Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



The high rate of unemployment among university graduates in Library and Information Science (LIS) is alarming. This paper investigates the level of awareness of infopreneurship studies among LIS undergraduate students of Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba, Kogi State. The study is a survey design. The population of the study comprises of 460 students from year 1 to year 4. Krejcie and Morgan Table was used to determine a sample size of 159 students and simple random sampling technique was used to select students from the Department of Library and Information Science. Questionnaire was used as instrument of data collection. 159 copies of questionnaire were administered, and 144 copies were successfully filled and returned, making a return rate of 90.6%. The study revealed that, majority are aware of infopreneurship as a means of job creation for LIS students. Business centres which include photocopying, printing and lamination are most common types of infopreneurship preferred by the students. One of the intending challenges identified by the students is funding. This study recommends the needs for library schools to make infopreneurhsip all-inclusive in their curriculum. Practical knowledge and skills/competency should be taught in the curriculum. Lastly, governments should make fund available to acquire practical tools and facilities in order to aid and facilitate the teaching and learning of infopreneurship. The study contributes to knowledge in terms of literature, policy and practice for inforpreneurship development in Nigeria.

Keywords: Infopreneurship, Awareness, University, library and information science, undergraduate students, Kogi State.