Operational Challenges of Library and Information Science Education in a Digital Environment

The Nigerian Perspective

  • Anezi Leonard Ezema Serials Management Department, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Library, Abia State
  • Chimezie Damian Ogbuabor University of Nigeria Secondary School, Nsukka
  • Ugochi Chioma Ekenna Cataloguing and Classification Department, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Library, Abia State
Keywords: LIS education, ICTs, LIS Degree Awards, Curricular, Nigerian universities, Digital environment, CCMAS


ICTs have changed LIS education and library practices globally. Today, LIS graduates need new skills and competencies to function effectively and remain relevant in this field. This paper discussed current trends and developments in LIS education around the world, the state of LIS education in Nigeria, with a focus on a total reformation of the curricula to ensure regular update of teaching facilities to be relevant in a digital environment, and operational challenges facing LIS education in Nigeria, which include, among other things, the government's persistent failure to adequately fund education in general and LIS education in
particular, paucity of funding for LIS programmes and inconsistency in nomenclature. It further examines how to address the issues raised, particularly by having the LIS schools build operational plans that are focused on making an effect and encouraging support to raise additional money. The report emphasizes in its conclusion that LIS education in Nigeria can be more significant in the digital age provided curricula and the necessary teaching resources and infrastructure are in accordance with the most recent global trends.