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Contact-new.svg Ayo Onatola
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Occupation:Librarianship & Information Management
Languages:English and Yoruba
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  • Librarian, Milton Keynes College, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK. (2016-present)
  • Principal Consulting Librarian, Omega-Donat Infoserve Consulting, Bedfordshire, UK. (2014-2016)
  • Librarian, Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon [in partnership with Oxford Brookes University], UK. (2012-2014)
  • College Librarian, St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine, Luton, Beds, UK (2007-2011).
  • College Librarian, St. Christopher's College of Medicine, Luton, Beds, UK (2004-2007).
  • Pioneer Librarian, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM)/LASU Teaching Hospital, Ikeja-Lagos, Nigeria (1999-2004).
  • Librarian, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences/Teaching Hospital, Ogun State (now Olabisi Onabanjo) University, Sagamu, Nigeria (1993-1999).
  • Author of books and articles in refereed librarianship and medical journals, including book reviews.
  • Contributor to a few biographical works and serving on the Editorial teams of some librarianship journals.
  • Undertaken the following on-the-job training courses with certifications
    • ICEH Diploma Level 3 in Health & Safety at Work
    • EDI Diploma Level 3 in Health and Social Care for Adults (England);
    • EDI NVQ Level 2 in Team Leading Principles;
    • EDI NVQ Level 2 in Effective Customer Services Delivery;
    • OCR Level 2 in ITQ (Use of Computer & MS Packages);

  • Academic Qualification:

    BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Ibadan) - 1984 [University of Ibadan, Nigeria].

  • Professional Qualifications:

    i. Master in Library, Archival and Information Studies - 1997; University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

    ii. PGDE (Teacher Education) - 1994 [University of Ibadan, Nigeria].

  • Advanced Level Courses (Higher Schools) attended:

    i. Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Nigeria (Sixth Form and Cambridge A/L courses).

    ii. Remo Secondary School Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria.

  • High School attended:

    i. Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria (O/L).

  • Elementary School attended:

    i. St James's Cathedral Primary School, Oke-Bola, Ibadan, Nigeria.

    Volunteering Professional Roles

    • 05/2017 - date: Copy editor, Library and Information Research published at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
    • 2016 - date: Editorial Adviser, Nigerian Agriculture magazine. (ISSN-1118-4396) []
    • 2008 - 2010: Secretary, Executive Board, Librarians without Borders (
    • 2010-date: Member, Editorial Board of the Lagos Journal of Library and Information Science     
    • 2007-date: Member, Advisory Panel of Health Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015) Campaign [1] 

    Professional Affiliations

    • Medical Library Association of the United States of America. Joined 2022. [2]
    • Association for Health Information & Libraries in Africa (AHILA); Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Chapter 2002-4.[3]
    • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), UK; 2005-date.[4]
    • Librarians' Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN)  Chartered Librarian. 2011-date.[5]
    • Librarians Without Borders;[6]; Secretary, 2008-2010.
    • Nigerian Library Association (NLA).1998-date.[7]

    Professional Interests

    • Ensuring facilitated access to current and relevant information to meet users' needs for research and development.
    • Ensuring access to updated relevant Biomedical and Clinical Information in support of excellent medical education and effective delivery of patient care.
    • Networking with other librarians and educators in formal and non-formal settings especially to share knowledge and experiences as afforded by open educational resources (OER).

    Website, Contact Email & Photo


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    Selected Publications


    1 Onatola, A. D. (1996). Security Systems: Implications for stock management in Nigerian University Libraries. (A case study of Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan, Nigeria) MLAIS Thesis.

    Authorship of*/Contribution in Books

    1 Onatola, Ayo (2009). “Personalia – From abstract to concrete, cataloguing to library management: the life and times of Deacon O. K. Odusanya (CLN, FNLA) at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Library, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria”, pp. 1-11. [In: Current Trends in Library and Information Science – essays in honour of Late O. K. Odusanya, Former University Librarian of Olabisi Onabanjo University/edited by F. A. Oyesiku, et al._Ibadan: BIB Press Nig. Ltd., 308p.ISBN: 978-978-900-175-0].

