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An evaluation of digital library education in library and information science curriculum in Nigerian universities

Chukwuma Clement Okeji (Department of Library and Information Science, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka, Nigeria)
Okeoghene Mayowa-Adebara (Ibadan Study Centre, National Open University of Nigeria, Oyo State, Nigeria)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 20 August 2020

Issue publication date: 21 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the library school’s curriculum in Nigeria with the aim of comparing it with international and national library and information science (LIS) guidelines regarding provision of “digital libraries” course.

Design/methodology/approach

This study covered 31 universities offering LIS approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The main instrument for data collection for the study was analysis of departmental documents containing the LIS curriculum. Second, some library and information science educators from universities that were yet to integrate the course digital libraries in their LIS curriculum were interviewed.

Findings

This study revealed that majority of the library schools offer the course “digital libraries” or related areas as core course in their curricula. However, only few library schools have computer laboratories for students to enhance digital library skills. Some LIS educators in the library schools identified challenges such as lack of qualified information and communication technology (ICT) staff to handle the course coupled with lack of computer laboratories equipped with modern computers with stable internet facilities in the LIS departments in Nigeria.

Practical implications

The findings from this study may inform curriculum revision and updating efforts to make it more relevant by incorporating a stand-alone course on “digital libraries” and provision of computer laboratories in the LIS departments to produce future ICT/digital librarians.

Originality/value

If university administrators, decision-making body in the departments and LIS educators understand the factors that are currently standing in the way of integrating a course on digital libraries, then those barriers can be removed or lowered. If the enabling factors are appreciated, then actions can be taken to stimulate the implementation of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN)/NUC recommendations in all library schools in Nigerian universities.

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Acknowledgements

The authors sincerely appreciate the various LIS Heads of Departments in Nigeria that willingly sacrificed their time out of their tight schedules to provide relevant documents during data collection.

Citation

Okeji, C.C. and Mayowa-Adebara, O. (2021), "An evaluation of digital library education in library and information science curriculum in Nigerian universities", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 102-118. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-04-2020-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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