Department of Library and Information Science

Department of Library and Information Science

Name of Department:                               Department of Library and Information Science
Name of Ag.Head Of Deparment:           Dr. H. O. C. Otokunefor
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Contact Phone Number(s):                     08033415883

 

INTRODUCTION

The establishment of the Department of Library and Information Science (BLIS) was contained in the University of Port Harcourt first Strategic Plan 2003-2013 (pg.95). The plan was to complete the Library Building Complex at the University permanent site, furnish and implement the Virtual library Project and then establish the department. The University Library moved to its permanent site in 2008 and officially launched her fully Integrated Library Management System (Virtua) funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Friday, 8th February, 2013. Thereafter, the University Senate, at its 395th Meeting held on Wednesday, 29th January, 2014, gave approval for the establishment of the Department of Library and Information Science. The pioneer head of department was appointed in February, 2014.

An office allocation was made available on the ground floor of the Donald E.U. Ekong Library. A modern state of the art 36-computer e-learning classroom was set using the mopped up funds from the MacArthur Library Automation Grant. Thus, a synergy between the University library and the department was created right from its inception. Donald E.U.Ekong Library will serve as the main practical laboratory just as the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is to the Medical students. The students are expected from day one of resumption to familiarise themselves with an ICT driven university library environment. This will eliminate all conceptual barriers that exist where only the theoretical aspects are taught with the daily practical hands-on. The students are expected to be computer literate and are very much at home operating the computer. In order to prepare them for the job market, they are expected to acquire professional certification such as A+ with training from the industry, the Nigerian ICT Forum based in Abuja. This is the first of its kind in the training of librarians and information scientists with more emphasis on ICT based subjects to train our products to fit into the ICT career structure with relevant professional certification. A close contact with the industry is already in place to train manpower specific to their needs. It is expected that software developers and networking experts will be the end result of the training. The department coming into existence in the 21st century driven by a digital revolution is purely science based, filling the gap created by the older library and information schools in the Country whose major its students are in the humanities and social sciences.

LECTURERS IN THE DEPARTMENT

S/N

Name of Academic Staff

Area of Specialization

Discipline

Qualification

Rank

1.

Dr. Mrs H.O.C Otokunefor

Library Automation, Application of ICTs in Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science

DLS, HND(Accts), MLS, PhD(LIS)

Senior Lecturer & Ag. HOD

2.

Dr. Mrs. Helen Emasealu

Special Libraries

Library

Science

B.A.(Russian Language), MLS, PhD(LIS)

Senior Lecturer

3.

Mr. F. Ordumah

Library Management

Library

Science

DLS, B.Sc. (Sociology) MLS

Lecturer 1

4.

Mrs. Glory Edet

Cataloguing and Classification; Library Automation

Library Science

B.Sc.(Lib. Sci./Biology) , MLS

Lecturer 1

5.

Mrs. H.E Obi

Cataloguing and Classification

Library  and Information Science

B.Sc.(Banking &Finance), MLS

Lecturer 1

 

6.

Mrs. Boma Davidwest

Cataloguing and Classification

Library and Information Science

B.A. (English), MLS

Lecturer 1

7.

Mrs. Juliet Alex-Nmecha

Reference and Preservation

Library and Information Science

N.C.E(Soc. Studies/EconomicsB.ed. Economics  MLS

Lecturer 1

8.

Dr.  Mrs. Comfort

Nwuju Owate

Library Administration

Library and Information Science

B.SC Public Administration MLS

Lecturer 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART-TIME AND ADJUNCT  LECTURERS

S/N

Name of Academic Staff

Area of Specialization

Discipline

Qualification

Rank

1.

Prof. Edet Effiong Nkereuwem

Application of Computer to Libraries

Library and Information science

BLS, AMLS, PhD.(LIS)

Professor

2.

Prof.  E.E. Adomi

Community informatics

Library and Information Science

B.Ed.(English), MLS, M.Ed.(Guid.&Coun.) PhD.(LIS)

Professor

 

3.

Dr. Mrs S.N Umeozor

Academic Librarianship

Library and Information Science

B.A.(Psychology), MLS, PhD(LIS)

Senior Lecturer/ University Librarian

4.

Barr. Emmanuel Owushi

Law Librarian

Library and Information Science

BLS, LLB,BL MPA, MLS,PhD  in view

Senior Lecturer/ law Librarian

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of education of Library and Information Science is based on the national objectives, as contained in Section 1, paragraph 1 of the National Policy on Education; viz:

  • A free and democratic Society
  • A just and egalitarian  society
  • A united, strong and self-reliant nation
  • A great and dynamic economy
  • A land of bright and full opportunities for all citizens 

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The main objective of the library and information science degree programme is to produce graduates well equipped to function effectively and efficiently in the digital revolution and information driven economy of the 21st century. Thus, the programme is expected to:

  • Expose students to the central academic body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, essential to face changes and challenges in the information and knowledge society.
  • Produce qualified personnel to man the ever increasing number of libraries and other information institutions.
  • Prepare a crop of dedicated librarians and information scientists who will serve as change agents (catalysts) for the rapid development of information institutions.
  • Prepare and expose students to professional ICT certifications that will make them ready for the relevant industries without further training.
  • Prepare and expose students to entrepreneurial skills in programming, networking, maintenance and web designing etc.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

The admission requirements for entry into the first degree programme are same as the University entry requirement which is through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

UTME 4 YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMME

Credit passes in the Senior Secondary Certification Examination (SSCE) or its equivalent in five (5) subjects including English, Mathematics and any three (3) from Biology/Agric. Science, Chemistry, Physics, Further Maths, Technical Drawing, Geography, economics, government, history and literature in English.

