The Reference Librarian as a Partner in Community Service in Nigeria

DAWHA, Emmanuel and OYEDUM, Georgina (2015) The Reference Librarian as a Partner in Community Service in Nigeria. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa in Session 190 - Reference and Information Services Section.

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Abstract

The Reference Librarian as a Partner in Community Service in Nigeria

This paper examines the situation in Nigeria concerning reference services in Nigerian libraries, as well as the role of the Reference Librarians in providing Community Information Services in Nigeria. Information services provided were examined in relation to the information needs of both rural and urban Nigerian dwellers. The paper shows that the reference services provided by Reference Librarians are largely inadequate, especially in rural areas which have a good proportion of the Nigerian populace. Apparently, the rural populace which deserve special attention is not adequately taken care of by the budgetary provision of the libraries. The administrative structure from State Government to Ward level presents a good platform for implementing effective community service by the Reference Librarian in Nigeria. Library and Information Professionals should endeavour to re-define their roles and methods according to Community Information needs and Reference Librarians should be specially trained and equipped to reach all community members according to their needs, taking advantage of ICT, thus making the positive impact of Reference Librarians greatly felt in Nigeria.

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