institutions must evolve to meet the changing needs of students and faculty. Skyline University Library has not only adapted to this digital age but has emerged as a trailblazer, seamlessly integrating modern technology trailblazer, seamlessly integrating modern technology with the academic environment. This article highlights some of the intriguing and unique digital services that set Skyline University Library apart.
Skyline University Library Mandate
The main mandate of Skyline University Library support teaching, learning, and research in the University, by developing and promoting access to information resources, it strives to position itself among the leading academic libraries in the country as well as the world. The Skyline University Library pride itself with the following functions in line with the major objectives of an Academic Library (Shehu, Singh and Ochepa, 2020).
- Supporting research: Skyline University Library provide access to a wide range of resources, including books, journals, electronic databases, and other research materials. These resources are critical for conducting academic research and essential for students and faculty to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in their fields.
- Promoting academic success: Skyline University Library plays a crucial role in promoting academic success by providing students with the tools they need to succeed in their studies. They offer access to resources supporting learning, such as textbooks, study guides, academic journals, e-resources, learning modules, etc.
- Fostering intellectual curiosity: Skyline University Library promote intellectual curiosity by providing access to a wide range of reading materials. They offer books and other resources on a broad range of topics, encouraging students to explore new areas of knowledge and expand their horizons.
- Encouraging lifelong learning: Libraries are important for promoting lifelong learning, as they provide access to resources that allow individuals to continue learning long after they have left the classroom. This is particularly important in today’s rapidly changing world, where individuals must constantly update their skills and knowledge to stay competitive.
- Supporting the community: Skyline University Library provides resources, provides conducive space for students, faculty, and community members to learn and collaborate they offer study spaces, meeting rooms, silent zone, and other resources for community members, to further foster community relationship it has signed various MOUs with other Academic Libraries to further enrich their collections and support community which it is situated.
- Preserving knowledge: Skyline University Library plays an important role in preserving knowledge, as they serve as a repository for valuable research and historical documents, including government documents, they ensure that these resources are preserved for future generations and provide access to them for researchers, scholars, and students.
From the onset, Skyline University Library has given priority to building an ultra-modern first-class Library, bearing in mind that a university can only be as good as its Library -‘the Library being the heart-beat of any academic institution’ (Shehu and Singh,2019). Consequently noting that integration of ICT to the Library Service will improve service delivery and clientele satisfaction.
Skyline University Library’s Innovative Approach
The digital revolution in education is undeniable, and Skyline University Library has been at the forefront of this transformation. Rather than seeing technology as a threat to the traditional library, Skyline has harnessed its power to enhance the learning and research experience for all. Below are some of the unique services
Virtual Learning Resources
One of Skyline’s standout features is its extensive collection of virtual resources. Students and faculty can access a treasure trove of e-books, e-journals, and digital databases from the comfort of their devices. The library’s user-friendly interface ensures that information is just a click away. In addition the library has full subscriptions to various databases such as Ebscohost, Proquest, IGI, J- store and Discipline-specific such as Legalpeadia, Law Pavillion, IEE, etc
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Skyline’s digital services is its embrace of virtual and augmented reality. With VR headsets and AR applications, students and faculty can engage in immersive learning experiences. Imagine dissecting a virtual cadaver or exploring ancient ruins—all within the confines of the library. Students can immerse themselves in the Library collection, resources, and voice query using Alexa chart box real-time
Cutting-edge Research and Learning Tools
For academics and researchers, Skyline University Library offers a suite of cutting-edge research tools and software. From data analytics platforms to specialized databases, to learning management systems, scholars have the resources they need to push the boundaries of knowledge.
Telepresence robots in libraries
Telepresence is the use of technology to simulate physical presence in a remote location. Skyline University Library offers virtual tour telepresence view of the library at https://bit.ly/3iH62om regardless of location, at the same time Library houses a Robotics Lab for student practical’s.
Remote Learning and Support Services
Skyline recognizes that learning does not always happen within library walls. That’s why it provides comprehensive remote learning support services. Students can receive reference assistance, attend online tutorials, and participate in webinars, ensuring that academic support is accessible no matter where they are.
Skyline University Library stands as a testament to the power of combining modern technology with the academic environment. Its digital services not only bridge the gap between the two but also elevate the entire educational experience. As Skyline continues to innovate and adapt, it reaffirms its commitment to shaping the future of education.
Dr. Abdullahi Bala Shehu is an esteemed academic and visionary leader in the field of Library and Information Science, laced with an impressive academic journey and a wealth of experience, Education and Expertise.
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