Direct Entry (3-year degree programme):

Any one of the following qualifications is admissible:

  • A pass at least at Merit level in a relevant Diploma Programme (provided the  University’s English Language requirement has been satisfied).
  • two (2) passes in relevant subject areas at Advanced Level with SSCE/GCE ‘O’ level credit passes in three other subjects in not more than two (2) sittings, or
  • Three (3) passes in relevant subject areas at Advances Level with SSCE/GCE ‘O’ level Creditpasses in two other subjects in not more than two (2) sittings
  • At least Merit in two (2) major subjects in relevant areas in the NCE with SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level Credit or its equivalent in three (3) other subjects.
  • Two (2) Passes at the IJMB (interim Joint Matriculation Board) examination or of Basic Studies Terminal Examinations in (International Baccalaureate) from recognized institution with Senior Secondary School
  • Certificate Credits or Equivalent in  three other subjects (Subject to University  requirements)
  • Three (3) Passes in C (ii) above with a Senior Secondary School Certificate Credit or its equivalent in two other subjects.

REGISTRATION OF COURSES

Every student is required to register for all courses during the time stipulated which is usually the first week of resumption at the beginning of the session. Students who cannot register during the specified time may however, register later but all registration procedures must be completed within the time allowed for late registration.

Course registration is the responsibility of the student’s parent department. The Head of Department signs for all the courses registered. The Department will ensure that students re-register for all previously failed courses in which the programme requires a pass, and meet the prescribed requirements for each course registered. Furthermore, the total credit units registered must not be less 15 or more than 24 per semester. Any registration completed after the time specified will be null and void and will not be credited to the student even when he/she has taken and passed an examination in the course. Students are not be allowed to sit for examinations in courses for which they are not previously registered. Such actions are fraudulent and culprits will be appropriately disciplined.

Any genuine request for late registration must be made in writing to the Head of Department, and a late registration fee, whose amount is reviewed each year in line with the cost of living, paid to the Bursary. Forms for late registration will be given out only when the appropriate receipt is documented on the form.

Application for adding or dropping a course must be made on the prescribed Add/Drop Form and certified by the Registrar after obtaining the approval of the Head of Department concerned, not later than four weeks before the examination in each semester. Any change of course made by altering the registration form will be null and void.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The National Universities Commission Minimum Academic Standards require that each student should spend a minimum of four years and a maximum of six years for graduation. It also specifies a minimum academic standard that requires that each programme in the University should as much as possible be organised into the following types of courses:

  • General Studies Courses
  • Core/Compulsory Courses
  • Cognate Courses
  • Electives.

Each course has a specified unit number, one unit being one hour of lecture/tutorial per week per semester. Each student will be required to cover a minimum number of unit hours for the entire degree programme stipulated by the department. This will usually be 50% of the hours required by the department. This is in addition to 4 weeks spent for practicum in the University Library (Donald E.U.Ekong Library) during the entire programme. For details of the courses and the unit hours needed to be covered to graduate, the student should refer to the appropriate section of this brochure.

APPROVED DEGREE REGULATIONS

To obtain a Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) Degree, the student shall:

  • Complete the programme of study approved by Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of studies consisting of:
  •     General Studies Courses
  •     Core/Compulsory Courses
  •     Special Area Courses
  •     Electives
  • Sit for and pass all examinations on the prescribed courses registered for.
  • Achieve a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of not less than 1.50 in the courses registered to remain in the programme.
  • Must have passed a total minimum of not less than 120 credit units.
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to the University as well as other requirements relating to attendance and character as may be prescribed by the Senate, and
  • Be formally recommended by the departmental Board of Studies of the Department and Faculty for the award of the degree.

GRADING SYSTEM

The following system of Grade Points shall be used for all faculties (see table)

PERCENTAGE SCORE

LETTER GRADE

GRADE POINTS (GP)

CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE (CGPA)

CLASS OF DEGREE

70% & above

A

5

4.50-5.00

1st Class

60-69

B

4

3.50-4.49

2nd Class Upper

50-59

C

3

2.40-3.49

2nd Class Lower

45-49

D

2

1.50-2.39

3rd Class

0-44

F

0

 

 

NUC Benchmark and Minimum Academic Standard-Education Page 8

Students are obliged to sit for examination in all registered courses. Any student who fails to sit for a course examination without satisfactory reason earns the grade of “F”.

