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Pyrex Journal of Library and Information Science (PJLIS)

November 2015 Vol. 1(5), pp. 041-047

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Original Research Article


Information as an Intellectual Resource: The Roles of Library in the Development of University Education in Nigeria


JA Yaya1*, EO Adeyanju2, K Adeeko3 and MK Alawiye4

1Chief Librarian, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.

2Senior Librarian; Yaba College of Technology, P.M.B. 2011, Yaba Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.

3Librarian II, University Library, McPherson University; Seriki Sotayo, P.M.B. 2094, Abeokuta Ogun State.

4Librarian 1, Nimbe Adedipe Library, Federal University of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: yjapheth@yahoo.com

Accepted 27th October, 2015



Abstract


This paper examines Information as an Intellectual Resource: The role of libraries in the development of University Education in Nigeria. Education is widely accepted as a major instrument for promoting socioeconomic, political and cultural development. University education aims at generating national development. It should not only to seek to develop the intellectual capacities of individuals to understand and appreciate their environment, but should endeavor to equip recipients with requisite physical and intellectual skills fit for life in the society. The achievement of these objectives, centre round its ability to encourage teaching, research and community service. The academic library sited in each University enhances the achievement of the aforementioned goals of the university education in any country. Thus, issues that are discussed in this paper include: Overview of Information as an intellectual resource, Historical development of University education in Nigeria, Decaying state of University education in Nigeria development of University Libraries in Nigeria and Roles of libraries in the development of University Education in Nigeria. It concludes by recommending that the Nigerian government must be ready to address the issue of funding the system adequately. Also, the federal government should fully implement the UNESCO 26% policy in her annual budgetary allocation to the Ministry of education in the country, and the university library should be adequately equipped with relevant and current educational resources that would enable it to effectively discharge its revolutionary roles of the university education in Nigeria.

Keywords: Information, Intellectual resource, University education, Library, Nigeria.

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