Brief Profile of Professor Chinwe Veronica Anunobi
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The office of the National Librarian/ Chief Executive Officer supervises all the departments and in addition, has the following units directly under it.
- Physical Planning
- Procurement unit
- Anti Corruption Unit
- Servicom Unit
- Public Relations & Protocol Unit
- Internal Audit Unit
- Legal Unit
- Information and Communication Technology Division