COMPUTATION OF GRADE POINT AVERAGE

Every course carries a fixed number of Credit Units (CU); one Credit Unit being when a class meets for one hour every week for a 15 week semester, or three hours every week in the laboratory, workshop or field. Quality Point (QP) are derived by multiplying the Credit Units for the courses by the Grade Points (GP) earned by the students, for instance in a course with 3 Credit Units in which a student earned a B with 4 Grade Points is 3x4=12.

Grade Points Average (GPA) is derived by dividing the Quality Points for the semester by the Credit Units for the semester: for example in a semester where the student earned 56 Quality Points for 18 Credit Units, the GPA is 56/18=3.11.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is derived by adding the Total Quality Points (TQP) to date and dividing by the Total Credit Units (TCU) to date. For example, if the TQP is 228 and the TCU is 68, the CGPA is 228/68=3.35.

In computing the grade point average, the followings are considered:

  • Grades obtained in all approved courses of a student’s prescribed programme, excluding audited courses, shall be used to compute the GPA.
  • Where a student has registered more than the allowed number of elective courses, the prescribed number chosen in the order of registration, will be treated as audited courses and will not be used in calculating the CGPA.
  • Where a student registered for a course but the result is unavailable, due to no fault of the student, the student will re-register for it in the next academic year as first attempt.
  • When a student transfers from one Faculty to another, only the grades obtained in the courses in the new prescribed programme of study will be used to compute the CGPA. Courses which were completed before the change of programme and which are not part of the new prescribed programme will be treated as audited courses.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 units out of a maximum of 136 units for graduation.

DEGREE CLASSIFICATION

The degree shall be awarded with 1st class, 2nd  class upper, 2nd class lower or 3rd class Honours. The Cumulative Grade Point Average for these classifications shall be:

Class of Degree Average                                       Cumulative Grade Point

1st Class                                                                     4.50             5.00

2nd Class (Upper Division)                                          3.50             4.49

2nd Class (Lower Division)                                          2.40             3.49

3rd Class                                                                     1.50             2.39

CONTINUATION, PROBATION AND WITHDRAWAL

The essential points on the subject matter are as highlighted below:

CONTINUATION REQUIREMENT

The continuation requirement in the university is a CGPA of 1.50 at the end of every academic year.

PROBATION

Probation is a status granted a student whose academic performance falls below an acceptable standard. A student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is below 1.50 at the end of a particular year of study earns a period of probation for one academic session.

LIMITATION OF REGISTRATION

Students on probation may not register for more than 15 units per semester. The purpose of the restriction is to give the student a chance to concentrate on improving their performance and thus raising their CGPA.

WARNING ON DE-REGISTRATION

Students should be warned by their department if at the end of any semester, their GPA falls below 1.50.

REPEATING FAILED COURSE UNIT(S)

Subject to the conditions for withdrawal and probation, a student must repeat the failed course unit(s) at the next available opportunity, provided that the total number of credit units carried during that semester does not exceed 24, and the Grade Point earned at all attempts shall count towards the computation of the CGPA.

WITHDRAWAL FROM STUDY

A student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is below 1.50 at the end of a particular year of probation shall be required to withdraw from the University. However, in order to minimise waste of human resources, consideration should be given to withdraw from programme of study and possible transfer to other programme within the University.

DURATION OF PROGRAMME

Programme lasts for a minimum of four (4) years and maximum of six (6) years.

AUDITING OF COURSES

Students may attend courses outside their prescribed programme. The course shall be recorded in their transcripts only if they registered for it with the approval of the Head of Department, the Dean of their Faculty and must have taken the prescribed examination. An audited course shall not be used in calculating the CGPA.

ACADEMIC ADVISERS

Every student is attached to an Academic Adviser who is a member of the academic staff and who will advise him/her on academic affairs as well as on academic progress and provide counselling to them on personal matters. Academic Advisers are expected to follow their students’ academic progress and provide counselling to them.

It is the duty of the Head of Department to assign an Academic Adviser to each student at the beginning of each session. Academic Adviser should give clear information on the notice boards or on their doors about appropriate time and places within the University where they will be available to students who wish to consult them during the official hours.

GENERAL REMARKS

All the regular students admitted into 1st year of the Faculty of Education must have met the entry requirements, and thus are eligible to pursue the available careers in the Faculty. However, experience has shown that many of these students relax efforts in the early years of study, apparently, assuming that like the practice in the primary and secondary schools, they would make up for the lost efforts in their later years of study. This assumption is false in the Nigerian University System.

Here at the University of Port Harcourt, every registered course (except officially dropped);

(1)  Requires a minimum of 70% attendance to lecture/tutorial (L) and (T) or Laboratory (L)/Practice (P) to qualify for examinations.

(2)  Must be continuously assessed through assignments, test, etc;

(3)  Must culminate in an examination and must have a grade returned for every student who registered for it, which must comprise of at least 25-30% from continuous assessment and 70% from examination.

Each course in the programme contributes towards the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) with its weights (credit units). In the Department of Library and Information Science, the weights for a course may be 1,2, or 3 credit units as the case may be, except for the final year research project whose weight is 6 credit units. Most top job opportunities in the job market are usually reserved for graduates with excellent or very good degree classified (1st class or 2nd class upper division).

