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National library to house foreign literature




From Frank Ikpefan, Abuja


The National Library of Nigeria (NLN) has said it would set up dedicated reading rooms for books and materials about other countries when its permanent headquarters is completed.

The National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the library, Prof. Lenrie Aina said this when he received the High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Md. Shameem Ahsan in Abuja.

The High Commissioner donated books on the history and culture of Bangladesh, including the autobiography of the first Prime Minister.

In a statement by the Head of Media and Information, NLN, Vershima Orvell-Dio, Aina said the dedicated rooms would provide Nigerian scientists access to foreign materials that they can learn from and localize – like learning how counterparts in Bangladesh developed crop varieties that can be cultivated four times in year instead of just once.

“We are in an era of glocalisation whereby nations take global ideas and localise them just as they globalise their local concepts. The High Commissioner said that in Bangladesh because of limited landmass their scientists have developed crop varieties that can be cultivated four times in year instead of just once.

“This is an example of a concept local to Bangladesh but which can be borrowed by other countries too, thereby making the practice global.  I believe our researchers will be willing to borrow this practice and adopt or improve on it to suit our locality. There is no better way to globalise local ideas than through books, literature and related resources and materials.

“We shall provide dedicated rooms for books and materials about other countries will be shelved. This will make it easy for readers looking materials about the history, culture, trade, economies, politics and such about other countries to easily have access to what they need, instead of going to general open shelves.”

The Bangladesh envoy was accompanied by the High Commission’s First Secretary, Bidosh Chandra Barman.



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