Three Computer Science Students of Anchor University, Lagos, have developed a customised library management app in a bid to upgrade and automate library procedures for students in the institution.
The app developers Odufote Israel, Nwakaihe David, and Ochoyi Joshua, currently 300 level Computer Science students are beneficiaries of the New Horizon Scholarship Award. The trio under the mentorship of US-based IT company, New Horizons, was able to develop the Library application app.
The app manages issues keeping organising book inventory, e-labelling and identification, registration, onsite and off-site borrowing and returning of books, e-tracking systems, tracking late return, and seamless blend of penalties for defaulters, among other functions.
Mr Joshua, Spokesmen for the trio explained that the app removed the need for physical presence during library registration. He also added that the app simplified library systems for the librarians.
“Some of the major problems we usually have with our library are issues of books identification, registration and others but with this app, students can do their registration online with any internet-accessible device. Likewise, the administrator end of the solution has simplified the administration of the library systems management for the librarians and other library managers.”Ochoyi Joshua, Spokesman Developers of Library Application App
Anchor University Vice-Chancellor, Joseph Afolayan, said the development of the library app is a welcome initiative that the institution has been striving towards. He also lauded the accomplishment of the students and thanked New Horizons for their contribution.
“Last year, New Horizons gave an award to three of our best Computer Science students and the awards were converted to training, today as they are doing Anchor University proud, they are also doing New Horizons proud too because if you didn’t put them through, they will not be able to demonstrate what they are doing now,”Joseph Afolayan, Vice-Chancellor, Anchor University
Speaking on behalf of New Horizons, Bolaji Olaoye, their Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, said that the company gives scholarships out yearly and that the library app was just the beginning of what the students have been empowered to do. He pinpointed, however, that the main essence of the training was to bridge the divide between academics and industry.
“We give scholarship yearly and we have been able to reach many institutions and students. The students are then taken through different skill set in information technology. This is in line to enhancing a transformational and technological economy,”Bolaji Olaoye, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, New Horizons
The App developers received just three months of rigorous training and were able to build an application. With companies like New Horizon empowering university undergraduatesproducts of Nigerian universities can graduate with the required skills set to compete in the labour market.
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