In terms of the letter grades earned in all the courses offered in a given academic programme of study, 1st class, 2nd class upper division and “high” 2nd class lower division simply mean respectively;

(a)  The 1st class is equivalent to the attainment of at least ‘A’, ‘B’ average (a minimum final CGPA of (5+4)/2=4.50) during the course of study. To achieve this, one must earn very few ‘Cs’ not more than two or three and more ‘As’ than ‘Bs’ in all courses. Earning even one ‘D’ can be fatal.

(b)  The 2nd class upper division is equivalent to the attainment of at least ‘B’; ‘C’ average (a minimum final CGPA of 3.5) during the course of study. To achieve this, one must be an average student throughout the programme of study.

Therefore, for the ambitious student, hard work begins from year 1 and spans through year 4. Few low grades can thwart a student’s ambition. However, one should always be true to his/her abilities, and not resort to cheating to claim what does not belong to him/her.

EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE

Any student found guilty of examination malpractice shall be expelled from the University.

FORGERY

Any student found guilty of forging certificates, transcripts and other official documents shall be expelled from the University.

Students are therefore advised to completely avoid vices (such as secret cultism and examination malpractice) that will ultimately put them out of course and disrepute. They are rather encouraged to be obedient, humble and law abiding and to act in such a manner as to achieve their primary purpose of advancing their education.

DEAN’S LIST

A student, who by virtue of his performance at the end of any academic semester achieves a GPA of 4.00 or over, will have his/her name published in the Dean’s list of the Faculty. Each list is valid for one semester immediately following the publication of the result and until the publication of the result of the next semester. The names on the Dean’s list reflect not only the excellent performance of the students but also demonstrate academic capabilities of a high degree. Consequently, such a student may be required to take extra course beyond the normal course load.

GENERAL UNIVERSITY REGULATION

The above regulations shall be read in conjunction with the general university regulations, which are regarded as part of these regulations.

Dr. Henrietta O.C. Otokunefor

Head of Department

COURSE OUTLINE

YEAR ONE

1ST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

GES    100.1

GES    102.1

EDU    100.1

LIS      101.1

LIS      102.1

LIS      103.1

LIS      104.1

 

LIS      105.1

Communication Skills in English

Introduction to Philosophy & Logic

Introduction to Education

Introduction to Library and Information Studies

Information in Libraries and  Society

Introduction to an automated library

Information Technology 1: Basics and Application

Introduction to Library and Information Resources

3

2

2

2

2

3

3

 

2

 

Total

19

2nd SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Units

GES    101.2

GES    103.2

GES    104.2

EDU   101.2

LIS      111.2

LIS      112.2

 

LIS      113.2

 

LIS      114.2

Computer Appreciation / Application

Nigerian People and Culture

Use of Library Studies, Skills and ICT

Instructional Technology

History of Libraries & Information Centres

Computer Application to Library (Basic Computer Skill)

Information Technology 2: Fundamentals of Internet

Information Processing in Library and Information  Centres  

3

2

2

2

3

2

 

2

 

3

 

Total

19

 

Grand Total Yr. 1

38

         

COURSE DESCRIPTION

GES 100.1 – COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH (2 Units)

Effective communication and written skills, language skills, writing of essay answer. Instruction on lexis. Sentence construction, outline and paragraphs. Collection and organization of materials and logical presentation. Punctuation and logical presentation of papers. Use of library, phonetics, art of public speaking and oral communication.

GES 102.1 – INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY & LOGIC (See GES Handbook)  (2 Units)

EDU 100.1 -   INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION (2 Units)

The course presents a general introduction to education as a discipline and as a profession. Students will be introduced to the scope of education, its roles in society and why teachers study education. Added to this, the course will introduce students to the knowledge of specialised areas in education. These include Educational Management, Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, Foundations of Education, Educational awareness of their inter-relationships and importance.

LIS 101.1 – INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (2 Units)

The nature and characteristics of information; information and society; history of libraries-digital, virtual and electronic library; principles; basics of publishing; visits to libraries, information centres, archives and publishing houses, national and international library association; library development in Nigeria; career and professional issues.

LIS 102.1 –INFORMATION IN LIBRARIES AND SOCIETY     (2 Units)

Factors determining the establishment and patterns of library services in society with particular reference to developing countries; library as medium of communication and its relationship with other information and communications systems; functions of different types of libraries; oral traditions, illiteracy and libraries, intellectual freedom and censorship; the profession and professional responsibility.

LIS 103.1 – INTRODUCTION TO AN AUTOMATED LIBRARY (3 Units)

The students will be introduced to an automated library, its features and functions in all library operations. Particular emphasis will be on the online public access catalogue, the electronic entrance and access facilities; research and learning commons. The use of the Internet, the different available search engines and basic web information retrieval techniques will be covered in this course.

LIS 104.1 – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY I: BASICS AND APPLICATION (3 Units)

This course exposes the student to basic principles of computer-based information systems and their applications to libraries and information centres.

