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LIS Education for 21st Century Information Users

LIS Education for 21st Century Information Users
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Author(s): Pearl Chidimma Akanwa (Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria) and Ogechi Nkechi Okorie (Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 16
Source title: Managing and Adapting Library Information Services for Future Users
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nkem Ekene Osuigwe (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1116-9.ch004

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Abstract

This chapter is on library and information science education for the 21st century users. It aims at x-raying the nature of LIS program as practiced in Nigeria so as to ascertain the extent to which the graduates will remain relevant in practice. This is based on the fact that the present-day library and information users are getting technologically advanced, and graduates of LIS education are also expected to be technologically visible to the users. The following subheadings were considered: library schools in Nigeria and their programmes, need for restructuring LIS programme, new programmes/courses to be incorporated in LIS education, and challenges of restructuring LIS education programmes. Library and information science professionals are not only having to adapt to change in library services but they also require in-depth and structured education and training programmes that are in line with the current technological demands. This will help the professionals to provide the needed manpower for the nation's information occupation engagements and effective user assistance.

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