Research Papers/Topics in Library And Information Science

The Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Natures of Library and Information Science: An Analysis Natures of Library and Information Science: An Analysis

The term Library and Information Science (LIS) was borne out of the need to merge two closely related fields – Library Science (LS) and Information Science (IS) – that deal with the management and handling of information. This paper discusses the context of LIS by using the Crossing Path five (5) metrics of identifying interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary disciplines. It further argues that LIS is an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary bra...

The Use of Social Intelligence as a Tool for Improving the Relevance of Libraries in the Society Relevance of Libraries in the Society

The roles libraries play in contributing to the progress of the society cannot be overemphasized because libraries are one of the institutions needed for the over-all attainment of 21st-century goals. This paper argues that the use of Social Intelligence in the library services would aid the creation of new experience for library users and other stakeholders, which will result in increasing the credibility and recognition of libraries across various societies. Its main objective is to cr...

Digital Repositories as Harbingers of Open Access in India - A Study

ABSTRACT Open Access (OA) is a noble cause as it removes all hurdles from free access to scholarly works and promotes knowledge sharing. The OA movement is strengthened by Institutional Repositories (IRs). IRs are based on institute-specific requirements, workflow pattern, metadata, and other related standards for different kinds of digital documents, search and retrieval requirements, and user interfaces at various levels. In India, some elite educational and research institutes such as...

Open Access Initiatives in Medical Biology - A Study of Institutional Repositories in India

ABSTRACT Open Access (OA) is reshaping the world by redefining the scholarly communication methods with focus on building a knowledge society. It has the power to democratize the knowledge by removing hurdles from free access to scholarly works while encouraging knowledge sharing. Institutional Repositories (IRs) play a vital role in the OA movement by facilitating the Green Route to Open Access. In India, some elite educational and research institutes such as the Indian Statistical Inst...

Appraisal Of Electronic Resources For Information Services Delivery, Utilization, Benefits And Challenges For Museum And Monuments In Nigeria

Abstract: This paper attempts to analyse the appraisal of electronic readiness for information delivery services, utilization, benefits and challenges for development of Museums and Monuments in Nigeria. Descriptive survey research was adopted for this study; the target population for the research was 784 museums professionals. Out of six-geopolitical zone which made up of Nigeria, two-geographical zone of national museum were selected for random sampling. Total enumeration sampling ...

The Standing Conference Of Eastern, Central, And Southern African Library Associations (SCECSAL) XXIII 2018: Lessons Learned

Introduction The XXIII Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library Associations (SCECSAL) 2018 was held at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda, from 23 to 27 April 2018, with the Uganda Library and Information Association and the National Library of Uganda playing the host. The XXIII SCECSAL had in attendance 220 participants from 15 countries/library associations that included Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and so forth, d...

Advocacy For Benchmarking In The Nigerian Institute Of Advanced Legal Studies Library, Lagos

Abstract The paper gave a general overview of benchmarking and its novel application to library practice with a view to achieve organizational change and improved performance. Based on literature, the paper took an analytic, descriptive and qualitative overview of benchmarking practices vis a vis services in law libraries generally and with a particular reference to the Apex Law Institute in Nigeria – Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). The paper highlighted the rat...

Access To Information Resource And Opportunities For Social Inclusiveness: Perceptions Of Visually Impaired Students Of Higher Education Institutions In Lagos, Nigeria

ABSTRACT The challenges of access to educational resources  (including print information resource and learning materials) and the problems of social inclusion facing visually impaired students are well documented. 

Safeguarding Africa’s Cultural Heritage Through Digital Preservation

Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine protection of Africa’s cultural heritage through digital preservation. Design/methodology/approach: A mixed method consisting of survey and interview techniques were used to gather both quantitative and qualitative data from selected cultural heritage institutions and national agencies in Nigeria. A self administered questionnaire was used to collect data from Curators, Archivists, and Librarians. A total of sixty five staff f...

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Application to Cataloguing and Classification in Nigerian Libraries

Abstract Purpose: This paper presents an assessment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) application to cataloguing and classification in Nigerian libraries. Design/ Methodology/Approach: Descriptive survey design was adopted for this study. A selfdeveloped questionnaire was administered among cataloguers who attended the annual workshop of the Cataloguing and Classification section of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) in Badagry, Lagos state, Nigeria. A total of 70 ...

Influence of Access to HIV/AIDS Information on the Knowledge of Federal University Undergraduates in Nigeria

Abstract Information and knowledge are the foremost tools in fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS. Previous studies have focused more on HIV/AIDS and Nigerian undergraduates’ attitudes, beliefs and protective practices than how information factors influence their knowledge of the pandemic. This study, therefore, investigated the influence of access to HIV/AIDS information on its knowledge among undergraduates of federal universities in Nigeria. The study adopted the descriptive survey res...

Institutional Repositories In University Libraries In Nigeria And The Challenge Of Copyright

Copyright is a focal issue contending with the development of institutional repositories (IRs). Extant literature focused on the awareness, benefits and the various IR activities across the globe. This study investigated the issues of copyright in institutional repository in universities’ libraries in Nigeria. The study adopted the descriptive survey research design. A multistage sampling procedure was employed to sample 844 lecturers of the universities in Nigeria....

Policies for Preservation and Security of Information

 Policy has been defined as a course of action adopted or proposed by an organization or any individual to guide certain operations (Akinfolarin, 1992). While security has been defined as a state of being free from threat, danger or destruction, Furthermore, preservation is defined as the act of keeping something or preventing it from being damaged (Akussah, 2006). Vividly we could say that policy for preserving, security of information resources could be defined as; a course of a...

Conservation Techniques in Libraries and Information Center

Conservation is an essential library activity which when well implemented has the capability of sustaining and promoting library activities for a very long time. However, preservation is often used interchangeably with conservation, besides, there is a subtle difference between the two. Preservation suggests that natural resources will be left undisturbed, while conservation usually indicates some resource management. Conservation includes proper diagnosis of the decayed materials, time...

Preservation and Conservation of Information Resources in the Nigerian Library: Concepts and Challenges

AbstractThe paper examines the preservation and conservation of information resources in the Nigerian library: concepts and challenges, conservation is seen as specific practices taken to slow down deterioration and prolong the life span of an object by direct intervening in its physical or chemical makeup, while preservation explains all the managerial and financial considerations including storage and accommodation provisions, staffing levels, policies, techniques, and methods involve...


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