"THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY"
TRAINING REPORT FOR THE POST GRADUATE STUDENTS’ TRAINING (2007) THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS CONTENTS Introduction……………………………………………………...3 Program/Syllabus……………………………………………….3 Groups/Attendance……………………………………………..5 Challenges………………………………………………………11 Suggestions……………………………………………………..12 2 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS INTRODUCTION The training commenced on the 24th of September 2007, and ended on the 3rd of October. It ran for a span of two weeks. With the challenges and problems that were faced during the training, one cannot truthfully say that it was a success. PROGRAM/SYLLABUS There are over two hundred students in the Post Graduate class. The process of grouping these students was somewhat different from we (the On-Line Legal Research Library) usually practice. Due to the nature of the Post Graduate program1, the students were asked to register for the training in the Legal research Library (Room 50 of the Faculty of Law), that way, not only would we have their names, but their phone numbers also in order that further information concerning the Training would be easily communicated to them. We had initially thought that the grouping of the students would be done by the Training Assistant; however, the students themselves chose the groups that they would be part of, based on their Lecture time, and their work schedule. As such, only after a certain number had registered were we able to put the groups together in order that the training could begin. 1 By nature here I mean the student attendance, age group of the students, employment status, etc. 3 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS There were exactly four batches of unequal number. Batch one had twenty-three students; batch two, twenty-five; batch three had twenty-nine students and batch four had thirty-nine students. All in all, one hundred and ten students registered for the training. Each batch was trained within three days.2 Each training session had two-hour duration. These sessions were fixed in such a way that the first and third batches were trained in the morning, and the second and fourth batches, in the afternoons. In a tabular form: Week Day Batch One Batch Two One 24th September 9am – 11am 1pm – 3pm 25th September 9am – 11am 1pm – 3pm 26th September 9am – 11am 1pm – 3pm Week Day Batch Three Batch Four Two 28th September 9am – 11am 1pm – 3pm 2nd October 9am – 11am 1pm – 3pm 3rd October 9am – 11am 1pm – 3pm 3 TABLE 1. Training days, batches and duration of each session. 2 see Table1 for further explanation 3 October the 1st was not scheduled as a training day because it is a public holiday. 4 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS GROUPS/ATTENDANCE Batch One 1. Omengala A. Kingsley 2. Arin Peter John 3. Mark Neto Yohanna 4. Iwuji Gladys Uche 5. Tadas Okonkwo 6. Kwap Viorlong Robert 7. Wafinzida Jesse 8. Ibrahim Abdullahi 9. Julie Bature 10. Justina A. Zaigi 11. Ladi A. Nyako 12. Longpoe H. Henry 13. Longpoe N. Henriatta 14. Dorothy Jang 15. Lawining Dankuka Faruk 16. Nuwan Alex 17. Aneke Christy N. 18. Aloysius Uba 19. Dooshima Tsevende 20. Tadeni Yomi-Balogun 21. Olufunke Olubunmi S. 22. Babamairam Aminu 23. Olake Cosmos Augustine 5 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS Batch Two 1. Okoro Jude Henry 2. Akaa Emmanuel Terlumun 3. M.A. Ekone 4. Olatunde Ogundare 5. W.J. Dashuwa 6. Ogbe Francis Adam 7. Mrumun Yongo 8. Helen Kyenpiya Longded 9. Onigbinde Oyeronke 10. Aluma Mayo Gloria 11. Gyang Joanne 12. Bentu Susan Nancin 13. Laka Eniolu 14. Samuel Adejoh 15. Onwubali Charles Ifeanyi 16. Daburi Bello Misal 17. Alemika Monale 18. Terverr Terencez Tyav 19. Calvin Adzande 20. Agbo Mercy Anyamu 21. Sambo Lohna 22. Caroline Oba 23. Maiyaki A. Aishah 24. Phanuel Elias Mosu 25. Wulengkah Gopar Yilikang 6 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS Batch Three 1. Isaac Danladi 2. Horo Emmanuel 3. Celestina Atseno Khai 4. E.D. Anzaku 5. Chidi Onucha 6. Sophia E. Awala 7. Saliu Oyafemi 8. Everastus Ocho 9. Momsisuri Bansi 10. Osawe Uyi 11. Habib Mutairu 12. Targema Kajo 13. Jantur Mamfa 14. Naomi Besan 15. Christiana Ayegba 16. Umar