International Journal of Development in Information and Library Sciences Vol.3 No. 1&2
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UGWUANYI, A. A.
Library Department
Federal College of Education (Technical)
Umunze, Nigeria.


OBI, IFEYINWA C.
ANIOKE, CHIKAODILI L.
Department of Library and Information Science
Federal College of Education (Technical)
Umunze, Nigeria.


OKORE, NNEKA E.
Information & Documentation Department
Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria
Iyanomo, Nigeria.


Abstract

This Study provides a perspective on standardization of Library and Information Science (LIS) curriculum of Nigerian universities. It discusses standardization within the context of the NUC Minimum Academic Standards (MAS) as criteria for accreditation. The study, however, argues that given the rapid growth of knowledge in the LIS disciplines globally, there must be recognition of the obsolescence of some of the components of MAS before realistic recommendations are made. It also argues that to prepare for the basic limitation of standardization attempt, LIS must be seen within the context of Nigerian education generally and Nigeria’s socio-cultural, political, economic and demographic characteristics. Considering student mobility and portability of credits among institutions and staff exchange and interactions, the study proposes curricula contents and programme structures for all levels (undergraduate, Master and Ph.D) that can be commonly adoptable and periodically reviewable. The study concludes by emphasizing that commonality is possible in diversity. It stresses that Nigerian LIS schools must strive hard to ensure that they are not left far behind by their counterparts in other parts of the world, while at the same time ensuring that Nigerian society gets the LIS professionals that are well equipped and capable of elevating our people’s cultural and intellectual level.