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NERDC PARTICIPATES IN THE 2020 NIGERIA NATIONAL VIRTUAL BOOK-FAIR, ABUJA

The Nigerian Publishers’ Association (NPA) organized a Two-Day Virtual Book Fair on September 7 & 8, 2020, where the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) was invited to participate. The Book Development Centre (BDC) was saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the virtual presentation of the Library and Informatics Centre (LIC).

The purpose of the book fair was to acquaint all stakeholders on the Covid-19 protocols which involves social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face masks. It is imperative that most projects should be undertaken virtually to reduce human contact, as well as create awareness on the availability of books and other information resources that would aid in the awareness.

The book fair further created a platform for the stakeholders in the book industry (that is authors, publishers and book sellers) the opportunity to meet virtually, interact and share ideas on the way forward for the book industry in Nigeria.

Scope of LIC Presentation

The Library and Informatics Centre made a presentation that showcased the two major information resources of the Council:
  1. The Nigeria Education Abstract
    The NERDC Act No. 53 of 1998, mandates the Council to periodically compile and publish a list of completed research projects with the objectives to:
    • draw researchers’ attention to completed research projects.
    • create a database on research and development projects, and
    • eliminate duplication of research efforts.
  2. The Minimum Standard for School Library
    This is a national guideline and benchmark provided for effective management and development of school libraries in Nigeria as enshrined in the National Policy on Education.




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