Collaboration among Library and Information Science Educators in West Africa: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities

UKACHI, Ngozi Blessing (2016) Collaboration among Library and Information Science Educators in West Africa: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 152 - LIS Education in Developing Countries.

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Abstract

Collaboration among Library and Information Science Educators in West Africa: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities

Collaboration as a phenomenon is germane to educational success. This is because it creates a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and skills. This study is concentrated on collaboration among library and information professionals in West Africa. It established perception of LIS Educators in West Africa about collaboration, identified areas of collaboration and the extent of LIS Educators engagement in it. The levels of collaboration (whether institutional, local, national or cross-national) among LIS Educators in West Africa, the benefits associated with collaboration as well as factors militating against collaboration among them were found out. The study concluded by recommending among others that LIS Educators should develop and maintain positive disposition and attitudes towards collaboration. Those who are presently having problems with where and how to connect with collaborators especially at the international levels should join and participate in professional social media networks such as; LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Academia.org, etc

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