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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 designed to expose student to the basic concepts such as,  

  • The current literature, research and studies involving international and comparative librarianship
  • To recognize the vital need for international communication and cooperation in our global profession
  • To become acquainted with current developments in the area of worldwide library cooperation
  • To enable students to acquire an understanding of library and information services in other countries
  • To enable students to analyse library and information services and systems and specific problems in the other national, cultural, and societal environments
  • To become familiar with the activities and contributions of professional organizations, inter-governmental agencies and non-governmental agencies in the information field that are working to achieve international library cooperation and the development of library and information services

This course includes the following lecture themes:

  1. Introduction to the study of Librarianship Worldwide, 
  2. Librarianship in developing countries with emphasis on social, political and economic
  3. Factors affecting creation, acquisition, publication and dissemination of information.
  4. The role of international agencies e.g. IFLA, UNESCO etc. in libraries.
  5. Methodology for Study of the Discipline
  6. Information Sources

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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