International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246


Emergence of electronic library resources: A threat to librarians?

Oshilalu, Habdulhakeem Adeyinka
Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 January 2011
  •  Published: 28 February 2011



The influence of electronic library resources on the activities of librarians in modern age cannot be over-emphasized. Despite it huge influences, one wonders why it is perceived as a threat to the information professions? This work is much of a conviction and a call on librarians to embrace the emergence of electronic library resources as a development that is capable of increasing their productivity rather than perceiving it as any form of threat. The work examines some ways through which electronic library resources could appear in form of threat to Librarians. Moreso, it provides some measures that could be taken by librarians to counter the threat without much hassles. The article urges librarians to rise up to the task of getting the best out of the existence of electronic library resources. In conclusion, the article affirms that the emergence of electronic library resources is a true reflection that the library is a growing organism and the emergence of this set of library materials is one of the growths expected from library that is committed to meeting users’ information needs within the shortest possible means of all type.


Key words: Library, librarians, library resources, electronic library resources, library user, librarians’ threat, library growth.