Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Winter 2-18-2013


Article for peer review


Since independence Nigeria has been making concerted efforts towards the attainment of sustainable development under the aegis of various development programs, but little success has been achieved, since development is based only on the utilization of the western systems of knowledge. This paper therefore explores ways of achieving sustainable development by harnessing the untapped benefit embedded in the indigenous knowledge systems. Indigenous knowledge which we see as the knowledge systems held by traditional communities and is based on their experience and adaptation to a local culture and environment is relevant for development especially in agriculture, medicine, crafts, theatre, natural resources management arts and music. This paper discusses the prospects and challenges for Nigerian libraries in documentation and communication of indigenous knowledge and recommends that libraries should play a key role in indigenous knowledge organisation and preservation as well as promoting access and sharing to enhance sustainable national development.



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