    2 Onatola, Ayo (2007). “Reaching people with disabilities in developing countries through academic libraries”, pp. 87-104. [In: Improving library services to people with disabilities/ edited by Courtney Deines-Jones._United Kingdom: Chandos (Oxford) Publishing Ltd., 200p. ISBN: 1843342863].

    3. Otelaja, Soga & Onatola, Ayo; et al (2005). "Constant Adamson": the political lion of Remo - a biography of Aremo Ola Yesufu (1st Aremo of Ilisan-Remo)._Lagos: Omega Donat Publishing. ISBN: 978-065-794-0

    4 Onatola, Ayo (2004). Basics of librarianship - theory & practice: a guide for beginners. - Lagos: Omega Publishers Ltd. 144p. ISBN: 978-041-044-9

    Published Journal Articles

    1 Onatola, Ayo & Atulomah, Bola C. (2014). Nigerian medical librarianship in the 21st century: The rivers and bridges to cross. Journal of Health Information, 2 (1&2), June/Dec 2014, p.45-51.

    2 Onatola Ayo, Ibraheem Abiodun, Oduwole Adebambo (2012). Faculty status of Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals: A comparative reflection on the practices in some University Libraries in Nigeria, UK and USA. Gateway Library Journal, 15: 1-14.

    3 Komolafe, Helen O. & Ayo Onatola (2008). Information seeking habits of clinical information by nurses at Nigeria's Premier University Teaching Hospital: A Survey. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 8 (2): 175-192. []

    4 Oduwole, A. A. & Ayo Onatola, (2008). Survival strategies for health information professionals (HIP) in Nigeria. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 8 (1): 61-71. []

    5 Onatola, Ayo & Toyin Dina (2006). Nigerian libraries and the protection of authors’ rights. Nigerian Libraries, 39:49-64

    6 Onatola, Ayo & A. A. Oduwole (2006). Planning and organizing a 21st Century digital libraries in Nigeria. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 6 (1): 65-76.*%7Conatola*

    7 Onatola, Ayo (2004). State of the Nigerian medical libraries: an overview. Journal of Library & Information Science (JOLIS), 1 (1&2), Dec.: 47-56.

    8 Onatola, Ayo (2002). Re-positioning the library profession for relevance in the knowledge age. Language and Librarianship Journal, 3 (2): 6-13.

    9 Onatola, Ayo (2000). [Short communication]. Career development and movement of librarians in a Nigerian university library. Afr. J. Lib., Arch. & Inf. Sc., 10 (1), Apr.: 63-68.

    10 Onatola, Ayo (1998). Staff assessment of stock losses and security lapses in two selected Nigerian university libraries. Gateway Library Journal, 1 (1), Aug.: 40-45.

    Published Letters/Opinions in other Media

    1 Onatola, Ayo (2020) Boundless library in a lock-up facility: Place of the Library in the Prison Regimes. A blog post on Workforce Planning and Development, of the Knowledge for Healthcare, Health Education England, October 7.

    2 Onatola Ayo (2008). Capacity building for librarians as a determinant for effective delivery of library services (Private Communications), p.17. [In: Benedict A. Oladele (2008). Globalization and African Libraries: The Challenge of Self-Discovery in a Digital World, 20p]. A paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress: 74TH IFLA General Conference and Council: 10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada.

    3 Onatola, Ayo (2005) [eLetter]: Impetus for achieving sustainable success in health information search. [In: Bernard C.K. Choi (2005). Innovative ideas needed for timely and effective public health information dissemination. J. Epidemiol Community Health Online, 59: 259]. 31 Mar.

    REDIRECT [[See Author’s Reply - Bernard C.K. Choi (2005); J. Epidemiol Community Health Online, 59: 259]. 14 Jun.]]