LIS 105.1 – INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY AND INFORMATION RESOURCES (2 Units)

Books; (References, textbooks, government information, fiction and non-fiction, periodicals, newspapers, magazines etc.) Non-book; (Audio visual software and hardware); electronic publication (CD-ROM, Digital Libraries Internet etc.)

GES 101.2 – COMPUTER APPRECIATION 1 APPLICATION (See GES Handbook) (3 Units)

GES 103.2 – NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE (See GES Handbook)

GES 104.1 – USE OF LIBRARY STUDIES, SKILLS AND ICT    (2 Units)

EDU 101.2 – INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (2.Units)

This course exposes students to the different misconceptions of the field of educational technology. This is followed by modern definition of educational technology. The course presents the different classes of audio-visual materials and their production, to produce/improvise and audio-visual material for use during teaching practice.

LIS 111.2 – HISTORY OF LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION CENTRES (Emphasis Nigerian) (3.Units)

Outline history of Libraries of the western Word from antiquity to the present. Evolution of Nigerian Libraries  from pre-colonial to post-independence period; Islamic scholarship and growth of Arabic collections; forces in the emergence of modern libraries in Nigeria; development of Nigerian libraries  by types, legislation; library associations; international organizations and other external agencies in Nigeria’s Library development.

LIS 112.2 – COMPUTER APPLICATION TO LIBRARY (BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS) (2 Units)

The students will be taught the relevance of computer literacy and appreciation to library and information centre services. The course will help students to understand the components of the computer’s hardware in terms of input and output devices; processing and memory on the motherboard, storing data and information, connecting peripherals to the computer, power controls and knowing how to set it up. The basics of application software will be covered as well current version of Microsoft office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

LIS 113.2 – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY II: Fundamentals of Internet (2 Units)

This course will cover introduction to computer Networks and uses. Emphasis will be on their classification to intra-net and Extra-net (LAN, MAN, WAN, Internet); Networking Models (ISO, OSI, TCP/IP reference); and Network Topologies (Bus, Ring, Star, Mesh).

LIS 114.2 – INFORMATION PROCESSING IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTRES (3 Units)

The course covers the common data processing constructs and programming concepts used in library and information science. These constructs and techniques form the basis of applications in the fields of bibliographic records management, full text management and multimedia. The techniques are evaluated in terms of history, strength and weakness as applicable to library and information science.

YEAR TWO

1ST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

GES    200.1

EDU    200.1

LIS      201.1

LIS      202.1

LIS      203.1

LIS      204.1

LIS      205.1

LIS      206.1

 

LIS     207.1

EDU   2C1

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Developmental Psychology

Information Organisation and Access

Principles of Cataloguing and Classification

Introduction to Bibliography

Managing Collection and Access

Management of Electronic Resources

Library and Information Services to the Rural Communities

Information Literacy

Community Service

2

2

2

2

2

3

2

2

 

2

1

 

Total

20

2nd SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Units

LIS       211.2

LIS       212.2

 

LIS       213.2

LIS       214.2

LIS       215.2

LIS       216.2

 

Use and Users of Information

Reference and Searching Online Information System

Information Storage and Retrieval 

Advanced Bibliographic Metadata

Introduction to Network Systems

Indigenous Knowledge System

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

 

 

Total

20

 

Grand Total Yr. 2

40

       

COURSE DESCRIPTION

EDU 200.1 – DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (See Faculty of Education Handbook) (2 Units)

GES 200.1 – PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION (2Units)

GES 200.1 – PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION (2Units)

Basic Concepts in Peace and Conflict Studies; Peace as vehicle of unity and development; Conflict issues; types of conflict, e.g. Ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts; Root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa; Indigene/settler.

LIS 201.1 – INFORMATION ORGANISATION AND ACCESS  (3 Units)

The course highlights information organisation and access in settings and systems of different kinds. The information transfer process is traced from the generation of knowledge through its storage and use in both print and non-print formats. The creation of information systems; the principles and practice of selection and preservation, methods of organising information for retrieval and display will be covered as well as the operation of organisations that provide information services and the information service needs of various user communities.

LIS 202.1-PRINCIPLES OF CATALOGUING AND CLASSIFICATION (3.Units)

How are materials organised in a modern library and information Center? How do description and access support users in their efforts to find and retrieve these materials? What standards and technologies help in storing, sharing and making findable the records for these materials? Principles of Cataloguing and Classification explore both the theory and practice of library metadata using current standards and tools. This course is an introduction to basic principles and concepts of descriptive and subject cataloguing in the context of information needs for various user communities. The principles, structures, standards, technologies and practices relating to organising and creating access to print and non-print media are explored. The coverage of subject analysis and descriptive practices are included with the introduction of controlled vocabularies using MARC 21; AACR 2, Library of Congress Classification Scheme, Sears List of Subject Heading and Dewey decimal classification.

LIS 203.1 –– INTRODUCTION TO BIBLIOGRAPHY   (3 Units)

Areas that will require attention are the history and concept of bibliography, different types, uses and characteristics of bibliography, the practices of compiling lists, criteria for evaluation, bibliographic control, some problems inhibiting bibliographic work, national bibliographies especially national bibliography of Nigeria and the role of modern technology in bibliography.

