My name is JOHN, Henry Chukwudi from Nigeria. Lost both parents at a tender age with no clear direction to what life had in stock for me. But one thing I was certain about, was to be educated and become a teacher and a technologist.
To commence my long journey into myself to discover me, I started my professional education career at Tai Solarin University of Education (the first university of education in Nigeria) where I earned a Bachelor’s in Education (Library and Information Science) and proceeded to complete a Master’s in Education (Educational Media and Technology) with a Ph.D. grade from the same institution. Currently, I have a Certificate in Teaching and Learning (certificate): CIE, from Cambridge University, UK. Conclusively. And I am a certified teacher with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
During my 3-month internship at the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro Library in Nigeria. I was opportune to be part of the digitalization of printed information resources during the conversion of the library to a digital library, which led to my interest in digitalization of information resources and librarianship in general.
I worked with Babcock University (the first private university in Nigeria) as a Sound Technician at the Division of Spiritual Life for 3 years. Where I learned how to use basic sound and video editing softwares. For my professional journey, I started working with Greensprings School in Lagos state. Nigeria as the School Librarian/Information Literacy coordinator (Middle Level Entry/Head of Department) for 4 years. Also, I have won grants and full sponsorships from Globacom Telecommunications in Nigeria to drive the World Book Day program in my school. Now the big question is why not a Ph.D. in Education, I decided to do a quick google search and realized that there is no search result on any rare book shops in Nigeria. I the further checked which university offers such training, then I came across the MA in Rare Books and Digital Humanities, at University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) programme. which made the university the first and only institution to combine both field. Which I applied and was granted an admission.
My experience thus far
The professors have been highly amazing in terms of pedagogy and mentorship, also the fun part for me is the Tools and Knowledge Techniques (graphics design, coding, Creative writing and formatting) projects and hands on classroom experience. Based on my current training and exposure, I hope to become an entrepreneur in Digitalization of Rare Books and a consultant in the Digitalization of Library resources.
I have met some friends and currently enjoying the beautiful city of Besançon.