    4 Onatola, Ayo (2003) [Letter]. Access to scientific information in developing countries – a librarian’s viewpoint. The SciDevNet, 25 Mar [(Science and Development Network -SciDev.Net). fuseaction= readeditorletter&itemid=27&language=1]

    Review of Book(s)

    1 Onatola, Ayo (2022) Contributor on a Working Group Team for the review Medical Core collections on behalf of the Health Library Group, CILIP; published in Jan 2022 by Tomlinson.

    2 Onatola, Ayo (2009) Delving into Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s politics - a Review on [In: Nolte, Insa (2009) “Obafemi Awolowo and the making Of Remo: The local politics of a Nigerian Nationalist._Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN: 978-0-7486-3895-6.]. Nigerian Tribune, Tuesday, 20 October.

    3 Onatola, Ayo (2007). Book review - Internet guide to cosmetic surgery for men by Wood, M.S. (2006). The Haworth Information Press, ISBN 0789016095. CILIP Health Libraries Group Newsletter, 24(3) Sep. p23-24

    Papers presented at Conferences and Workshops

    1 Onatola, Ayo & Abiodun I. Ibraheem (2011). “Whither evidence-based librarianship: a comparative reflection on the practices in some university libraries in Nigeria, UK and USA”. [Being the paper presented at the EBLIP6 Conference: Manchester…27-30 June, 2011]

    20 Onatola, Ayo (1995). Chemistry practical work and large classes: A Librarian’s view. [Being the paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN); held at Kashim Ibrahim Library, Federal College of Education, Maiduguiri, Nigeria: 14-17 April, 1995].

    Conferences and Workshops Attended

    1 HLG-CILIP Workshop (2011). Free 1-day workshops in London and Leicester - "Personal effectiveness and career progression" in collaboration with Sue Hill Recruitment. Presented by Suzanne Wheatley from Sue Hill Recruitment._London: Friday 16th September 2011.{Sponsorship received for attendance from the HLG}.

    2 EBLIP6 Conference (2011). Evidence-based librarianship Conference, Manchester…27-30 June, 2011]

    3 Go On: ND11, the 6th National Digital Conference._London: 11th and 12th May 2011 at Old Billingsgate, London.

    4 Information Literacy Group, CILIP (2010). Second Conference on ‘Sharing good practice in Evidence-Based Information Literacy - EBIL’. 3 November. Sponsored by the Information Literacy Group and hosted by London Metropolitan University Tower Building and Graduate Centre, Holloway Road, London

    5 IFLA (2009). World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly. (Theme: "Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage"); held at Fiera Milano Convention Centre (MIC), Milan, Italy: 23-27 August 2009.

    6 CILIP’s Biennial Conference “Umbrella 2007”. (Theme: Catalysts for Change: making a difference). Held at the De Haviland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, UK: 28-30 June 2007.~

    7 1-day workshop on “Maternal and Child Health”, tagged “AFRICAN DAY”. Held at the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, London, UK: 23 Mar. 2007.

    8 E-mail course on Health Information Management Skills, organized by the Association for Health Information & Libraries in Africa (AHILA): 12 Feb.-30 Mar. 2006.

    9 In-house training on the HERITAGE IV library management tool; coordinated by the IT Department of St. Christopher’s College of Medicine, Luton, UK: 19-21 Dec., 2004.

    10 Nigerian Library Association (2004). The 42nd Annual National Conference/ AGM "Akure 2004"; (Theme: “Libraries - tools for education and development”). Held at Solton International Hotel & Resort, Ijapo Estate, Akure, Ondo State: Nigeria: 20-25 June 2004.

    11 Capacity Building Workshop on “Information & Communication Technology”. Held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria: 21 Sep. - 06 Oct. 2003.

    12 Training Program on “Internet Proficiency”. Held at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja-Lagos, Nigeria: 9 Jan, 2003.