LIS 204.1 - MANAGING COLLECTION AND ACCESS (3 Units)

This course covers many aspects of the management and development of collections for libraries and information centres. Topics include the selection of print and online materials, formats of materials, collection development policies, acquisitions of materials and approval plans, collecting for particular communities of users, intellectual and access issues with information resources, the role of government information in collection, publishing and e-publishing, and the evaluation of collections. Also examines issues affecting the development of collections for academic, public, special and school libraries; the marketplaces, publishing, legal issues, and budget allocation; document delivery, collaboration and cooperation.

 LIS 205.1 - MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES (2Units)

This course is a follow-up to Managing Collection and Access. Electronic resources are a growing part of library materials in all types of libraries and information centres. The course content explores the management of library electronic resources with particular focus on subscription resources such as databases, e-books and e-serials. The course follows the lifecycle of e-resources beginning with selection, acquisition, vendor relations, negotiation, licensing, work flows, modules, underlying technologies including OpenURL and federated searching, evaluation, statistics, preserving access and presentation of e-resources to users.

LIS 206.1 – LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES TO RURAL COMMUNITIES (2 Units)

The Nigerian rural setting; occupation and recreation; needs assessment; library and information programmes and resources; identification of and cooperation with other change agents and local power elites.

LIS 207.1 – INFORMATION LITERACY (2 Units)

Definition of information literacy; importance of information literacy; characteristics and types of information; information sources; information access tools; search strategies; information literacy skills; internet as information provider copyright issues; citation; evaluation of information sources

EDU 2C1 - COMMUNITY SERVICE  (1 Unit)

Community service course entails going out to community to work, solving specific problems that require manual labour. It is not intended to be a field application of theory or a concession of the dignity of labour. The course work activities are such that leaving the campus to get involved in them is a profound learning experience, which also links academic pursuit to social purposes. Students participate in the choice and development of projects for this purpose

LIS 211.2 – USE AND USERS OF INFORMATION (3 Units)

The course explores information needs and uses at a general level, addressing formal and informal information channels, barriers to information, issues of value, and impacts of technology. It also examines information seeking practices of particular communities and within various environments, introducing recent approaches to user-centered system design and digital library development. The course provides an overview of methods that can be used to study information needs, information seeking behaviours and related phenomena.

LIS 212.2 – REFERENCE AND SEARCHING ONLINE INFORMATION SYSTEM (3 Units)

The course examines reference and information services in a variety of settings, introduces widely used print and online sources, and grows questions negotiation skills and search strategies. Explores the state-of-the art online information retrieval systems, with particular focus on their use as part of reference service in libraries, familiarises students with the characteristics of both bibliographic and non-bibliographic databases; and trains students in the use of at least one online retrieval system that is readily available. The course will also cover some principle tools for seeking information and the criteria necessary to evaluate those tools: printed reference books, fee-based databases and the “free” Web. It will also cover reference interview and how to seek information from library users, search strategies to use with reference tools, “library use instruction”, or teaching people how to use the library themselves, and how reference services are being reorganised in these modern times.

LIS 213.2-INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL  (3 Units)

The course is intended to extend students’ understanding of the state-of-the art search and retrieval methods. It will involve the design, deployment and evaluation of information retrieval systems in a variety of environment in a twofold way. The students will study advance methods of query and document representation and related formalisms for performing retrieval in the first instance. Secondly, they will work with a variety of data sets and several open-source information retrieval information analysis software suites.

LIS 214.2 – ADVANCE BIBLIOGRAPHIC METADATA (3 Units)

Students will be exposed to both theoretical and applied approaches to cataloguing, with hands-on experience in the creation and management of complex descriptive and subject metadata using the Donald E.U.Ekong Library as their lab. Topics include current developments in conceptual models for bibliographic materials; information processing and mapping; socio-cultural and critical warrant; and ethical foundations of information organization. Students will engage critically with principles and practices in the application of bibliographic standards in a variety of contexts.

LIS 215.2 –INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SYSTEMS (3 Units)

The aim of this course is to provide a practical detailed knowledge of the technology for all levels of competency in library and information environments. It is a hands-on introduction to technology systems for use in information environments. Students will be taken through choosing, installing and managing computer hardware and operating systems, including networking hardware and software. Alternatives for administering IT and how to assess emerging technologies and their applicability to library settings will also be explored. The primary objective of providing a conceptual understanding of the topics of the day through concrete hands-on examples of implementation by learning the underlying concepts that will prepare students to help design networked systems relevant for today and easily adapted for the needs and technologies of the future.

LIS  216.2 – INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM (2 Units)

Concept of Indigenous  Knowledge; Services and use of Indigenous Knowledge; Documentation of Indigenous Knowledge; Management of Indigenous Knowledge ; Problems of Generating, Packing and Use of Indigenous Knowledge.