Muhd Amin 17. Aliyu Shettima 18. Kagu Abba Shettima 19. Jibrin Nanzing Bani 20. Abdulsalam Baba 21. Sule A. 22. Nuvalga D. Habu 23. Onyebuenyi Ibeabughichi 24. Azih Jude Collins 25. Babatunde Towobola 26. Sam Waklek 27. Dalyop J. Bok 28. Inem Pauline 29. Odeyale Michael 7 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS Batch Four 1. Wuese Simeon Tuung 2. Okonkwo R.N. 3. Adar R. Baraje 4. Anthonia Uche Obi 5. Musa Aliyu 6. Jilli-Dandam 7. A. Nyam 8. E. Dabis 9. Dantong Puis Peter 10. Odunukwe Angela E. 11. Zakka Dung 12. Orvendega Gberikon 13. Uwagbama Dickson 14. Lot David 15. Albert Shwamyil 16. Anakwe uju 17. Joy Kangyang 18. Rose Koreyo 19. Rebbeca Shaseet 20. Lami Laura Bello 21. Shagaya Pauline Tare 22. Rosemar Oghoghorie 23. Rose Kesan 24. Damon Nandam Dashe 25. Titilayo Babalola 26. Mohd. Mukhtar Abubakar 27. Hanatu Kwanye Kwabe 28. Ugochukwu Chris 29. Kundum Asabe 30. Zi Eunice 31. Monday Isa Malau 8 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS The syllabus (lesson plan) for the training was as follows: Day One: Introduction o Part 1 - The different components of a computer - Switching on and turning off a computer - Storage of research work Diskettes CD’s Flash Drives o Part 2 - The Internet as a Research Tool Interpretation of a standard web-page Search engines o Google o Dogpile o Wikipedia o Altavista o Ask.com Day Two: Internet sites with free access o Part 1 - www.intute.ac.uk - www.ecowas.com - www.un.org - www.dawodu.com - www.nigeria-law.org - www.findlaw.com o Part 2 - Nigerian Newspapers Thisday The Guardian Sun Nigeria master web Oxfordjournals - Special access (somewhat free) Jstor Day Three: Sites which require subscription - Westlaw 9 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS - Hein Online There were five resource persons: 1. Adebayo Adetomiwa 2. Mary Ohemu 3. Toun Akerele 4. Johnson Oyewo 5. Amaka Enekwe Bayo took the first part of day one, Mary, the second part. Toun and Johnson took the second day, and Amaka took the third. 10 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS CHALLENGES The training was itself a challenge. However a breakdown of other challenges will be given. The first challenge was the level of preparedness on our part and on the part of the students to carry out the training. From the time of the planning of the training up till its commencement, there existed an air of uncertainty as to whether the training would actually take place. The next challenge that was faced was the best way to make the students understand the importance of being trained on how to carry out legal researches. Many factors worked against our solving this particular problem: 1. The fact that certain training sessions clashed with the Post graduate Lectures 2. The lack of academic evaluation on the training 3. No attendance was taken 4. Inadequate awareness of the training Another challenge that we faced was a lack of systems. As such, as we taught, the students had no means by which to practice.4 Needless to state, this caused the lessons to seem dreary. Other challenges include highly unstable Internet connection, erratic power supply and a lack of a hard copy of the training manual. 4 In the Research Library presently, there are only three systems which actually work when the internet connection is good. 11 THE ON-LINE LEGAL RESEARCH LIBRARY FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOS The biggest challenge we faced was the duration of the training. Each batch had three days within which to be taught. The students complained of being taught so many new things in such little time. In addition, not all the persons interested in learning were trained. Some who had not heard about the training early enough came too late to register in any of the four batches. As was stated earlier, the training can hardly be called a success, though of cause it was carried out as best as it could have been given all the constrains. SUGGESTIONS 1. Improvement of the Legal Research Library’s facilities 2. More elaborate planning and awareness for such trainings 3. A stand-by generator to solve the problem of erratic power supply 4. Revision of training duration 5. Re-introduction of the use of training manuals 12