Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Embedding Computer Literacy Practical as Stand-alone Course in the Curriculum of Library and Information Science in Nigeria.
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The purpose of the study is to evaluate library schools’ curricula in Nigeria with the aim of identifying a practical course on computer literacy to solve the problem of lack of ICT staff as noted by several studies conducted on the African continent. The study covered 30 universities offering Library and Information Science. The main instrument for data collection was analysis of departmental documents containing the LIS curriculum. Some library and information science educators and students were also interviewed on the availability of computer laboratories in the LIS department for students to acquire computer skills. The study revealed that majority of the library schools offer the course “computer literacy”, or related areas as core course in their curricula and not as general study courses. However, only few library schools have computer laboratories for students to acquire computer skills. Findings from the study will inform LIS educators to see the need to review their curriculum to incorporate a stand-alone course on “computer literacy” in the curriculum and ICT laboratories in the LIS department in compliance with the Librarian’s Registration Council of Nigerian (LRCN) directive to be able to produce future ICT/Digital librarians with employers needed ICT skills.
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