The Provision of Library and Information Services in Developing Nations: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
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Purpose: This paper set out to critically examine the challenges faced by libraries and librarians in Nigeria in their services provision to users in this era known for information explosion and the use of Information and Communication Technologies in information handling processes. Design/Methodology/Approach: The approach adopted for this study was library research which an over-view of Developing Nations meeting the challenges of the Zl" century. Findings: The paper identified information literacy, training and food interpersonal and communication skills as vital for librarians to be relevant and functional in the Zl" century. They also require technical competencies such as ability to embrace change, comfort in the online environment, ability to troubleshoot and learn new technologies, and ability to keep up with new ideas in technology '. and librarianship. 'Practical Implications: the Zl" century ear of advances in ICT should be accepted by librarians as opportunities for libraries and librarians to showcase themselves for greater relevance in the information age. Originality/Value: The paper's value lies in its submission strategies that will ensure that librarians meet the challenges of the Zl" century which include automation of libraries, training of librarians and promotion of information literacy among others.
Library and Information services , Skills and technical competencies , Challenges , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Other social sciences::Library and information science
Ukachi, N.B (2010). The Provision of Library and Information Services in Developing Nations: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century. Journal of Applied Information Science and Technology, Vol.4