Cloud Computing Model for Virtual Libraries Implementation in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions

Abdulwaheed Adebola Yusuf, Anderson Ise Orobor, Atanda Saliu Sambo


Virtual library facilitates improved information services delivery that support qualitative learning and research in tertiary institutions. However, shortage of skilled manpower to manage and maintain existing ICT Infrastructure and erratic power supply to power the ICT equipment are identified as part of the challenges militating against virtual libraries implementation in Nigerian tertiary institutions. These have made it practically difficult for its effective maintenance and required utility throughput. This situation is further worsened by the increasing need for ubiquitous availability of electronic library services to patrons as an inherent characteristic of virtual libraries, resulting to prohibitive establishment and operational cost for the tertiary institutions to meet up. This study tends to address the identified problems by harnessing the benefits presented by open source and cloud computing technologies for the development and management of virtual library in Nigerian tertiary institutions. The model presented in this study is based on community cloud model that leverage open source platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) model to provision and maintain virtual library services.

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