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Academia Journal of Educational Research  5(10): 306-313, October 2017
DOI: 10.15413/ajer.2017.0937
ISSN 2315-7704
2017 Academia Publishing

Abstract

 

Trends and issues in library and information science curriculum in Nigeria
 

Accepted 29th August, 2017

 
Johnson Adetunji Adeyemi1*, Emilian Imuwahen Bribena2, Helen Duosakeh Appah1 and Omolara Olufunmilayo Akinlade1

1University Library, Bells University of Technology, P. M. B. 1015, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
2University Library, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State.


The curriculum is the best barometer to reflect the changes and challenges we face today in Library and Information Science (LIS) education. No wonder it is one of the issues persistent in Library and Information Science Education. What should constitute the core in the LIS curriculum has always been the focus in the field. The paper looks into the trends and issues in LIS curriculum in Nigeria. It reviewed the trends and issues in LIS curriculum in Nigeria in terms of its dynamism and robustness. The study identified increased Information and Communication Technology (ICT) component in library schools curricula as the major trend in curriculum. It identified lack of content with emerging disciplines, gap between what is being taught in many LIS schools and what is being practiced in most libraries as some of the issues in ICT curriculum in Nigeria. The paper noted institutional bureaucracy, lack of usable models, inadequate funding, inadequate staffs and expertise, unreliable power supply, poor infrastructure/instructional facilities for teaching and learning poor linkages between institutions of learning at national and international levels and lack of networks with global knowledge system as some of the challenges facing the implementation of LIS curriculum. The paper recommends infrastructure/instructional development, government intervention, training the trainer and interdisciplinary approach as a way to propel LIS School to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and to ensure that graduates from library schools in Nigeria are equipped with the competencies required to function effectively in the management of all categories of libraries.

Keywords: Curriculum, trends, issues, library, information science, Nigeria.
 

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. 

Cite this article as:

Adeyemi JA, Bribena EI, Appah HD, Akinlade OO (2017). Trends and issues in library and information science curriculum in Nigeria. Acad. J. Educ. Res. 5(10): 306-313

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