YEAR THREE

1ST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

GES    300.1

LIS      301.1

 

LIS      302.1

LIS      303.1

LIS      304.1

 

LIS       305.1

LIS      306.1

LIS      307.1

 

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Development

Technical Services  in Libraries and Information Centres

Information Management  and Marketing

Knowledge Management

Introduction to Preservation

Research and Statistical Methods

School Libraries and Media Resources Centres

Electives

 

2

2

 

2

2

2

2

2

6

 

 

Total

20

2nd SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Units

LIS    311.2

 

 Field Experience (SIWES)

6

 

Total

6

 

Grand Total Yr. 3

26

GES 300.1 – FUNDAMENTALS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT (2 Units)

This course is to expose students to introductory aspect of the theory of entrepreneurship and the acquisition of practical skills in small-scale businesses which relate to librarianship profession. The aim here is to enable them to stand on their own after graduation if there is no immediate paid employment.

LIS 301.1 – TECHNICAL SERVICES IN LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION CENTRES (2 Units)

Emphasis on management aspect s of library acquisition; circulation; order routines; acquisition of foreign publications binding; storage and preservation of materials in tropical countries; cataloguing and processing; automation of technical operations; reprography Acquisition of digital materials.

LIS 302.1 –INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING (2 Units)

Definition data, information and management, management principles and applications to information system. Introduction to management information system, market principles and strategies in Library Information System.

LIS 303.1 – KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (2.Units)

Definition and conceptualization of Knowledge Management; Application of Knowledge Management in Library and Information Practice; Problems and prospects of Knowledge Management.

LIS 304.1 – INTRODUCTION TO PRESERVATION OF LIBRARY AND ARCHIVAL MATERIALS (2 Units)

Provides introduction to the preservation of library materials  including an overview of the  physical and chemical determination in various forms of media especially digitals materials and exploration of  the body knowledge related to ameliorating these problems; introduction to concepts of conservation; identification of institutions with good preservation practices; students are encourage to visit these places .

LIS  305.1 – RESEARCH AND STATISTICAL METHODS  (2 Units)

Nature and purpose of research in Library and Information Science; types of research; survey, historical/documentary and experimental; steps in research; statement of problem; review of literature, data collection and analysis; conclusion and recommendation. Also introduction to basic statistical concepts and calculations of descriptive statistics. Application of quantitative techniques in Library and Information Management.

LIS 306.1 – SCHOOL LIBRARIES AND MEDIA RESOURCES CENTRES (2 Units)

Structure and functions of Nigerian primary and secondary education, functions of school libraries, problem of their development in Nigeria; evolution of media resource centres; standards, personnel collection; services; development and problems of school libraries and media resource centres in Nigeria.

LIS 307.1-ELECTIVES

LIS 311.2 FIELD EXPERIENCE (SIWES) (6 Units)

The Industrial Training (SIWES) will take place in the second semester of the 3rd (300 level) year which must meet the specifications approved by ITF and carries six (6) credit hours. It should comprise of at least twelve weeks of supervised field experience in any approved library and information centre in Nigeria undertaken throughout the three months of the 300 level second semester within the academic programme and long vacation.

YEAR FOUR

1ST SEMESTER

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

GES    400.1

 

LIS      401.1

LIS      402.1

LIS      403.1

 

LIS      404.1

 

LIS      405.1

LIS      406.1

Entrepreneurship in Libraries  and Information Centres

Government Publication

Introduction to Archives and Record  Management

Administration & Management of Library and Information Centres

Measurement and Evaluation of Adequacy of Resources and Services

Information Ethics and Law

Electives

2

 

2

3

3

 

3

 

2

3

 

Total

18

 

2nd SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Units

LIS       411.2

LIS       412.2

LIS       413.2

LIS       414.2

Digital Libraries

Abstracting and Indexing

Digital Preservation &Institutional Repositories

Research Project

2

3

3

6

 

Total

14

 

Grand Total Yr.4

32

 

GES 400.1 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTRES (2 Units)

This is to expose student further to entrepreneurial skills. The students in collaboration with their teachers will explore means of researching and developing projects with emphasis on team and interdisciplinary approaches.

LIS 401.1 –GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION  (2Units)

Definition, nature and uses of government documents; types of documents; bibliographic  control of Government publications; international organizations (e.g UN and UN bodies, AU, ECOWAS); their publication; acquisition; control and organization in libraries.

LIS 402.1 – INTRODUCTION TO ARCHIVES AND RECORD MANAGEMENT (3 Units)

Discuses the life cycle of record as well as records continuum and covers records creation; maintenance of records disposals; provides an introduction archival profession with focus on theory and practices in the area of appraisal, acquisition, arrangement  and description, references, preservation, exhibition, outreach and electronic resources.

LIS 403.1 –ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTRES (3.Units)

The course is designed to explore the principles that govern how organisations and institutions work, also providing a foundation for and introduction to the theories, practices and procedures involved in the management and administration of libraries and information centres.

LIS 404.1 – MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION OF ADEQUACY OF RESOURCES AND SERVICES (3 Units)

As libraries and information centres are service organizations the measurement and evaluation of the adequacy of the resources cannot be ignored. Areas to be examined are techniques for measuring adequacy of resources and services (compiling statistics of gross holdings and annual additions, checklists and citation analysis, standards, opinions of users, circulation frequency and other use measurement techniques will be dealt with.

