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Sodiq Onaolapo

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Sodiq Onaolapo (Honour-lap-or)

Sodiq is a PhD Candidate in the Library and Information Science program at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, Canada. He holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in Library, Archival, and Information Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with distinctions. Due to his upbringing in the cosmopolitan cities of Lagos and Ibadan, Nigeria, he was exposed to different ethnicities, beliefs, and cultures and the diverse information-sharing modes among these groups. According to him, information sharing is essential to ensuring that individuals and groups express their cultural, linguistic, social, and religious identities within a framework of shared citizenship. As our society becomes increasingly diverse, we must incorporate all groups’ views in our everyday information use through the lens of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID). Prior to his Ph.D. program, he worked as a Librarian and Project Manager at a foremost human capacity development organization in Nigeria, where he coordinated the firm's thought leadership and research activities. His current Ph.D. research examines how the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) initiatives, collection policies, and strategies of Canadian Research Universities Libraries could address diversity issues and the limited representation of equity-deserving groups in the libraries’ collections.

Sodiq is a member of the Language & Information Technology Research Lab (LiT.RL) which aims to improve access to information by developing language models, methods, and software for human-like understanding of texts through Natural Language Processing (NLP). He invites you to visit the LiT.RL webpage to learn more about its innovative projects. 

Profiles:  Google Scholar Orcid  ResearchGate 

Library and Information Science (LIS) Postgraduate Guest Lectures

  • LIS 9733 - Multilingual Information Access - Fall 2023, Western University

Lecture Title: Performative Activism or Action-Based Commitments: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) Initiatives in Canadian University Libraries 

  • LIS 9002 - Information Organization Curation & Access - Fall 2022 & Winter 2023

Lecture Title: Big Data, Linked Data, Semantic Web, and Library Automation

Library and Information Science (LIS) Postgraduate Teaching Assistantships

  • LIS 9002 - Information Organization Curation & Access - Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 & Fall 2023, Western University

An introduction to the theory and practice of organizing and curating information for optimal access in libraries, archives and other organizations, using appropriate standards and tools for information description, arrangement and classification.

  • LIS 9001 - Perspectives on Library and Information Science - Winter 2022, Western University

An overview of issues, perspectives and concerns of importance to information professionals and the discipline of library and information science. An introduction to different information environments; and a consideration of the social, political, economic, cultural, historical, and intellectual contexts of information.

Library and Information Science (LIS) undergraduate Course
  • Information Technologies in Libraries – The Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria - 2015

The course provides an overview of techniques and issues in the application of information technologies and relevant software packages in academic, public, school, and research libraries. 


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Asubiaro, T., Onaolapo, S.A., & Mills, D. (2024). Regional disparities in Web of Science and Scopus journal coverage. Scientometrics

Asubiaro, T.V., & Onaolapo, S.A. (2023). A Comparative Study of the Coverage of African Journals in Web of Science, Scopus, and CrossRef. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 74(7), 745-758.  

Oyewole, O., & Onaolapo, S.A. (2023). COVID-19 Pandemic and the Use of Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) Platforms: Lessons from a Nigerian University. Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 22, 133-158.

Onaolapo, S. A. & Oyewole, O. (2018). Performance Expectancy, Effort Expectancy, and Facilitating Conditions as Factors Influencing Smart Phones Use for Mobile Learning by Postgraduate Students of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning, 14,95-115

Quadri, R.F., & Onaolapo, S.A. (2018). Acquisition Patterns of Academic, Special, and Public Libraries in Kwara State, Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Library and Information Science, 6(1),440-447.

Onaolapo, S.A. (2016). Evaluating the use of Polytechnic Libraries in Nigeria: A case study of Federal Polytechnic Offa Library, Kwara State Nigeria. Library Philosophy and Practice, 422, 1-16.

Rafiu, J., & Onaolapo, S.A. (2015). Effective library services for good governance in Nigeria: A case study of selected libraries in Kwara State. Information and Knowledge Management, 5(7)10-21.

Igudia, O. E., & Onaolapo, S.A. (2015). An Assessment of the Level of Accessibility and Use of Indexes and Abstracts among the Undergraduate Students of the University of Ibadan. The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies, 3(10), 256-260.

Book Chapter 

Quadri, R.F., & Onaolapo, S.A. (2018). Managing intellectual property in digital libraries: The roles of digital librarian. In The Handbook of Research on Managing Intellectual Property in Digital Libraries edited by Tella Adeyinka & Kwanya, Tom. Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS). IGI Publishers Ltd.

Course (Co-authored)

Global Skills Opportunity Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Decolonization, and Indigeneity Certificate Program - developed in collaboration by Western University and the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Conference Publications

Onaolapo, S.A., & Adegebo, B.O. (2023). Big Data in Driving Agenda 2063: Advancing Climate Resilience and Sustainable Urban Development in Lagos, Nigeria. Proceedings of the International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Development (ICCCASU), Nairobi, Kenya, December 10-17, 2023. 

Kelly, D., Chen, Y., Cornwell, S. E., Delellis, N. S., Mayhew, A., Onaolapo, S.A, & Rubin, V.L. (2023). Bing chat: The future of search engines? Proceedings of the 86th Annual Meeting Association for Information Science and Technology, London, United Kingdom, 60(1), 1007–1009.

Delellis, N.S., Chen, Y., Cornwell, S. E., Kelly, D., Mayhew, A., Onaolapo, S.A, & Rubin, V.L. (2023). ChatGPT Media Coverage Metrics; Initial Examination. Proceedings of the 86th Annual Meeting Association for Information Science and Technology, London, United Kingdom, 60(1), 935-937.

Asubiaro, T.V., Onaolapo, S.A., & Adejare, G.S. (2022). Science of Science from Africa: Assessing the Representation of Research from Africa as Captured in Citation Databases. Presented at the Liu Institute Network for Africa (LINA), University of British Columbia (UBC) Re-Imagining Sustainable Development Conference on 28-30th September 2022. 

Onifade, T., & Onaolapo, S.A (2022). Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Learning for Sustainable Development in Africa: Prospects and Challenges. Presented at the IAD Conference on Digitalization in Africa: Impetus for Innovations and Development on October 28-29, 2022, Cornell University.

Onaolapo, S.A., & Onifade, T. (2020). Teaching and Learning in the Cloud: Prospects and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence for Education in Africa. Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) 1–9 (Virtual). 

  • 2020 - 2024  Western Graduate Research Scholarship
  • 2023 Travel Award – Achieving Equity and Global Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Decolonization and Indigeneity (EDIDI) Competence in the Canadian Health Sector Workforce Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) Program supported by the Government of Canada - $5,000
  •  2020 Dean’s Entrance Scholarship ($5,000)
  • 2016 - 2018 University of Ibadan Postgraduate Scholarship 
  • 2014 Late Mrs. Gladys Olayinka Bamiro Prize for Best Final Year Student in Library and Information Studies
  • 2014 Dokun Fadiran Foundation Scholarship for Overall Best Graduating Student in Library and Information Studies
  • 2013 The British Council Prize in Library Studies