Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Summer 7-2-2019


This study investigated the state of Library and Information Science Education in Nigeria. The essence of the study was to explore the current LIS educational activities and environments and determine how it fully prepares librarians for the changes that are taking in academic institutions. The descriptive survey research design was used; four research questions were raised. The study population comprised of 264 LIS students at the University of Port-Harcourt and Rivers State University, Nigeria, in which total enumeration sampling technique was used. 245questionnaire were returned and considered suitable for data analysis; this gave 93% response rate. SPSS output format based on simple frequency count and percentage distribution, mean and standard deviation were used for data analysis. The findings revealed that: LIS students’ awareness on emerging topics in the discipline was low; there were no practical sessions on Information Literacy, Digitization, as well as Indexing and Abstracting. Though there were modern facilities, yet, there were no RDA Toolkit and Teleconferencing facilities, just as students do not have the opportunity of evaluating their lecturers. In addition, cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills are not collectively considered in the overall evaluation of LIS students. Based on the findings of this study, four recommendations were made.