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Course Description

Credit Units: 2
Lecturer: Dr. Abdulsalami, L.T, Email Id:, College of Education & Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences; Library & Information Science

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

The course is intended to provide the student with the introduction to the basic principles of History of library and information science with specific references to different types of library, such Academic, School, Private, Public, and National etc. At the end of the course, Students should be able to: determine the factors for the establishment of History of the library and information science.

This course includes the following lecture themes:

  • Outline history of libraries of the western world from antiquity to the present 
  1. Evolution of Nigeria libraries from pre-colonial to post-independence period 
  2. Islamic scholarship and growth of Arabic collections 
  3. Forces in the emergence of modern libraries in Nigeria
  4. Development of Nigerian libraries by types 
  5. Legislation; library associations; international organizations and other external agencies in Gambia’s library development.

Methods of Instruction:

    1. Lecture
    2. Tutorials
  • Seminar/Assignment
  •  Test

Methods of Course Assessment:

The Assessment of the students will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. The assessment will be based on the following:

Criteria Marks

Class work & Test   20

Seminar/Assignment                 10

Semester Examination   70

Total   100

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Co-requisite course(s):


Recommended Reference Materials:


Encyclopedia of librarianship or any relevant textbooks on library and information science and Library and Society Class Notes 2020. From Dr. Abdulsalami, L.T


Library and Information Journals or master’s thesis and undergraduate project on the same course in the library.

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