    13 National Training Workshop on “CDS /ISIS and TINLIB”. Held at the Development Policy Centre, Ibadan, Nigeria: 27-31 Oct., 1997.

    14 Annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN); held at Kashim Ibrahim Library, Federal College of Education, Maiduguiri, Nigeria: 14-17 April, 1995.

    Ongoing Projects

    • May 2022 - present

    "Won an expression of interest bid (£9,600GBP)for the implementation of Health Literacy Project at His Majesty's Prison, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. UK. [A project being funded by the Health Education England].

    • August 2021 - present

    "Working Group for the Review of the Medical Core Collection". [A project being undertaken on behalf of the Health Libraries Group of CILIP, UK for Tomlinson Publishers].

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Jan 2005 - £1000 Travel Grant Winner on collaboration between the medical libraries of the University of Sheffield, UK and Lagos State University, Nigeria.  [Courtesy of the Partnership in Health Information, Phi - a UK-based charity.
    • Dec 2011 - Cited in the Marquis Who's Who in the World 2012, 29th ed. 3108pp; ISBN: 978-0-8379-1147-2. [This edition features more than 55,000 profiles of prominent individuals from around the world, representing virtually every major field of endeavour including Nobel Prize-winning scientists, innovators, inventors, authors, athletes, entertainers, kings and queens, captains of industry, and political and religious leaders from around the globe].

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    • Jul 2004 - Declared as Alternate Winner, 2005 MLA Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship; tenable in USA/Canada.


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    • Hi Gita, Congratulations on your well deserved award as a "Distinguished Teacher" for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Delhi, India, by Former President of India, His Excellency Bharata Ratna Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam on Sep 7, 2009. Kindly note that the reward of hardwork through such notable recognition is to prepare for more work. We are proud of your success story on this ocassion and delighted to share in the joy. Regards. --Ayo Onatola 13:10, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
    • Great to see you in the tutorial, Ayo, and to see your user page. Do you have any concerns about the quality of educational resources developed using an open authoring approach? If so, what are your concerns? If not, how does an open authoring approach contribute to high quality learning materials. --Phil Bartle 06:23, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
    • You are doing an amazing job on your user page. --Nellie Deutsch 19:20, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
    • Keep up the excellent work you are doing on your page. I enjoyed reading about your accomplishments. Do you have any online articles? --

    Nellie Deutsch 18:30, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

    • Thanks for that compliment, Nellie. What I have on my page is a selected list which contains strictly academic publications. The articles listed in 11, 12, and 14 were published online. In addition, I have contributions on email list forum of some network groups that I belong to, including articles in Nigerian newspapers and on yahoo blogs which I have not deemed fit to cite here.
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      Welcome to EL4C26, a free online wiki skills workshop. To add your profile, copy the Profile template headings (you can always edit or add more information later), and go back by clicking on the back button. Then, click on "edit" at the top of this page, paste the template headings, scroll down to the bottom of the page, check "watch this page" box and click on "save page". You may want to learn more about personalizing the title of your userpage and/or other new pages. Please feel free to remove the welcome message. Enjoy the workshop.

    (Comment.gif: Welcome here. Good Start, Keep adding more. Best wishes Gita --Gita Mathur 11:03, 4 May 2009 (UTC)) (Comment.gif: Wonderful progress. --Gita Mathur 07:15, 5 May 2009 (UTC))

    • Hello Ayo, It is nice to see all of your work here. I visited NOUN and gave some lectures, then visited your home country with Olugbemiro Jegede. Beautiful and amazing. It is great to see you here.--Marina McIsaac 05:29, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
      • Dear Prof McIsaac, I hope you enjoyed your stay in the Nigeria's Federal capital territory. I'm so sorry responding to your posting this late please. Meanwhile, I should be in your place of birth (Italy) too from 23-28 August 2009, for the World Congress of Librarians as organised by IFLA --Ayo Onatola

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