Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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A look at the history of Library Education in Nigeria showed that right from inception it has been characterized by one problem or the other. The first two Library Schools in Ibadan and Zaria were established on different professional and philosophical orientations. The inability of the Leadership to monitor and harmonize this variation led to the proliferation of various programs in different kinds of Institutions across the Country. This development led to questions being raised on the issue of professional qualification, curriculum content, facilities and the faculty. This study attempted to provide answers to these questions from the perspective of library Educators. A questionnaire was administered on 25 faculty members randomly selected from five Universities offering the Bachelor of Library Science program. Analysis of the data revealed the varied nature of the curriculum contents and the poor state of information resources and facilities, coupled with inadequate senior faculty members in Nigerian Library Schools. It is however hoped that a conscious and deliberate policy from bodies such as Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), Nigeria Library Association (NLA), National Universities Commission (NUC), and Education Trust Fund (ETF) will change the course of Library Education for the better in Nigeria.
Published in Library Philosophy and Practice (2011) 8 p.