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Publication date: 8 June 2015

Jamilu Abdullahi

Looking at the present Nigeria’s quest to become one of the top 20 economies of the world by the year 2020, the purpose of this paper is to propose that Nigerian public

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Purpose

Looking at the present Nigeria’s quest to become one of the top 20 economies of the world by the year 2020, the purpose of this paper is to propose that Nigerian public libraries, as key players in community development, should provide resources and services for the promotion of social welfare sector of the country by introducing relevant key information management and service policies. These strategic policies should include identification of various user groups, deployment of specialized information professionals, provision of adequate financial resources, social welfare information resource development planning, effective information service delivery system, partnership arrangements and adaptation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Design/methodology/approach

Essential to this paper is to take into account the importance and relevancy of policies, strategies and procedures of information management and services to Nigerian public libraries.

Findings

There is continuous rising concerns about the current situation of the country’s socio-economic problems and challenges. However, despite the problem of poor and inadequate ICT facilities in Nigerian public libraries, the ICT infrastructure including the internet will significantly enhance the social welfare information service process in these libraries, if fully adopted. Also very important here is that, the libraries should support community awareness programs on local radio stations or local television channels to compliment the collection of materials in the library.

Originality/value

Nigerian public libraries should be seen as places for all; and participants in community activities must therefore provide relevant data and information to social welfare workers for effective policy/decision making. It is also important that the libraries should help in the identification of areas of welfare that require urgent attention or thorough investigation, examination and analysis.

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Library Management, vol. 36 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 April 2005

Daniel Emojorho

This study seeks to evaluate the roles and effectiveness of public libraries in nation building in Nigeria.

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Purpose

This study seeks to evaluate the roles and effectiveness of public libraries in nation building in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

In this research, questionnaires were used to collect data from public libraries in Edo and Delta states.

Findings

The result of the study revealed that Nigerian public libraries are performing poorly virtually in most aspects due to appalling resources. Based on this, recommendations are made.

Practical implications

The Nigerian Government should establish adequately funded public libraries in the various rural and urban communities. There should be adequate and effective information technologies in the various public libraries and the libraries should embark on political and health awareness programmes.

Originality/value

It is undisputable that public libraries have good aims and if well operated will foster national development.

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Library Management, vol. 26 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 February 1986

Briggs C. Nzotta

Most literature on acquisitions, as well as on other aspects of librarianship, tends to focus on the developed countries. Automation, the application of the latest…

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Most literature on acquisitions, as well as on other aspects of librarianship, tends to focus on the developed countries. Automation, the application of the latest technologies and skills to library service, and similar issues are exhaustively studied and discussed. Unfortunately, such subjects are hardly of immediate relevance to the countries of the Third World.

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Collection Building, vol. 7 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 1 April 2003

Rose Bini Okiy

Nigeria is a developing country where the majority of the population live in rural areas. The majority of these rural dwellers are either non‐literate or semi‐literate…

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Nigeria is a developing country where the majority of the population live in rural areas. The majority of these rural dwellers are either non‐literate or semi‐literate. The need to involve them in the national development process cannot be overemphasized. This can be achieved through the identification of the information needs of rural dwellers and the provision of innovative rural public library services to improve their level of literacy and education and to enhance their ability to use practical information relevant to their daily lives.

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Library Review, vol. 52 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 April 1993

Fasola Petunola Abifarin

Discusses the benefits of establishing an electronic office in anorganization. Examines the potential applications of anelectronic office in Nigerian libraries. Discusses…

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Discusses the benefits of establishing an electronic office in an organization. Examines the potential applications of an electronic office in Nigerian libraries. Discusses the technical and economic problems that might inhibit thc establishment of an electronic office in these libraries. Makes an attempt to provide solutions to the highlighted problems.

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Library Management, vol. 14 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 5 June 2017

Saturday U. Omeluzor, Gloria O. Oyovwe-Tinuoye and Uche Emeka-Ukwu

This study aimed to assess the rural libraries and information services for rural development in Delta State, Nigeria.

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Purpose

This study aimed to assess the rural libraries and information services for rural development in Delta State, Nigeria.

Design methodology/approach

The study adopted both descriptive and exploratory research designs. Questionnaire, observation and structured interview guide were the major instruments for data collection. Total enumeration was used to gather data from respondents in 16 functional rural libraries in Delta State.

Findings

The study revealed the challenges that surround the rural people in accessing information in rural libraries. It showed that only 16 rural libraries were established and functional in 16 communities within the 25 local government areas. Findings also showed that the rural libraries were not able to fulfil their roles. It was evident that the information needs of the rural people which made them to access the library were not adequately met because of some hindrances such as inadequate up-to-date information materials, lack of awareness, illiteracy, language barrier, inadequate skilled personnel and inadequate infrastructure and facilities.

Practical implications

The important finding in this study is that rural libraries are the most relevant institution to disseminate information about government policies, inculcating reading habits and developing skill and knowledge of people. Therefore, underdevelopment of rural libraries and inadequate information sources and facilities will hinder access to information and development of the people who need them.

Originality value

This research is the first of its kind to assess rural libraries and information services for the development of rural people in the 16 rural libraries in Delta State of Nigeria.

