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Prof. Chinwe Veronica Anunobi

National Librarian/Ceo

Brief Profile of Professor Chinwe Veronica Anunobi

Chinwe Veronica Anunobi is a Professor of Library and Information Science and a former University Librarian at the Federal University of Technology Owerri. She was appointed the National Librarian/Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria in September, 2021.

Professor Anunobi obtained B.Sc. in Biology (Education) with 2nd Class Honours, Upper Division from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1992 and a Master of Library Science (MLS) from Imo State University in 1997. She obtained her Ph.D in Library and Information Science from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. She is a chartered member of the Nigerian Library Association.

As the University Librarian of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, she led the University to take the first position at the National Universities Commission’s Open Educational Resource Competition. She initiated and acquired as well as implemented Plagiarism Check Software (Turnitin) in the University. She facilitated more than 15 trainings for the University Faculties on: How to use Plagiarism Checker (Turnitin); Reference Management Application (Mendely), Citation and Guide against Plagiarism; use of subscribed Databases. In addition to that, she instituted and supervised integrity check on University Staffs’ publications. While at FUTO, she also established the Federal University Owerri Institutional Repository: FUTO Space, Reference Management Software (Mendely). Furthermore, Prof. Anunobi successfully led the University Library to score above 80% for all the programmes that faced accreditation during her tenure as the University Librarian.

Earlier, she was a Digital Librarian and Deputy University Librarian at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, where she successfully populated the digital library with university indigenous resources. She planned and executed the operations and services of digital library and opened it for use by the University community. She designed and hosted the University library and the University repository on the Internet. She also subscribed the University to all the databases and portal available for developing countries’ use namely: HINARI, AGORA, JSORA, ARDI, EBSCOhost.

Professor Anunobi successfully proposed and achieved through the University Senate Copyrighting of all theses/dissertations and submission of electronic copies to the Library; as well as activated all the available modules in the Digital Library. She was able to provide online library services to the university community with the aid of library 2.0 namely: microblog (WordPress and Twitter), social networking tools (Facebook and LinkedIn), Youtube and Flickre. She provided e-reference services to the university community. She was the Chairman, Committee on Automation of the University library which spearheaded the automation of the University library with web-based software. She also worked with the Digital Library stakeholders to increase the Digital Library content and she consistently organised monthly training for digital library staffers to enhance their skill on digital operations and services.

Professor Anunobi has successfully taught and graded 5 sets of Masters and PhD students, supervised 8 Post Graduate Diploma students, 10 Masters’ students and 6 PhD students. The Professor with an uncommon interest in digital library servicing who has attended over 63 conferences, seminars and workshops, globally has at different times been a Lecturer at the Imo State University, Department of Library and Information Science (2007-2008); Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri (1998-2004) and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, from where she was appointed as Nigeria’s National Librarian.

She is interested in networking, mentoring and research on the adoption of ICT in Library and Information Science as well as library users’ needs. She is an expert in digital library development and management as well as open educational resources.

She has authored and co-authored10 books and has published over 40 articles in international journals and 40 articles in local and association journals. She belongs to many professional associations as well as community development associations. 

The office of the National Librarian/ Chief Executive Officer supervises all the departments and in addition, has the following units directly under it.

They include:

  1. Physical Planning
  2. Procurement unit
  3. Anti Corruption Unit
  4. Servicom Unit
  5. Public Relations & Protocol Unit
  6. Internal Audit Unit
  7. Legal Unit
  8. Information and Communication Technology Division