Library and Information Science Programme Philosophy and Aims
On this article we are going to treat the philosophy and aims of Library and Information Programme
In recognition of the need for specialists to meet the requirement of rapidly changing enviroments, clientele and technologies, the Library and Information Science programme offers integrated basic professional course of studies needed for careers in all types of libraries, information and documentation cerntres.
The programme endorses and promotes the concept that the Library and Information Profession is dynamic and multifaceted. It is dedicated to identifying, preserving, organizing, disseminating and encouraging the use of records of human culture, past and present, to broadly reflect and actively respond to the needs of society.
This programme recognizes the values of information as vital resources for the development of the individual, groups of persons and nations. It should inculcate in the graduate of the programme, the spirit of problem-solving through information provision in other to meet society’s information needs for variety of purposes such as education, research, enlightenment and recreation.
The programme should develop and train librarians in the mastery and understanding of techniques of establishing and managing libraries and information centres.
Graduates of the Department’s BLS programme should be familiarized with and sensitized to the application of theories and concepts that are applicable to libraries. They should have an understanding of how information is accumulated, analyzed and disseminated. They should be able to promote and encourage the utilization of information for the advancement of knowledge and national development.
The Library and Information Science course of study is designed specifically to educate librarians to understand and apply the theory and principles underlying library service, to be aware of the scope and nature of cultural records and to be capable of exercising professional judgment.
The programme offers students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to analyze the informational, cultural and educational requirements of varied communities; to formulate creative responses; to make wise and accountable decisions; and to carry out successfully articulated programmes of library service in the field and to lay proper foundation for further studies in Library and Information Science.
The students will be guided to recognize the librarians roles as active agents in the creation, transmission, preservation and utilization of knowledge.
The programme of study leads to the award of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science BLS