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Publication date: 1 October 2005

Esharenana E. Adomi

To interview Ms Victoria Okojie, incoming president of the Nigerian Library Association. This introduction of her is timely as this issue also contains a conference report…

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Purpose

To interview Ms Victoria Okojie, incoming president of the Nigerian Library Association. This introduction of her is timely as this issue also contains a conference report of the Nigerian Library Association Annual Meeting. Concern about library education, the public sector, information technology and nearly every other aspect of concern to professional librarians is touched on in this interview.

Design/methodology/approach

The work and career ladder of such highly visible people is captured via questions and leading statements.

Findings

The position of president of a national library association is a major role model for people entering the profession and those already deeply involved. Contemporary lay and professional leaders in the transformative library and information science environment are inspiring leaders and share priorities and goals about lobbying government for increased resources and commitments, and to foster partnerships and collaborations among many different sectors.

Originality/value

Professional development work is a very high priority and demonstrates to readers different styles and challenges leaders around the world face.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 22 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 13 August 2018

Abdulsalam Abiodun Salman, Janneke Mostert and Tinashe Mugwisi

The purpose of this paper is to explore the managerial and governance issues that impact on service delivery in public libraries in Nigeria. Within many countries this…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the managerial and governance issues that impact on service delivery in public libraries in Nigeria. Within many countries this seems to be a challenge often resulting in an ineffective service delivery resulting in underutilisation thereof. This study was conducted among administrators and managers of public libraries in Nigeria to establish the current status quo concerning governance and management issues impacting on service delivery.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative study using interviews was used to illicit data from three permanent secretaries, six public library directors, and six heads of rural community libraries, purposively selected for the study.

Findings

The findings show that variables such as relevant academic qualifications, years of experience, and designation of the administrators and managers of public libraries affect service delivery. A huge dependency on government bodies for decision making and funding was established. Impediments to good management of the libraries were found to be inadequate funding; lack of involvement of stakeholders in public library administration; and inappropriate public library legislation.

Practical implications

The study recommends the promulgation of a public library-specific act in order to regulate the administration and management of this public unit, involve stakeholders in public library administration, as well as the provision of alternative forms of funding in order to alleviate the dependence on governmental budgets.

Originality/value

With very little research available on these issues in Nigeria, this paper will create awareness among all stakeholders of specific governance and managerial issues impacting on effective service delivery to public library users so that it can be addressed.

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Publication date: 14 November 2016

Patience Uzezi Otolo

The purpose of this paper is to find out: the functionality of public libraries in the provision of needed information resources; the impact of the use of modern…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to find out: the functionality of public libraries in the provision of needed information resources; the impact of the use of modern electronic gadgets as the level of patronage; the influence of old technology use on libraries; and the globalization effect on the user behavior toward public libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted the descriptive survey design since the opinion, perceptions and observation of public library users were examined. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 185 respondents. A well-structured questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. The instrument was validated by research experts in the area of test and measurement and in library and information science research. A reliability test was carried out using 25 academic library users in Delta State University, Abraka, to establish a coefficient of 0.87 using Cronbach’s α. The data obtained were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics for research questions while the Pearson product moment correlation coefficient analysis and linear regression analysis were used to test hypotheses.

Findings

Public libraries in Nigeria are functional and accessible. There is inadequacy in modern information and communication technology devices that aid information provision and dissemination, Globalization and modernization has negatively impacted the patronage of public libraries. The influence of deterritorialization has influenced the user attitude toward regular use. Globalization has made time and space much more closer, thereby reducing contact and interaction between library staff and users in the public library system. Globalization and/or modernization has brought not only challenges to public libraries, but also opportunities to exploit.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of the study were drawn from one sampled area to represent the entirety of the country. The respondents were public library users who were found using public libraries; therefore, less time was allocated to answering research instrument, thereby potentially and probably not responded to with utmost concern.

Practical implications

Public library functionality will be deterred if necessary actions are taken to improve the quality of service provision. There will likely be a reduced patronage of public libraries if users do not get the most recent information as supposed. There is already a negative effect of globalization and modernization on the functionality of public libraries. There is an urgent need to update and modernize public libraries across the nation for effective and efficient service delivery.

Social implications

Globalization has led to the reduction of interpersonal and social interaction which is supposed to promote friendliness between public library users and the staff. It also promoted the use of modern technologies such as telecommunication devices, information disseminating gadgets in homes while inhibiting public library patronage time and space is now been maximized for the benefit of library users who are distant from the public library location in as much as information has become accessible at their fingertips.

Originality/value

This research was carried out by the author (Dr (Mrs) P.U. Otolo) and is fully individual. All authors cited are duly acknowledged.

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Library Management, vol. 37 no. 8/9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 8 January 2021

Janet Onomeh Ubogu

This study discusses the role of librarian in the 21st century. Libraries are in a state of dilemma due to dramatic changes that information and communication technologies…

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This study discusses the role of librarian in the 21st century. Libraries are in a state of dilemma due to dramatic changes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have brought to libraries. Libraries are faced with various challenges including insufficient funds, but the inability of librarians to acquire IT skills relevant to addressing 21st century library services could be seen as a more difficult challenge, because without these skills it will be difficult for today's librarians to render adequate services to their patrons. Therefore, it is important for librarians to recognize and proactively seek to acquire the ICT skills needed to deliver 21st century library services to their patrons. This means that librarians need to also recognize the need to continually update themselves to keep up with today's fast-paced IT changes so that they will be able to deliver what is expected of them in this new millennium.

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Examining the impact of industry 4.0 on academic libraries
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80043-656-5

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