Integrating the Concept of Self Reliance in Library and Information Science Education in Nigeria: Issues and Prospects

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INTEGRATING THE CONCEPT OF SELF RELIANCE IN LIBRARY AND
INFORMATION SCIENCE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: ISSUES AND PROSPECTS
Isibor Andrew, BLS
Kashim Ibrahim Library, A. B. U., Zaria.
GSM: 08032785145 Email: isibor_andy@yahoo.com
Umar Ibrahim, BLS, MLS, PhD
Department of Library & Information Science
A. B. U., Zaria. GSM: 08037022011 Email: umarahim2003@yahoo.com Abstract This paper examines the preponderance of unemployment and the dynamic role Library and Information Science educators and accrediting bodies are expected to play in ensuring that Library and Information Science graduates are well informed and adequately prepared for career opportunities. There are numerous career opportunities for Library and Information Science
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Education improves the functional and analytical ability of individual as well as groups and thereby opens up opportunities to achieve greater access to labor markets and livelihoods (Goel, 2010). The importance of education goes beyond the concept of being literate. It goes much deeper, in denoting a way of life and thinking. It elucidates the difference between the right and the wrong and helps inculcate good virtues. The fundamental purpose of education is to gain knowledge, understand the forms proper conduct and acquire technical competency in specific subject(s).
According to Madin (2011) library and information science involves the collection, classification, storage and dissemination of information. It is a field of study that emphasizes information as a powerful tool for personal, organizational and national development. Information is said to be an essential part of a nation's resources and access to it is one of the basic human rights; information is not only a national resource vital for scientific and economic progress but is also seen as a medium for social communication.
Ideally a bachelor’s degree in library and information science prepares students for careers in the information industry. This is because, more often than not, the course contents include the concept of information, information resources, information systems, information literacy and the concept of

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