LIS 405.1- INFORMATION ETHICS AND LAW (2 Units)

Familiarisation with information ethics and law in LIS. Professional Code of Ethics in Library and Information Practice, intellectual property and copyright law. Librarian Registration Council of Nigerian (LRCN).

LIS 406.1- ELECTIVE (3 Units)

LIS 411.2- DIGITAL LIBRARIES (2 Units)

The course will introduce students to the overview of digital library comprising of definition, need for a digital library and types. It will also include the components of a digital library (collection, network, organisation, browsing and interfaces); advantages and limitations as well as digitisation tools, techniques, resolution and imaging; formats which include character sets like Unicode, files and formats of documents, images, videos, audio, etc. conversion from one format to another, usage of XML. Roles and types of metadata, standard (Dublin-core) and digital Library Software D-Space, Greenstone etc. will be covered. The course will be a comprehensive examination of the history and state-of-the-art in digital library research and practice. The focus is the theoretical, technological, human factors and evaluative components of digital library research and practice. It includes an intensive reading of the literature, review of existing technologies and proof-of-concepts implementation projects. Students should have access to a personal computer on which they can experiment on their own with downloaded software tools. Students by this time must be competent in basic computing including the installation and configuration of software packages.

LIS 412.2 – ABSTRACTING AND INDEXING (3.Units)

This is an advanced course of cataloguing and classification. The relationship between classification and indexing will be highlighted. The problems of periodicals, cataloguing, classification, concepts and methods of indexing and abstracting, types of indexes and abstracts, indexing and abstracting services including electronic databases, and evaluation of indexes and abstracts will be treated.

LIS 413.2 –DIGITAL PRESERVATION AND INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES (3.Units)

 Digital preservation overview, need, challenges, strategy-migration, replication, computer archaeology, standards, Universal virtual computers, digital preservation metadata and Institutional Repositories will be covered in the first segment. Next will the creation of Institutional Repositories as digital libraries through the process of planning, creating and its management. There will be laboratory work on the installation, configuration and working in digital software.

LIS 414.2 – RESEARCH PROJECT (6 Units)

A topic on any aspect of library and information science will be selected by the student and approved by the course supervisor or Head of Department. The project should preferably be related to the type of library in which the student intends to work. The report must be written under supervision of a staff member. Students should demonstrate their understanding of research methodology through use of collection, analysis and interpretation techniques. The project must be a contribution to knowledge.

ELECTIVES

LIS 307.11 – SELECTION AND ACQUISITION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS  (3 Units)

Highlights of this course are the point nature of the book selection processes, selection of book suppliers, and criteria for the selection, methods of acquisition (purchase, gift, exchange membership of societies etc.), acquisition procedures, selection and acquisition policies of software in acquisition.

LIS 307.12 – INTRODUCTION TO PUBLISHING AND BOOK TRADE (3 Units)

A brief history of printing and publishing from the earliest times to the present day will be given. Emphasis will be on the printing and publishing processes in Nigeria, manuscript development and editing, author/publisher and printer/publisher relationships, marketing and motion techniques, piracy and intellectual property laws, use of new technologies in publishing and problems of printing and publishing in Nigeria. Psychological Association (APA) style will be presented.

LIS 307.13 – DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (3 Units)

A database program is an information manager that can help alleviate information overload. This course will expose students to different Relational Database Management (RDBM) software such as ACCESS & MySQL. Particular attention paid to the use of one particular software for instance ACCESS. Special emphasis on user needs assessments, record structures and data manipulation. Practice in developing a small database application.

LIS 307.14 –ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH LIBRARIANSHIP (2Units)

This course will involve the nature and functions of the parent organizations; the objectives of academic and research libraries, information seeking behaviour of clientele, selective dissemination of information personnel, budgeting, application of modern technology and problems relating to storage and maintenance of materials.

LIS 307.15 –LITERATURE AND LIBRARY SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (2Units)

Areas to be examined are characteristics, interest and needs of children and adolescents, children’s literature, selection of materials, types of programmes, school/public library relationship, and role of the librarian and the teacher in promoting the reading habits of children and adolescents.

LIS 307.16 –NATIONAL AND PUBLIC LIBRARIANSHIP (2Units)

The salient features of national and public libraries will be the main thrust of this course. These features include the origin and development of national and public libraries, their objectives, administration and control, finance, staffing, nature of clientele and services. There will be an in-depth study of the national library of Nigeria and the public library system in Nigeria.

LIS 406.11 – REFERENCE AND INFORMATION SERVICE (3 Units)

The core areas in this course are the evolution, theory and objectives of reference service, reference questions, techniques of literature searching, abstracting and indexing services, current awareness, selective dissemination of information and translation services, reference and information services in different types of libraries, organization and evaluation of reference services, status of reference and information services in Nigerian Libraries.

LIS 406.12 – MANAGEMENT OF REFERENCE AND INFORMATION SERVICES (3 Units)

Effective reference and information service is the key to the service concept of library and information science. Therefore, a high premium will be placed on the reference unit, how it is set up, its personnel, information resources, level of financial support, evaluation of reference and information services and feedback.

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