USE OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) APPLICATION IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: BENEFIT AND CHALLENGES

Muhammad Kabir Sahabi (PhD), B. Ogochukwu Ezeudu

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This paper highlight the important role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) application plays in University libraries for national development. In particular the paper has argued that ICT applications have impacted on University libraries practice in Nigeria to date in quite small ways but that the impact will grow considerably in years to come and that use of ICT application will become a strong agent for change among many University libraries. It is evident from the study that use of ICT application in University libraries is increasing very rapidly in various University libraries. One of the most common problems of using ICT application in University libraries is to base choices on technological possibilities. In developing countries where University libraries is fraught with serious challenges at multiple levels, there is increasing pressure to ensure that technological possibilities are viewed in the context of library needs. The use of ICT application in University libraries lends itself to more student-centred learning settings and often this creates some tensions for some students. But with the world moving rapidly into digital media and information, the use of ICT application in University libraries is becoming more and more important and this importance will continue to grow and develop in the University libraries for national development. The study showed that the use of ICT in University libraries is limited. Some recommendations have been made.

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University Libraries, ICT, Application of ICTs in University Library, Relevance of ICT, National Development, Strategies for Effective use of ICT for National Development

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