Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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The big data revolution has gained global attention and initiated creative innovations in every field and libraries as engines of access to information have also been affected by this new trend. Libraries in this part of the world have not utilized the amazing potential of big data in library services. In this time, when various terms such as algorithms age, petabytes age, data age, etc. are been used to describe the activities initiated by machine learning, industries and organizations can achieve much by incorporating inspiring and innovative tools to improve services and performance. In this vein libraries in Nigeria are expected against all odds to make their services more interactive, attractive, innovative, and exciting by utilizing cloud technologies and machine learning techniques to create recommender services. This paper titled “Utilizing the Potentials of Big Data in Nigeria Library Environments by Recommender Services”, focuses on the concept and characteristics of big data and its importance in complementing traditional library services, areas for applying big data systems in libraries, the concept of recommender systems and how it works, adopting recommender systems in libraries for maximum benefits, tools, and techniques for setting up big data recommender systems in libraries, challenges of big data recommender systems in libraries in Nigeria and strategies for overcoming big data challenges in library systems. The paper is based on a contextual analysis of literature from various scholarly works. The paper will also proffer recommendations based on the study.