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: 226

Review

The library’s role in developing information literacy and societal growth

Fredrick Olatunji Ajegbomogun
  • Fredrick Olatunji Ajegbomogun
  • Nimbe Adedipe Library, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
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Veronica Olufunmilola Ajegbomogun
  • Veronica Olufunmilola Ajegbomogun
  • Gani Belo Library, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 01 April 2015
  •  Accepted: 27 August 2015
  •  Published: 30 September 2015

Abstract

Information is the bedrock of knowledge development and is expected to achieve societal growth. One of the most obvious trends in recent times has been the rapid growth of information that changes the economy and its attendant structures. Over the years, the developing countries are still not able to match up with this global phenomenon. Lifestyles in most of the developing world have continued to deteriorate simply because of the insensitivity of the government to citizens’ plight. Many people are walloping in abject poverty, debt crises, communal violence, diseases, food shortage and malnutrition, etc. This study focused on the library’s role in developing information literacy and societal growth. Knowledge acquisition, preservation, access to information and dissemination always enhanced development and will continue to change the way people seek and use information. The study, therefore, concluded that the application of IT in all sectors of the economy will encourage self sufficiency in food production, good health and rapid development among the citizenry.

 

Key words: Library, information literacy, societal growth, Nigeria.