Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

Winter 10-9-2020

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Andrew Uchenna Ogbonna (CLN, MNLA)

E-Reference/Digital Librarian

Festus Aghagbo Nwako Library

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

(au.ogbonna@unizik.edu.ng)

https://orcid.org/0000-00122-6009-1827

+234 803 473 4389

Andrew U. Ogbonna is a Certified Librarian in Nigeria (CLN) and Member, Nigerian Library Association (MNLA) with a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and currently a Post-Graduate Student (PhD) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Former e-Reference librarian and currently the Head of the Digital Library, Festus Aghagbo Nwako Library, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. Former PRO, Nigerian Library Association, Anambra State Chapter. Andrew has been to many workshops and conferences including the prestigious Research4Life. He has published extensively in both local and international journals. His research interest is on Library Digital Assets, Database Management and the whole gamut of ICT-driven entrepreneurial services.

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Lamidi Abel Dare

Head, Cataloguing and Classification Dept;

Bingham University Library, Karu, Nassarwa State, Nigeria

(abeldarius@yahoo.co.uk)

https://orcid.org/0000-00122-6009-1827

+234 803 441 1918

Lamidi Abel Dare is an astute librarian working at Bingham University Library, Karu, Nasarawa State, Nigeria and a member of the prestigious Nigerian Library Association (NLA). Had a Masters Degree (MLS) in Library and Information Science and currently, a doctoral student (Ph.D) at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Lamidi has worked extensively in library services hence, presently the Head of the Cataloguing and Classification Department of the University.

Abstract

Social media is currently changing the terrain in our day-to-day communication and interaction in our society and organizations. Currently, many library graduates are becoming “netizens” and digital natives who are no longer comfortable with the conventional traditional library education after graduation. In the same vein, there is this driving zeal of these new breed librarians to become job creators and no longer job seekers especially after graduation, hence, the need for adopting entrepreneurship stance such as the introduction of “Infopreneur” to their library education. This is because, joblessness has been on the increase for so many years. Library graduates are roaming the street jobless and many are found idle. This paper considers the adoption of social media and infopreneurship skills to be acquired by our graduating students so as to mitigate the unemployment problems of library graduates in Nigeria. The paper also explored several existing body of knowledge that can do this, highlighted ways of transforming library education to gainful employment. It further stated the ways in which social media and infopreneurship can be eventful in Nigeria and concluded that the Nigerian education planners should try to encourage and expand the social media and infopreneurship education in our universities to help the outcoming graduates to provide jobs for themselves and others.

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